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Cadillac XLR Year to Year Changes

XLR -- Breaking on Through

New For 2004 XLR   
  • Luxury roadster with retractable hard top
  • Patented performance car architecture
  • Next generation Northstar 4.6 V-8 VVT (variable valve timing) engine in rear-wheel drive configuration
  • Rear-mounted Hydra-Matic 5L50-E five-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control
  • Magnetic Ride Control, electronically controlled, magnetic fluid-based real-time damping system
  • Magnasteer variable effort steering system
  • StabiliTrak vehicle stability enhancement system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Head-up display
  • Keyless Access with push button start
  • Heated and cooled seats
  • Advanced DVD navigation & entertainment system, OnStar, XM Satellite Radio (continental U.S. only) and Bose premium sound system

New for 2005 XLR
  • Light or Dark Eucalyptus wood interior
  • Blue Steel exterior paint replaces Thunder Gray

New for 2006 XLR
  • Cadillac’s first application of Adaptive Forward Lighting
  • XM Satellite Radio with hidden antenna standard equipment
  • Redesigned wood treatment on center stack around CD opening and HVAC
  • Gold Mist and Infrared exterior paint colors replace Satin Nickel and Crimson Pearl

The 2006 Cadillac XLR-V ultra-luxury, high-performance roadster sets new standards in power, performance and personal amenities, combining distinctive, bold styling with contemporary luxury, ingenious technology and rear-wheel drive performance.

At the heart of the XLR-V is the new, 4.4L version of the Northstar engine outfitted with a positive displacement intercooled supercharger. The Northstar V-8 SC (supercharged), which also powers the STS-V, produces 443 horsepower (330 kw) at 6400 rpm and 414 lb.-ft. (561 Nm) torque at 3900 rpm (SAE certified*). The engine’s power is underscored by its ability to deliver 90 percent of its peak torque between 2200 and 6000 rpm. The engine also features variable valve timing, enabling outstanding top-end performance while maintaining the refinement and quality associated with a luxury marque. The engine is mated to the all-new Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission.

The 6L80 is one of the most technologically advanced automatic transmissions in the industry, using clutch-to-clutch operation and an advanced integrated 32-bit transmission controller to deliver smooth, precise shifts. In addition, a wide 6.04:1 overall ratio spread enhances performance and fuel economy.

The 6L80 also incorporates a host of advanced driving enhancement features, including advanced Performance Algorithm Shifting (PAS), Performance Algorithm Liftfoot (PAL), and Driver Shift Control (DSC).

Chassis modifications on the XLR-V include larger brakes; recalibrated Magnetic Ride Control (MR); larger front stabilizer bar and the addition of a rear stabilizer bar; stiffer rear lower control arm bushings; larger wheels and tires; a power steering fluid cooler; and a higher-capacity fuel pump.

XLR-V styling modifications impart a bolder character in keeping with its performance capabilities, yet retain an aura of refined elegance. Design refinements include:

  • Polished wire mesh upper and lower front grilles, a V-Series signature
  • Aggressively sculpted hood that makes room for the supercharger
  • New 10-spoke aluminum wheel design with sterling silver finish
  • Unique V-Series and Supercharged badging
  • Four polished stainless steel exhaust tips
  • Black finish brake calipers with machined V-Series logo
  • Three exterior color offerings: Infra Red, Black Raven and Light Platinum
  • Zingana Wood on the shifter knob, cup holder area, steering wheel, and on portions of the door and center console
  • Ebony leather with French stitching on interior components
  • Soft, supple leather seats with French stitching and matching perforated suede fabric inserts
  • Aluminum accent pieces throughout the interior

Like XLR, the XLR-V will be built at GM’s state-of-the-art, award-winning Bowling Green assembly center.

New for 2007 XLR

Exterior color (34U) Blue Steel
Interior color (182) Shale with Ebony accents

New Features

Exterior color (36U) Liquid Amethyst. Included and only available on (PLA) Platinum Edition.

(N87) 18" (45.7 cm) 15-spoke, polished aluminum wheels. Included and only available on (PLA) Platinum Edition.

Interior color (312) Cashmere

Interior color (354) Light Cashmere with Burl accents. Included and only available on (PLA) Platinum Edition.

(PLA) Platinum Edition, includes exclusive premium exterior color (36U) Liquid Amethyst or exterior color (41U) Black Raven; chrome-finish grille; unique door sill plates; (N87) 18" 15-spoke, polished aluminum wheels; leather-wrapped Burl color interior; unique Olive Ash wood trim and genuine aluminum accents; and Ultra Suede headliner, lower doors and seating surfaces Not available at start of production.
  (MX0) 6-speed automatic transmission
  New key fob design
  Next generation OnStar 

XLR-V2007 XLR-V:


   Unique 19" front and rear wheels
  3 exterior colors: (41U) Black Raven, (67U) Light Platinum and (80U) Infrared
  Powerful Northstar supercharged 4.4L DOHC Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI engine delivers 443 hp @ 6400 rpm and 414 lb-ft of torque @ 3900 rpm
  6-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control
  Premium brakes with V-series badge on calipers
  Magnetic Ride Control calibration and stiffer springs
  Specific exhaust tuning with active exhaust valves
  Dual exhaust with unique dual outlet bright tips
  P235/45R19 front and P255/40R19 rear Pirelli V-rated, extended mobility, blackwall tires and Tire Pressure Monitor System
  Signature V-Series wire mesh grille
  Unique lower fascia with wire mesh grille
  V-Series badge on fenders and decklid and "Supercharged" badge on doors
  Unique hidden diversity XM Satellite Radio antenna
  2 interior colors: (192) Ebony and (313) Light Cashmere with Ebony accents
Premium hand-wrapped leather extends from the top of the  instrument panel to door trim components
 Perforated sueded fabric material seat inserts
 Premium exclusive Zingana wood accents
 Unique aluminum accents
 Instrument cluster graphics with V-Series logo

2008 Cadillac XLR Deletions
Exterior color (51U) WA-316N Gold Mist
Exterior color (19U) WA-933L Xenon Blue
Exterior color (80U) WA-301N Infrared
New Features
Exterior color (11U) WA-506Q Goldstream
Exterior color (85U) WA-512Q Elektra Blue Tintcoat
Exterior color (89U) WA-505Q Crystal Red Tintcoat
(N31) Heated steering wheel
(PD5) New chrome wheel
Expanded Platinum Edition exterior color choices
Blue Tooth capability (through GM SPO). Interim 2008.

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