2006 Cadillac XLR-V

  • 2006 Cadillac XLR-V Base Roadster Convertible

    Base Roadster Convertible

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2006 Cadillac XLR-V Review

A powerful, supercharged, V-8 engine with a high price.

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The 2006 Cadillac XLR-V is slowly but surely proving that Cadillac can build automobiles for the younger generation. The luxury roadster uses the basic platform of the Chevrolet Corvette, making the perfect brand of style and attitude all bundled into one fine, luxury convertible roadster.

Without a doubt, Cadillac has produced another winner in its lineup with the XLR-V, as well as the other vehicles in the V-Series. The 2006 Cadillac XLR-V provides a solid choice in luxury sport roadsters and deserves an extra look when shopping for an elegant two-seater.

The Range

Body Styles: Convertible roadster
Engines: supercharged 4.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: XLR-V Base

What's New

The Cadillac XLR-V delivers a variant performance of XLR luxury roadsters. It upgrades to a supercharged V-8 engine, improves the braking hardware and suspension, uses larger wheels, features special trim for the interior, and shows off body enhancements.


The exterior of the Cadillac XLR-V flaunts a unique body style with two doors. It seats two people. The power-operated retractable hardtop can open in about 20 to 30 seconds from the closed position, which makes it very convenient. Cadillac enhances the exterior with headlamp washers, rear parking sensors, high-intensity adaptive headlights, and 19-inch painted alloy wheels. Color options provide the perfect appearance.


Inside of the XLR-V, drivers find simple elegance with all of the clean-looking features like the touchscreen technology built into the dash design. Standard interior features include climate control with dual-zone functionality, a sound system with an in-dash CD changer, leather upholstery, aluminum and wood accents, air-conditioning, and cruise control.

Sitting in the bucket seats feels very comfortable, almost like sitting in an oversized recliner without the reclining feature. The upscale cabin feels rich and expensive. Storage meets the typical expectations of a two-seater and proves too small for bigger pieces of luggage or sports equipment. Just over 11 cubic feet of cargo capacity comes in the XLR-V, but for just two people, it could be perfect size for a weekend getaway or a small road trip.

Performance & Handling

Cadillac has stepped up a little further by including the XLR-V in its lineup for 2006. Similarly to the STS-V and CTS-V, performance focuses primarily around an enormously more powerful engine. The Cadillac XLR-V has the Northstar supercharged V-8 that offers more power and boost than other rivals in the segment. Fitting nicely under the XLR-V’s hood, the performance engine can produce a whopping 445 horsepower. Cadillac estimates that the XLR-V can reach a speed of 60 mph in only five seconds, or even less. The automatic six-speed transmission offers the manual shift feature that can transfer power to the rear 19-inch wheels and run-flat Pirelli tires. Upgrade packages further the interest for some drivers, with features such as the suspension called Magnetic Ride Control, or the cross-drilled brakes.

The Cadillac XLR-V contains a 4.4-liter, supercharged, V-8 engine that generates 445 horsepower and 414 lb-ft of torque. The power goes to the rear wheels via an automatic six-speed transmission with manual-shift control. The XLR-V makes an awesome choice for those serious drivers who appreciate a roadster with power.

The significant bump in horsepower from the XLR makes it evidently more responsive. The XLR-V has a sportier setup but keeps the balance in tuning for luxury and performance. The all-around handling and performance is above average, along with the precise steering, making the XLR-V a good option in luxury roadsters.


The Cadillac XLR-V has a host of features for safety, mostly to keep the automobile from having an accident. Stability control, anti-lock brakes, and side airbags all come standard. Since the Cadillac XLR-V provides two seats, the front airbag on the passenger’s side may be turned off to accommodate a child in a safety seat.

EPA Fuel Economy

XLR-V Base: 13/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Stunning design
  • Convenience of a hardtop
  • Supercharged V-8
  • Most features come standard

You Won't Like

  • Interior doesn’t reflect price
  • Small cargo space
  • May cramp tall drivers

Sum Up

A powerful, supercharged, V-8 engine with a high price.

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