2008 Cadillac XLR | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

This is the Corvette of  and is intended to provide an all-American choice to those who want a luxurious sports . The 2008 is a hardtop  with a retractable roof that opens or closes in about 30 seconds at the press of a button. Its styling is powerful and distinctively Cadillac with its sharply creased lines while it’s interior is inviting yet sporty. Engineered on the Corvette platform, the XLR is Cadillac’s vision of what a sports roadster ought to be.

In many ways, the design is unique splitting opinion – some would be keen on the sharp creased lines, while some would find it too extreme. But whatever, there’s no denying that the XLR will never be mistaken for anything else on the road with its inimitable yet controversial in-your-face kind of allure.

A car has to have the guts to go with the looks and the XLR delivers on this count with a 320hp 4.6-litre V8 engine up front under its long, wide hood. Delivering exhilarating performance, the power is transmitted through a six-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels. Harnessing all this power to keep the XLR firmly planted on the road is Cadillac’s
Magnetic Ride Control and StabiliTrak.

Modern features include head-up display, adaptive cruise control, heated and cooled seats, keyless access with push-button start and DVD entertainment. Eucalyptus wood inserts and Bvlgari-styled instrument panel venture
to create an aura of luxury inside.

If you’re hunting for attitude on every curve – and you have the money for it – the XLR is not a bad choice. It’s an inimitable, prototypical American muscle car fully attired for a black-tie lifestyle as well as tee and jeans culture. And if this doesn’t wet your appetite, then there’s the potent V-Series to choose from with a more powerful engine and
sports-biased suspension.

Technical Specifications
Engine4.6-litre V8
Power320bhp
Torque459Nm
TransmissionAutomatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 375,000 onwards*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

Lexus SC
Mercedes-Benz SL
Porsche 911
BMW 6-series
Chevrolet Corvette
Ford Mustang
Jaguar XK
Nissaan 350Z

 

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