Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Cadillac XLR

The XLR-V uses the same supercharged Northstar V8 as the Cadillac STS-V, though output is down somewhat. For the XLR-V, the engine is certified by the SAE to produce 443 hp (330 kW; 449 PS) and 414 ft·lbf (561 N·m). The supercharger and four intercoolers are built into the intake manifold. A six-speed automatic transmission, larger brakes from the Z51 Corvette, and 19-inch (480 mm) wheels will also be used.
The XLR-V can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds according to Car and Driver's tests. The magazine also timed it at 11.3 seconds to 100 mph (160 km/h) and recorded a 13.0 second quarter mile at 110 mph (177 km/h). Its top speed is limited to 155 mph (249 km/h) (Unlimited:180 mph (290 km/h)).[2]
Cadillac first presented the supercharged XLR-V in a Super Bowl commercial airing February 6, 2005. Super Bowl MVP, Deion Branch was also awarded an XLR. The car was formally introduced at the 2005 New York International Auto Show.
The XLR-V went on sale in the United States in early 2006 with a base price of $98,000. Pricing for the 2008 model starts at $101,300; making it one of General Motors' most expensive vehicles

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