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Ascariss
03-22-2005, 11:58 PM
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Ascariss
03-23-2005, 12:00 AM
Entire press release here:<p><A HREF="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_newyork/xlrv/xlrv_info.doc" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoweek.com/files/...o.doc</A>

Nick
03-23-2005, 01:40 AM
oh man I love that interior...this thing is a beast and I can't wait to read the reviews on it...

CalinG7
03-23-2005, 10:47 AM
That dark wood looks really, really nice, though the plastic on the stearing wheel is a bit shiny. Overall very good, especially from GM. And I'm glad they're thinking long-term and didn't cancel the XLR because sales have been less than expected so far.

Naga Royal Guard
03-23-2005, 11:23 AM
i prefer the standard caddilac grilles

Nick
03-23-2005, 01:12 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CalinG7</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">That dark wood looks really, really nice, though the plastic on the stearing wheel is a bit shiny </TD></TR></TABLE><br>I believe that is also the dark wood...

Charger
03-23-2005, 01:13 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Naga Royal Guard</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">i prefer the standard caddilac grilles</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I agree, the standard grille looks more sporty than this one. Oh well

RetroJapan
03-23-2005, 01:20 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Charger</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I agree, the standard grille looks more sporty than this one. Oh well</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yea I definitely agree. For some reason this grille looks so... sedate? That, combined with wheels that somehow look kinda small (even though I'm sure they're not)... It just doesn't look very sporty... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/nixweiss.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I really like the interior changes, though... Looks very classy and sporty... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">

CalinG7
03-23-2005, 01:58 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Nick</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>I believe that is also the dark wood...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>No, I meant that central, V-shaped piece, where the Cadillac emblem rests.

Nick
03-23-2005, 07:26 PM
oh, I believe that's leather...or some type of rubber...

PIMPALA-SS
03-25-2005, 10:09 PM
To clarify:<p>im sure this will not be the final released version. other V series are for sure 6 lug, this one is 5. the front facia is not low or "large" enough. <br>it is probably really close, but we will see.<p>oh, and as for the steering wheel, the black plastic "V" shape in the center (the whole thing is a horn button) is a rough texture black rubbery/plastic. smooth and shiny where the crest is. the grey part is brushed aluminum, the lower ring is leather, the small top section is wood, and the buttons are smooth plastic.

Top Secret
03-25-2005, 10:44 PM
A great looker but I'm disappointed; it looks too sedate.

turbonium959
03-25-2005, 11:15 PM
This car is no special over a regular XLR. There are no distinct exterior features to the car. Both CTS and STS V-series have redesigned front ends, with integrated front air dams. XLR-V has nothing but mesh inserts in place of regular ones. The new wheels are nothing hot either. Tires are still too small for the car, and that is where this car got bashed when it was first reviewed by the magazines. The car could not handle well, and now with more power it will be even worse. This car is the same thing as a Corvette, only nearly twice the price, and a lot heavier. I would not pay $70+K for the regular car, let alone pay more for the XLR-V. Cadillac already has problems selling the regular XLR with 200+ day of supply of the damn car. For a grand tourer this is a very overprice car. For the same money I would rather get a C6, hit the country!

JBlair
03-25-2005, 11:36 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>turbonium959</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">This car is no special over a regular XLR. There are no distinct exterior features to the car. Both CTS and STS V-series have redesigned front ends, with integrated front air dams. XLR-V has nothing but mesh inserts in place of regular ones. The new wheels are nothing hot either. Tires are still too small for the car, and that is where this car got bashed when it was first reviewed by the magazines. The car could not handle well, and now with more power it will be even worse. This car is the same thing as a Corvette, only nearly twice the price, and a lot heavier. I would not pay $70+K for the regular car, let alone pay more for the XLR-V. Cadillac already has problems selling the regular XLR with 200+ day of supply of the damn car. For a grand tourer this is a very overprice car. For the same money I would rather get a C6, hit the country!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Right about most of that stuff, including the price, but wrong about some of the exterior stuff. The hood is new, with a bulge to clear the supercharger; the exhaust pipes look to be new and different; and the front lower intake is completely different.

