was a retractable hardtop
convertible marketed by the Cadillac
division of General Motors
, assembled in Bowling Green, Kentucky
. Intended to be Cadillac's flagship
sports car, the XLR was based on the Chevrolet Corvette
's Y platform
. The XLR featured its own unique styling, interior, and suspension, and power-retractable aluminum hardtop, along with the Cadillac Northstar engine
. The XLR ended production after the 2009 model year.
Cadillac introduced the XLR at the 2003 Detroit Motor Show
and began production in the 2004 model year
— forshadowed by the Evoq
The XLR features as standard equipment heated and cooled leather seats, wood interior trim, remote keyless access, 18 inch alloy wheels
, side airbags
as well as a navigation, audio, and DVD
system sharing a 7-inch dashboard screen. The retractable hardtop itself is constructed of aluminum, requires 6'-10½" of vertical clearance during retraction, and is manufactured by a supplier joint venture between Mercedes-Benz
The engine is Cadillac's 4.6 L
Northstar tuned for , mated as of the 2007 model year to a 6-speed automatic transmission
The XLR was the second roadster offered by Cadillac in recent years. The first was the Cadillac Allanté
, produced from 1987 to 1993.
The XLR was nominated for the North American Car of the Year
award for 2004.