The 2007 Cadillac XLR-V is a landmark car in Cadillac’s long history. XLR-V elevates the performance and luxury attributes of the brand’s growing V-Series lineup to the fullest extent.
XLR-V is the quickest, most agile and most exclusive Cadillac ever offered. Launched in early 2006, the supercharged XLR-V combines advanced technology with hand craftsmanship that harkens back to Cadillac’s origins as a custom luxury coach builder.
The 443-horsepower supercharged Northstar V-8 engine powering the XLR-V is hand assembled to exacting standards at GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom , Mich. Each engine is built from start to finish by a single expert craftsman. The engine is paired with a new six-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control. This powerful combination enables 0-to-60 (mph) acceleration in less than five seconds. The XLR-V includes numerous chassis enhancements for outstanding performance, developed and tuned at some of the world’s most demanding environments.
The XLR-V’s supercharged Northstar V-8 SC (supercharged) engine is hand assembled to exacting standards at GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, Mich. Each engine is built from start to finish by a single expert craftsman. The engine is mated to the all-new Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control. This powerful combination enables 0-to-60 (mph) acceleration in less than five seconds.
The engine produces 443 horsepower (330 kW) at 6400 rpm and 414 lb.-ft. (561 Nm) of torque at 3900 rpm (SAE certified*) – and the engine’s power is underscored by its ability to deliver 90 percent of its peak torque between 2200 and 6000 rpm. The SC also features variable valve timing that enables outstanding top-end performance while maintaining the expected refinement and quality associated with a luxury marque.
The 6L80 is one of the most technologically advanced automatic transmissions in the industry, using clutch-to-clutch operation and an advanced integrated 32-bit transmission controller to deliver smooth, precise shifts. In addition, a wide 6.04:1 overall ratio spread enhances performance and fuel economy. The transmission incorporates advanced Performance Algorithm Shifting (PAS), Performance Algorithm Liftfoot (PAL) and Driver Shift Control (DSC).
The XLR-V also includes numerous chassis enhancements for outstanding performance, include larger brakes; recalibrated Magnetic Ride Control (MR); larger front stabilizer bar and the addition of a rear stabilizer bar; stiffer rear lower control arm bushings; larger wheels and tires; a power steering fluid cooler; and a higher-capacity fuel pump. The vehicle was developed and tuned at some of the world’s most demanding environments.
XLR-V styling modifications create a bolder character in keeping with its performance capabilities, yet communicate refined elegance. Design refinements include:
- Polished wire mesh upper and lower front grilles, a V-Series signature
- Aggressively sculpted hood that makes room for the supercharger
- New 10-spoke aluminum wheel design with sterling silver finish
- Unique V-Series and Supercharged badging
- Four polished stainless steel exhaust tips
- Black finish brake calipers with machined V-Series logo
- Three exterior color offerings: Infra Red, Black Raven and Light Platinum
- Zingana Wood on the shifter knob, cupholder area, steering wheel and on portions of the door and center console
- Ebony leather with French stitching on interior components
- Soft, supple leather seats with French stitching and matching perforated suede fabric inserts
- Aluminum accent pieces throughout the interior
The interior features extensive use of leather wrapped surfaces, created by craftsmen who cut, wrap and sew leather around components individually. The XLR-V marked the initial phase of a new approach to vehicle interiors for Cadillac. In this first incarnation, the existing luxury interior of the XLR roadster has been significantly enhanced for the limited-production V-Series variant.
Kinetic aluminum accents adorn the steering wheel and instrument panel and exotic Zingana wood trim appears throughout the cabin.
Production of the XLR-V will be limited to ensure exclusivity. The MSRP for XLR-V in the U.S. market is $100,000, including destination. XLR-V and STS-V are the first V-Series cars to be developed for international sales outside North America . For more information about the Cadillac V-Series, please see the separate V-Series release.