LEXUS FAN!
03-25-2005, 11:59 PM
I don't like the side view.<p>I think I agree with Naga; I do like the original Cadillac grill better

turbonium959
03-26-2005, 12:32 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JBlair</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Right about most of that stuff, including the price, but wrong about some of the exterior stuff. The hood is new, with a bulge to clear the supercharger; the exhaust pipes look to be new and different; and the front lower intake is completely different. </TD></TR></TABLE><br>I guess I should have been a bit clearer. Yes, there are exterior changes, but they are very subtle, and only very few people would actually be able to tell the difference. The lower front air dam looks to be the same shape as the regular one, with mesh all over it. The entire front bumper looks identical, with the exception of mesh. Thats not that much of a redesign, but an upgrade. As far as the hood goes, the bulge is also very subtle. The car already has so many definitive lines on it, that the bulge just barely stands out. And the tail pipes are just tail pipes. Tail pipes alone is not enough to distinguish this higher priced car from its cheaper counterpart. I just can't wait for a periodical review in the magazines.<p>Here is a little comparo. In my opinion, its not that much.<br><IMG SRC="http://www.protegeclub.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=3870" BORDER="0"><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by turbonium959 at 11:48 PM 3/25/2005</i>

erzhik
03-26-2005, 12:51 AM
I prefer Merc SL with the same price tag, but it's Mercedes...lol... thats just my opinion...

erzhik
03-26-2005, 12:52 AM
And this grille is like a very cheap thing...they should have at least tried something else...

Nick
03-26-2005, 12:59 AM
unfortunately the front fascia on the original XLR has too much V-styling in it so when cadillac put V styling cues on the XLR, obviously they really had nowhere to go...it should still be a great performer...I like this better than the SL55...the SL just isn't my taste...it's like a boat...too big, soft and seems bloated...I am sure the XLR would perform better, and don't even try to bring up the SL65...yes I know it would beat it...but you can't really even put it in the same performance category...or price category for that matter...if I had a choice between this and a Z06 obviously I would take a Z06 any day over pretty much any car you throw at me, but I am sure this thing has balls, I am sure it handles well, it looks good inside and out, and I am sure it will get some good reviews...

syclone
03-26-2005, 08:03 PM
i like that they use the supercharger instead of going with the big bore to differentiate it from the z-06. looks good, but then again, it did in the first place. im also gonna agree that the mesh grille, while maybe sportier is definitely a downgrade from the orginal.

summersun54
03-29-2005, 04:08 AM
And how exactly do the AMG versions of Mercedes differ from the regular sedans and coupe's?? The AMG's are very subtle in their appearance. Particularly when you look at the older generation merecedes AMS like the old s class from 2 generations ago..<p>Mercedes AMS hare mighty powerful but their look are quite sober thge same goes for audi type S and jaguars type R (IMO)<p>Yes a agree Caddy could have been a bit more adventurous but this looks like a sh** hot car to me<br>

GerjurdKing
03-29-2005, 04:46 AM
I never liked this car. Then again Im not a fan of Cadillac's current styling. People have commented on the dark wood in the interior, to me it looks like they tore apart some ancient television sets and strapped them in. It seems you can't take the old man out of the Cadillac...

_PiCASSO_
03-31-2005, 04:50 PM
I would disagree with most of everyone's comments about the XLR-V's grill. I like it. In fact, it was one of my complaints in the original XLR where the height of the grill was small compared to the Evoq concept that initially bowed in the 2000 NAIAS. Good job, Cadillac.

knicks125
10-10-2005, 02:31 PM
<A HREF="http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet?target=http://image.emerald.gm.com/gmnews/viewpressreldetail.do?domain=2&docid=19426" TARGET="_blank">Cadillac Prepares Limited Production STS-V And XLR-V Models</A><p>$100K (XLR-V) & $77K (STS-V) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Redline
10-10-2005, 02:35 PM
Wow, thats a pretty high price for these. Especially the XLR. I'd save my money and buy a Z06, but then I wouldn't have a convertible, but the extra performance and the cash saved would be worth it.

megadethmartyr
10-10-2005, 05:17 PM
I would be surprised if the STS-V and XLR-V weren't tested in Germany like the CTS-V was. I am sure the handling properties were improved the way the CTS was.

IcedG35
02-13-2008, 03:03 AM
i've always liked this car although those pictures are not very flattering. i don't think the people were ready for a Cadillac SL competitor when it came out, and now it will get overshadowed by the CTSV