2004 Cadillac XLR vs.Jaguar XK8, Lexus SC430, M-B SL500, Porsche 911 Carrera…

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2004 Cadillac XLR vs.Jaguar Lexus SC430, M-B SL500, 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

The Glamour In the world of stylish $75,000 GT can the new Caddy XLR compete with the glamour boys?


Let’s it: The following is a bit of a scam. Although billed as yet another of our famed tests, the underlying reason for the was to find out exactly how the new and much-touted XLR fits into the very league of $60,000-to-$80,000 fliptops prowling the parking lots of the country clubs.

This is a particularly competitive The stunning Mercedes-Benz SL500 hit our as an all-new car for ’03, and the aging but Jaguar XK8 benefits from a upgrade to a six-speed gearbox and an more powerful V-8. The but pristine Lexus SC430 a popular choice, and it’s of dollars less than its Finally, the classic Porsche 911 4 cabriolet, equipped with the transmission, is another excellent for those who seek premium grand touring for two.


But as the new kid on the block, it was the Caddy that us. The ’04 XLRpart of a campaign by to rename its vehicles with a of consonants in place of its traditional and DeVilles, Sevilles, Eldorados, and that have not dominated the luxury-car market since been in the planning stage for years. It was first hinted at the two-door Evoq hit the show in 1999 and had been expected to a starring role in elevating premium brand into the echelons of the business.

The new Cadillac would ride on the C6 platform and be powered by the much-regarded Northstar DOHC V-8 with a new automatic, and much was expected of it. coupled with an edgy, body, a modern folding and a price competitive with its produced high levels of among the C/D staffers who hauled from Ann Arbor toward our stomping grounds in southern Hocking Hills.

Could a Caddy play in league? The division’s last into this segment the Allanté ended in humiliation and a banishment to the gray pages of Motor News . But this management seemed serious the cosmetic pig perfuming so common in The XLR, at least on paper, to be a contender in a pack dominated by the marques of Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Jaguar with the kind of punch identified by Thorstein in his 1899 classic, The Theory of the Class . If any group were to the Cadillac XLR and four other fliptops in this context, who than a classy group the classiest of car mags?

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