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2008 Cadillac XLR Overview
Cadillac made only a few upgrades to its XLR luxury roadster for the 2008 model year. The automaker added a heated steering wheel to the drop-top's list of standard features, and offers the XLR in a limited-edition Alpine White version, as well as with new optional chrome wheels.
Other than that, the XLR carries over from the previous year with no changes, but fans of high-performance convertibles should consider that a good thing. In its current form, the XLR offers just about any amenity a driver could want, as well as plenty of power and all the latest safety and mechanical innovations, all wrapped up in an very contemporary and stylish design.
The two-door, two-passenger XLR has a low, wide stance, showing off its angular lines, flared wheel wells, and sculpted hood. It packs a 320-horsepower, 4.6-liter version of Cadillac's famed Northstar V8. A six-speed Hydra-matic automatic transmission provides smooth shifting.
For open-air driving, the XLR comes with an automatic retractable hardtop roof that opens or closes at the push of a button. It takes less than 30 seconds for the roof to retract and store in the trunk.
Inside, leather seating surfaces, heated seat cushions and seatbacks, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, BVLGARI-designed instrumentation, a head-up display in five languages, and aluminum accents (with optional eucalyptus trim) all combine to provide an upscale feel, although some drivers and reviewers have noted that the XLR's interior can feel cramped at times. Trunk space is also limited, especially with the top down. Some reviewers also note that the XLR's steering isn't as responsive as expected for a car in this league.
Features such as StabiliTrak electronic vehicle stability enhancement system, Magnasteer rack-and-pinion steering, and performance-tuned Magnetic Ride Control help improve the XLR's handling, stability, and balance.
The previous year's version of the Cadillac XLR roadster received high marks from many drivers and critics, and there's no doubt those high marks will carry over to the 2008 model.