2004 XLR New Car Test Drive
The cars of General Motors are moving in an exciting direction, and Cadillac is leading the way. The stunning new Cadillac XLR is the company's new flagship, a luxurious high-performance sports car built on the next Corvette platform.
Its styling is edgy, classy, powerful and distinctive. It boasts a beautiful and luxurious interior that befits its $76,200 price. And it's a hardtop convertible: Press a button and the hard top goes up or down in 30 seconds. But the XLR goes beyond that. It boasts impressive cornering capability and thrilling acceleration performance. It benefits from a high-tech structure and a powerful Northstar V8.
The 2004 Cadillac XLR ($75,385) comes one way, with a convertible hard top. Its 4.6-liter V8 engine is mated to Cadillac's newest five-speed automatic transmission.
XM Satellite Radio is the only option ($325). The list of standard equipment is long: side-impact airbags, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, DVD navigation and video, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, radar-controlled adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and push-button start, a head-up display, and OnStar, the highway assistance service featuring the helpful voices of genuine human beings beamed to the car by satellite.