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2005 Cadillac XLR

2005 Cadillac XLR
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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.

Available Models
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.

Interior Features
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.

Exterior Features
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 Highlights

Light or Dark Eucalyptus wood interior
Blue Steel exterior paint replaces Thunder Gray

Fast Stats
MSRP from
4.6L V8
320 @ 6400
5-speed auto
MPG: City/Hwy
17 / 25

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