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Cadillac XLR-V, Cadillac XLR, Coupe, Convertible
#27 of 202 Re: XLR thoughts [laurasdada]
Jun 28, 2005 (9:58 am)
laurasdad - I can certainly see why you like the SC430 interior (it's very nice and you can sense the quality), and you are absolutely right that GM typically doesn't do a good job on the interiors. However, if you haven't already, you should go sit in all three makes back to back to back (Mercedes, XLR and SC430). It's tough to desribe, but after testing all of them in the same day, the Lexus just looks and seems very 90's while the Mercedes and Cadillac look and feel 2005. Like I said, tough to describe without experiencing it.
Just agreed to the deal so nothing in the driveway yet to provide extended driving experience feedback. Price was the advertised GM employee price, $69k and change. Crimson Red with shale interior. Window tint is being done prior to pickup, nothing too dark just a moderate level to keep it cooler.
#28 of 202 Re: XLR thoughts [riceowls]
Jun 28, 2005 (6:30 pm)
Nice color, Crimson Red. Congrats.
I actually have sat in all three (last Nov., New England Intl. Auto Show). Watched the XLR roof (and Saab convertible just a few yards away) go up and down a few times. Cool. Also, wife has a Lexus RX300, so I've been in the SC many times at the local Lexus shop. Gorgeous.
Anyway, I just couldn't get over the feeling that the XLR interior was not suitable to a $76k car. Not as bad as the CTS interior which I find dreadful, but again, the SC outclasses it by a lot. I also found the STS sub-par with the SRX a little better. But again, GM (among other improvements) just needs to work on their interiors. And with Caddy, lower the prices (MSRP I mean as with inevitable rebates and the new "Employee" pricing, prices do always come down).
Enjoy the XLR, let us know your ownership impressions.
#29 of 202 Re: XLR thoughts [riceowls]
Jun 29, 2005 (5:28 am)
You got a good price.
I hope you and your wife really enjoy the car.
I am certain many of us here will appreciate photos and impressions if you have the chance.
#30 of 202 XLR-V now rated at 443 hp
Aug 16, 2005 (4:54 pm)
The XLR-V will go into production in early 2006.
The XLR-V's 4.4 liter Supercharged Northstar V-8 was recently rated at 443 hp at 6,400 rpm and 414 lb-ft of torque at 3,900 rpm.
#32 of 202 Cadillac XLR pictures for comparison
Aug 24, 2005 (6:39 pm)
#33 of 202 XLR-V
Sep 06, 2005 (10:47 pm)
The European-spec XLR-V will have 448 hp (DIN).
Oct 13, 2005 (1:28 pm)
pay $100,000.00 for this CADILLAC. If I had the money yes.
Please don't get on here dissing the XLR-V because you can't afford it.
Oct 15, 2005 (6:56 pm)
The lexus sc430 is not a comparison with the xlr, i think more or less its with the sl500, sl55, and temporarily (until the new z9 comes out) the m6 and 6 series. Personally, i love the styling of the xlr and would buy it over the sl or bimmer neday. this caddy is also a value compared to its german counterparts but i have to admit the interior, albeit nicely laid out and stylish, is not of the caliber of its german rivals. i still would buy it anyways.
#36 of 202 Caddy/BMW/Mercedes
Oct 16, 2005 (7:16 am)
I agree the SC430 is not really much of a comparo to the XLR. The SC430 just doesn't have any sport to it. It is like driving a 2-door LS430. The SL and XLR are far sportier and with the new Jaguar XK8 coming in the spring the SC430 is toast imo.
No Cadillac is worth 100K. They aren't built to that standard. That said I do admire their guts in overstepping Lexus' SC in price, but 100K, thats nuts for anything made by GM. I just wish the XLR didn't look like some type of fighter plane. It has no elegance or style, just flat and square looking to my eye, though the XLR-V looks better.
The XLR-V can forget competing with the V10 BMW M6, the XLR-V probably won't even match the SL55 in performance either so it should cost less than either.