The XLR was new last year and Cadillac, with a new penchant
for speed, flare and daring, produced a landmark design
with advanced technology. The 2005 Cadillac XLR is a two-seater
with a retractable hardtop cover, as well as plenty of power,
style and comfort to satisfy the most jaded of appetites.
The 2005 Cadillac XLR is offered in one model trim only,
with satellite radio as the only optional extra. Different
interior and exterior colours allow some personalization.
Though the Cadillac XLR seats two, it doesn't shirk any
of the appointments necessary to achieve luxury status.
The leather upholstery is soft and giving, highlighted with
a subtle eucalyptus wood trim, this year offered with light
and dark choices. Striking aluminum accents provide a luxurious
and inviting environment and the gauges are designed in
conjunction with Italian luxury brand Bvlgari.
Air conditioning with dual-zone automatic climate controls
keeps you nice and cool when the top is up, while a leather-wrapped
steering wheel with radio controls is ideal for both gripping
and concentrating on the road.
Of course, there is plenty more. The 2005 Cadillac XLR's
seats are both heated and cooled in the back and the cushion.
There is a 7-inch color touch screen mounted in the upper
center console with access to DVD navigation and entertainment
(available in Park position only). A nine-speaker world-class
Bose audio system with a six-CD in-dash changer and digital
signal processing modes, plus XM Satellite Radio keeps the
music going for hours. The XLR is also equipped with OnStar
and a head-up display that projects key driver information
onto the windshield.
The retractable power hardtop opens and closes quietly and
efficiently. The top structure is made of aluminum and magnesium
with composite exterior panels, a heated glass backlight
and glass rear-quarter windows. Up front, rain-sensing wipers
do the work for you.
The 2005 Cadillac XLR looks cool, but it really sets itself
apart with its performance. The engine responsible for this
is a 4.6-liter Northstar VVT (variable valve timing) V8
with 320 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 310 lb-ft of torque
at 4400 rpm. The engine has been extensively re-engineered
for the luxury roadster, and it marks the Northstar's first
adaptation to rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and all-wheel-drive
(AWD) configurations. The engine is mated to the Hydra-Matic
5L50-E 5-speed automatic transmission, which offers three
performance features normally found individually on luxury
sport sedans: driver shift control, performance algorithm
shifting and performance algorithm liftfoot. This transmission
is also rear-mounted, offering more of a 50/50 weight distribution
for the car and providing for increased leg and foot room.
Handling the Cadillac XLR is a pleasure with the Magnetic
Ride Control system, which provides electronically controlled,
magnetic-fluid based real-time damping. The ride is also
enhanced by a new performance car architecture. Patented
by GM, it comprises steel hydroformed perimeter frame rails,
an enclosed structural "tunnel," aluminum cockpit
structure and balsa-cored composite floors.
Safety and Security
The XLR's safety system rounds out a comprehensive array
of features. All models come with standard dual front airbags,
side airbags, antilock 4-wheel disc brakes, an antiskid
system, tire-pressure monitor, a rear-obstacle-detection
system and cornering lights.
2005 Cadillac XLR - Vehicle
or Dark Eucalyptus wood interior
Steel exterior paint replaces Thunder Gray