• Jan 26, 2009
Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2009 Cadillac XLR-V

The Bowling Green Daily News reports that the Cadillac XLR will cease production forever this spring. Spawned from the eye-popping Evoq concept, the Corvette-derived (but Northstar-powered) hardtop convertible finds itself as General Motors' latest cost-cutting casualty. Its high price, low volume and decreasing sales do not make for a strong business case anymore, especially in an economic environment that is not conducive to new car sales in general. We've driven the XLR – the supercharged V-Series – and we like it a lot. Rare and stylish enough to still turn heads, fast enough to paste a wide, goofy grin on your face, and comfortable enough to let you cruise for hours on end – as good as it was, the XLR (and its V-Series counterpart) never quite got the formula perfected. It was doomed to perpetual also-ran status in its category compared to the benchmark set by the Mercedes-Benz SL. The Corvettes also had better engines, manual gearboxes and cost a lot less. The current CTS-V boasts a substantially better interior, is faster and costs less still. And so the XLR drives into the sunset this spring. Frankly, it's a pretty good ride to be making that drive in.


[Source: Bowling Green Daily News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      If this car had a more powerful (base) engine and an interior befitting a ~$80000 car, it would have sold much better. That said, price aside, this was a great car, and it is sad for me to see it die.
      Mark
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would not own a GM product of they were giving them away. Some auto companies deserve to fail.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They havn't made these for awhile. I was at the plant in December and the back where the Cadillacs are put together was totally deserted.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I love the XLR, but the price is terrible. I think 55K would have been a great starting price for the XLR. 65K for the V. Then give it snappier styling, and a more modern interior. I think judging by the new CTS and SRX, a 2nd gen XLR would have been the %!@$, but they need to focus on more important things like an Entry-level Cadillac to compete with the 3 series and C-Class. Cancelling the XLR isn't going to affect the brand's image, because it wasn't getting sales anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rob, what XLR have you driven? The interior of the XLR is horrendous. It's old-style Cadillac, back during the original CTS days... when everything was this nasty hard plastic, and buttons were random shapes and all round and odd.

        The speedo and tach were terrible, and the Northstar motor, well, sucks - sorry if I offended anyone. The steering was super light and without any feedback. The brakes were okay, but you just didn't have a feeling of control whatsoever. It tried so hard to be a Cadillac Corvette but failed miserably - in every way.

        This car needed to go and its a good thing it finally did. Buy a Corvette, you'll be significantly happier.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That sucks. These had some of the best built interiors of any car I've been in.... even compared to BMW, Lexus, Mercedes, whatever... this car was a knockout, in person. The quality and fit and finish is amazing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think I've seen 5 of these, not counting the one Katey Sagal drives on Sons of Anarchy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Which makes it exclusive .. which is a good thing. How many Vipers do you see? I've only ever seen maybe half a dozen.

        The fewer you see the better .. the more exclusive the car really is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No surprise here. I don't believe sales were very satisfactory. Plus with a high price as it was, it didn't suit today's economic problems on GM's portfolio.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just as well. It has the appeal of a brick.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As usual, the executives at GM have their heads up their back-sides. First, Cadillac has such a miniscule percentage of the North American market that it barely warrants being produced. Then, they take this stratified portion of the market and try to add a $100,000 plus super-car on top of that. No wonder they can't sell more than a few thousand per year--certainly not enough to pay for the design and specialized tooling required. Maybe it would make sense to farm out to some specialty shop which would/could build a few "collector's items." Good-night, XLR. Af fine automobile, but, sadly, one with no viable market.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow all 5 owners now have a collectors item.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure there are more than 5. I see alot of these around my area. There's 2 in my housing addition alone.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Way to take a joke, Pokey. Way to take a joke.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its too bad it won't survive (supposedly) for a redesign. It is one of the most dynamic 2-seat sport-luxury cars on the market. Amazing styling. A redesign would have given it an amazing interior, even better exterior (based on CTS), but engines would still be limited. I say, just offer a 3.6T with around 380-400hp for the base engine. And screw the Northstar, slap the 6.3Supecharged in for the V-series! 550hp drop-top nice!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm going to miss that car. Based on how much better, internally and externally, the new CTS is over the old one, a second gen XLR would really compete against the SL and earn its price. And would it be that hard to use ZR1 underpinnings for a V series with an extra 15k spent on a nice interior. SL63 price, SL65 power, and an interior worth the effort.. Hopefully when GM recovers they'll bring it back, but moving more towards Cien, with its even more dramatic styling.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's simple: Cadillac needs to make an SLK competitor, not a SL competitor. The Cadillac name still doesn't send customers running like Mercedes or Jaguar, and economic conditions make any 75k+ thousand dollar car an immense proposition.

      Hey GM: Where is Cadillac's kappa? Oh right- you couldn't manage a brand if your financial health depended on it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      While it's 'execution' is understandable, I still hate to see it go. I have never sat inside one or much less driven one but I usually see the same, black XLR-V on the way to school every now and then (on I-85 south in Atlanta) and it makes me turn my head every time. I'm really glad Cadillac is getting back on it's feet and is offering a true American made alternative to the German (and Japanese) luxury cars with unique and unmistakably-Caddy styling. If my future career pays as well as I hope, I'd love to park a CTS in my driveway.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Haha thanks for the heads up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you're going to GA Tech (engineer) chances are you'll be parking a used CTS in your driveway. Underpaid. Class of 06.
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