Appearing alongside several SS models from Chevrolet, the rear-wheel-drive XLR-V is Cadillac’s third V-Series performance vehicle. (See related story: Chevy Expands SS Family)
It will hit showrooms later this year with a supercharged DOHC 4.4L V-8 440-hp engine – the same setup used in the STS-V sedan, which was unveiled in January at the Detroit auto show. The 100-hp-per-liter makes it one of the world’s highest specific output production V-8 engines.
The ’06 XLR-V.
The mill is mated to GM’s all-new 6L80 6-speed automatic transmission – the first use of the auto maker’s new 6-speed automatic in a RWD configuration. The 6L80 also incorporates several advanced driving enhancement features, including advanced Performance Algorithm Shifting, Performance Algorithm Liftfoot, and Driver Shift Control.
The XLR-V’s redesigned air-induction system addresses packaging needs created by the larger engine and addition of the supercharger.
Chassis modifications include larger brakes, recalibrated Magnetic Ride Control, a larger front stabilizer bar and the addition of a rear stabilizer bar, stiffer rear lower control arm bushings and brakes equipped with larger cross-drilled rotors and upgraded brake lining.
The XLR-V is the first Cadillac to be equipped with an advanced forward lighting system that uses sensors to determine speed and steering wheel angle input in determining how fast and how far to turn the headlamps for improved night driving vision.
The V-Series signature chain-link armor grille is present, along with 19-in. wheels and run-flat Pirelli tires. The exterior design also features a domed-sculpted hood to make room for the supercharger, a 10-spoke aluminum wheel design and four polished stainless steel exhaust tips.
The cabin is dressed with ebony wood on the shifter knob, cupholder area, steering wheel, and on portions of the door and center console. French-stitched Ebony leather with wraps interior components, aluminum accents splash the sill plates and the center stack trim plate surrounding the radio and steering wheel.
Like XLR, the XLR-V will be built at GM’s Bowling Green, KY, assembly plant.