In 1999, Cadillac unveiled its Evoq idea automobile to raving evaluations. Not like so many idea vehicles which have come and gone – and largely forgotten however for the pages of publications like ours – Cadillac really determined to construct and market the automobile.
The Choose of the Day is a 2004 Cadillac XLR marketed by a supplier in Wichita Falls, Texas, on ClassicCars.com.
The overwhelming positivity for the design of the two-seat roadster Evoq idea, and the general public’s urge for food for sporty roadsters, satisfied Cadillac to throw its hat within the ring with an opulent and highly effective automobile that will be in comparison with the Corvette. As a matter of reality, the automobile could be constructed on the identical meeting line in Bowling Inexperienced, Kentucky.
The XLR was produced from 2003-2009 for a complete of 15,460, though new-car gross sales continued into 2011 for 2009-titled vehicles as gross sales projections had been by no means met, which makes this automobile comparatively uncommon. By comparability (and maybe a stretch), the identical might be stated for Plymouth Superbirds, which didn’t meet projections – solely to turn into seven-figure, cherished collectibles.
The Corvette and the XLR would each have the all-new hydro-formed perimeter body and composite bodywork building. The similarities are clear, however these definitely are very totally different vehicles. This Xenon Blue on black inside appears and appears like a Cadillac. The daring, inflexible traces had been as recognizable on the XLR as on the CTS Sedan, whereas the Corvette of the day had way more rounded edges.
The XLR was the primary two-door convertible Cadillac produced for the reason that Allante, a future traditional in its personal proper. Like its predecessor, the XLR could be powered by a 4.6-liter NorthStar V8 making 320 horsepower and featured a retractable hard-top and heads-up show. The snug inside sported Bulgari-designed analog devices, engulfing the occupants in luxurious and magnificence.
Different pioneering options for Cadillac had been adaptive suspension, radar-adaptive cruise management and a touchscreen radio/navigation head unit. The 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution gave the XLR superior handing, which made it enjoyable to drive.
The supplier says there are 10,9441 miles on the odometer and is asking $14,900 – a far cry from the practically $80,000 price ticket when new.
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