TodayApril 17, 2022

Cadillac XLR-V in Europe

2006 Cadillac STS-V and XLR-V arrive in Europe

  • European debut at the 2005 Frankfurt Auto Show
  • Supercharged 4.4 liter Northstar V8 engine delivers 350 kW (469 hp*) in STS-V and 330 kW (443 hp*) in XLR-V
  • Handcrafted leather-wrapped interior
  • Cadillac Vs provide alternatives to high-end performance variants of European manufacturers.

    Cadillac will host the European debut of the STS-V and XLR-V next month at the Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA) in Germany. These high-performance additions to the Cadillac portfolio have completed testing and the numbers certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) are official. The STS-V delivers 350 kW (469 hp) and the XLR-V is certified at 330 kW (443 hp).

    “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 a limited production series in which the performance and luxury of the brand’s 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 were done at the Nordschleife circuit of Germany’s famed Nürburgring, widely recognized as one of the world’s 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 the 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.

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    Lou Ann Hammond

    Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.


    1. Rosemarie Magnusson Reply

      My sincere apologies for disturbing your site, but can you please tell me where in USA I can find a Cadillac XLR-V manufacturer as my efforts to do so on the internet have failed.
      I bought my XLR-V Supercharge in June 2007 & as far as I know, I am still the only one in all of Europe & Scandinavia with this model. It has so far been a catastrophe with car mechanics here who are unable to carry out repairs & troubleshoot my car, & I have in just 2 years, had 3-4 different mechanics who infact, claimed to be Car “experts” Now my only chance seem to be getting in contact with the manufacturer in USA.. If you are unable to help, I understand. Kind Regards, //Rosemarie

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