I was looking at some older pictures of cars that I took and one car caught my eye as an overlooked performance car – the Cadillac XLR. This was a two-seat sports car based on a Chevrolet Corvette. The car had a retractable hard top which turned it into a stylish convertible. The standard engine is Cadillac’s 4.6 litre Northstar V8 tuned for 320 hp with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Cadillac XLR-V is the high performance version of the Cadillac XLR. I saw the Cadillac XLR-V at the Mosport track in 2007 and I was very impressed with the car, but unfortunately I have never had the opportunity to drive this car.
The Cadillac XLR was essentially available from 2004 to 2009, but sales were never high. I can only recall ever seeing one of these cars on the street. The annual sales figures for the Cadillac XLR are shown below:
If you look carefully, I am sitting in this Cadillac XLR-V
The Cadillac XLR-V, introduced in 2005, has a 4.4 litre supercharged V8 engine producing 443 horsepower. The supercharger and four intercoolers are built into the intake manifold. The Cadillac XLR-V has a six-speed automatic transmission, larger brakes from the Z51 Corvette, and 19-inch wheels.
The XLR-V can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. The Cadillac XLR-V has been timed it at 11.3 seconds to 100 mph and recorded a 13.0 second quarter mile at 110 mph. Its top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. So the car can go.
The Cadillac XLR Appears to be a Very Comfortable Car
These very expensive cars which obviously hurt the sales of this car. The initial selling price of these cars was $80,000 to $100,000. At this time, low mileage used Cadillacs XLR and XLR-V are available for $30,000 to $50,000. Also I think that people who are intersted in a two-seat North American car would probably be more attracted to the more well known and storied Corvette.
For these reasons, the Cadillac XLR seems to have been overlooked by many car people. It is what I would call a “gentleman’s rocketship”. I like the performance of this car and the idea that not many of these cars are seen on the road. And because these cars appear to have been overlooked, it might be possible to buy a lightly used, exclusive car at a good price.