Between the new 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray and the even newer Cadillac Elmiraj Concept shown off at Pebble Beach, we were already expecting some sort of chatter of a Cadillac XLR redux. During an in-depth C7 Corvette discussion with Tadge Juechter, the car's chief engineer, Fox News asked if a Corvette-based, Bowling Green-built Cadillac will be built off the C7. Non-spoiler alert: the answer is no.

Juechter says that General Motors has "no intent" on transforming this car into a Cadillac product since the C7 has been optimized for the Corvette buyer, a consumer that's generally a different sort of person than a Cadillac intender who might also be cross-shopping a Mercedes-Benz SL-Class or BMW 6 Series.

While we're not ready to write off a future XLR altogether, we assume that the Corvette Cadillac experiment is most likely never going to happen again. The interview with Juechter is posted below, but the XLR discussion comes in at the 9:00 mark.


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      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good. Leave the Corvette alone. We don't need it gaining weight. Also, the Elmira is better than an XLR.
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      John Rosevear
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting "get", but I dunno why the Elmiraj would have spawned thoughts of any Cadillac connection to the Vette. The Elmiraj appears to be built on the upcoming Omega (full-size RWD) platform, and -- as should be obvious from 10 miles away -- it's a modern take on the idea of an Eldorado, not so much a hardcore sports car. Unless they do some crazy mid-engined halo car (and I don't see them spending the kind of money it would take to do that right any time soon, and GM's current management is done with not doing things right when it comes to Cadillac), I think it's way more likely that Cadillac's sporting efforts will continue to be V variants of their sedans and coupes.
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          CJ_313
          • 1 Year Ago
          I agree, they do still look good on the road. I think they've aged slightly better than the "bubble- style" Mercedes SL's of that generation.
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      Jack
      • 1 Year Ago
      fox news was your source huh? I guess we can call this story facts bhullshet!
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank you, Autoblog, for dispelling a nonexistent rumor. Perhaps now we can expect more headlines: "Cadillac Not Planning Spark-based Cacillac Eco-Hatch" "Colorado Will Not Spawn New Caddy Mid-Size Pickup" "GM Not Planning All-Diesel Caddy Lineup"
      d.hollywood
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cadillac has "gotten it right" for the most of the last 15 years.Solid products with attractive styling.The whole Allante / XLR GT coupe thing has been the only "clunker".It's okay if they choose not to pursue that market...but a new way of thinking would be in order if they 're gonna play in the SL sandbox.I for one ...think the Elmiraj concept is the route they should go instead.
      Kimura
      • 1 Year Ago
      Build the Elmiraj Name it XLR ???? PROFIT
      Larry Harts
      • 1 Year Ago
      when my dad passed away he had owned a total of 8 cadillac's and the one that gave him the least amount of trouble was the one with the chevy engine in it
        Tourian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Larry Harts
        Which one was that? He had a CTS-V? That is the only one with a Chevy engine. The XLR had a Northstar.
        Murad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Larry Harts
        May have been an Escalade
      Beancounter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank God!
      Mr. BaderĀ®
      • 1 Year Ago
      With the current cadillac direction I think cadillac knows better than to sell a spin off any GM product
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      The original XLR might have been a good car if they hadn't put the junk Northstar V8 in it.
        CJ_313
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        The Northstar wasn't the problem if you're referring to the headgasket issues that earlier versions had, they were remedied around the time that the XLR debuted. The XLR's biggest flaw in my opinion was the interior that GM gave it, which was terribly designed even for 2004 standards. Performance from the XLR-V was also lackluster considering what they originally cost. It wasn't quite the modern day Allante', but it wasn't far off.
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        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        It had more problems than that...
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