The XLR lineup is now comprised of two models: The ultra-luxury Platinum model and the high-performance XLR-V. Minor styling changes include revised front and rear fascias, new chrome side vents and a host of interior updates and improvements. The bulging hood previously unique to the V-Series is now featured on both trims.
Cadillac now offers a limited-edition Alpine White model and has improved the XLR's Magnetic Ride Control system. Expanded color choices, a heated steering wheel and optional 18-inch chrome wheels finish out the changes.
There are two new Limited Edition trims: Platinum and Passion Red. On the technical front, a new six-speed automatic replaces last year's five-speed, while the seventh-generation OnStar service is added to the standard-equipment list.
Companion to the luxurious XLR roadster is the XLR-V, a supercharged dynamo intended to challenge the best from Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Porsche. On paper, the XLR-V certainly meets all the criteria, with a 443-horsepower supercharged V8 engine, a sub five-second zero-to-60-mph acceleration run and a six-figure window sticker. On the road, however, the story is not so clear. That's because the XLR-V's Corvette-derived chassis does not quite deliver the polish one experiences when driving a Jaguar XK or BMW 650i. And, while the Cadillac name is certainly making a comeback, in most circles it does not match the images of its European rivals.
Pros: "lots of fun to drive and gets good mileage"
Cons: "had issues with hardtop up"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Wow this car is a great driver car and rides great too!
Always gets lot of attention wherever we go. People on the freeways give us the once over and a thumbs up a lot.
People come up to us in parking lots, at gas stations, wherever its parked and ask about it. Glad we bought it."