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2007 Cadillac XLR-V Review
An incredibly sporty, luxury car.
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The Cadillac XLR-V is a high-performance version of the XLR. It was unveiled during the Super Bowl in February and making its official debut at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. While the XLR became available with the 2004 model year, the XLR-V was not sold until the 2006; all XLR models were discontinued after the 2009 model year and replaced by the CTS Coupe. The XLR and XLR-V are closely related to the Corvette and assembled at the same location.
The 2007 model received a handful of upgrades over the original models. It is an incredibly fast, top-tier luxury sport vehicle, which can more than keep up with almost any legal vehicle sold.
Engines: 4.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual
Models: Cadillac XLR-V convertible roadster
Some new XLR features include a new transmission, a retractable hardtop, DVD navigation and entertainment, a heads-up display for the instruments, radar adaptive cruise control, which can both keep a designated pace and keep a specified distance from the vehicle in front, a magnetic ride control, and improvements to the engine for better performance.
According to Cadillac, the XLR design was inspired by stealth fighters. It has a low and wide body with sharp angles and a sharp front end, which widens wedge-like toward the rear for a super-aerodynamic look. It has a powerful looking grille with the Cadillac logo placed centrally, but unobtrusively. With the rear-mounted transmission weight distribution is almost 50/50. It has steel hydroformed frame rails with an aluminum cockpit and balsa-cored composite flooring for light weight and rigidity. All XLR models have run-flat tires. The wheelbase is 105.7 inches, and is a total of 177.7 inches long. The top structure is made of aluminum and magnesium with composite exterior panels, and the hardtop can retract in about 30 seconds. It has a heated glass back window and glass rear-quarter windows. Standard models have 18-inch alloy wheels.
Some features exclusive to the 2007 Cadillac XLR-V include polished wire-mesh upper and lower grilles, an altered and sculpted hood, four stainless-steel exhaust tips, and tires upgraded to 10-spoke aluminum models, still 18-inches.
All 2007 Cadillac XLR models seat two and these seats are heated and cooled. There is a seven-inch screen in the upper center console, which holds navigation and other information as well as DVD entertainment when the vehicle is in park. It has a crystal clear nine-speaker Bose audio system and an in-dash six-CD changer. Standard features include OnStar and satellite radio. Unique interior features for the XLR-V not available on the regular XLR model include a Zingana wood interior trim that adds a classy look to the plush leather seats and sued fabric inserts.
Performance & Handling
The XLR-V's 4.4-liter V-8 produces 443-hp at 6400 rpm and puts out 414 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm. It has been tested at zero-to-60-mph in 4.6 seconds and a quarter mile time in 13 seconds. It uses a six-speed automatic transmission with Performance Algorithm Shifting and the Performance Algorithm Liftfoot system. Shifting is nearly seamless and very quick. In addition to shifting automatically, drivers have the option of taking control with Driver Shift Control for manual clutch-free shifting.
The 2007 Cadillac XLR-V, along with demonstrating blazing speed and acceleration, handles incredibly well during performance driving and can switch to stop-and-go city traffic without a problem. It is very comfortable with plenty of luxury features. If there is a down side, it might be visibility due to a low-seated position with a high frame. Mechanically, there are very few street-legal vehicles that can compare.
Some 2007 Cadillac XLR-V standard safety features include side-impact airbags and powered pretensioners in the seats, four-channel all-disc anti-lock brakes, and standard stability system and traction control.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Impressive performance
- Incredible acceleration
- Luxury features
You Won't Like
- Trunk space
- Low driving position with high sills
An incredibly sporty, luxury car.
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