2006 Cadillac STS-V and XLR-V arrive in Europe
“Cadillacs V-Series is founded on the idea of taking the strong performance and luxury attributes of our core vehicles and extending them even higher,” said Jim Taylor, Cadillac General Manager. “As a result, Cadillacs V-Series “ CTS-V and STS-V sedans and XLR-V hard-top convertible roadster “ are serious performers that compete with the high-end performance variants of any manufacturer and now provide European customers with new alternatives.”
Like their mainstream siblings, the STS-V and XLR-V combine distinctively bold styling with contemporary luxury and superior rear-wheel drive performance. Cadillacs V-Series strategy represents limited production series in which the performance and luxury of the brands vehicles are taken to their full extent. The “V” designation is a tribute to classic Cadillac nameplates of decades past. The contemporary V-Series era began with the introduction of the 298 kW (400 hp) CTS-V in 2004 in North America.
Development and performance testing of both, the STS-V and XLR-V was done at the Nordschleife circuit of Germany s famed N Ã¼ rburgring, widely recognized as one of the worlds most demanding tracks. The 4.4 liter Northstar V-8 supercharged DOHC engine features variable valve timing and represents the most output ever for a production Cadillac. The official SAE ratings for the 2006 STS-V are 350 kW (469 hp) at 6,400 rpm and 595 Nm of torque at 3900 rpm. The XLR-V is rated at 330 kW (443 hp) at 6,400 rpm and 561 Nm of torque at 3900 rpm. The supercharged 4.4 liter Northstar engine generates more peak power in the STS-V than in the XLR-V, due to the larger engine compartment that allows more induction and exhaust capacity. On the other hand, the XLR-V benefit’s from it’s superior power-to-weight ratio. Both vehicles feature GMs new Hydra-matic six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and accelerate from 0 “ 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than 5 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h for both vehicles.