2006 Cadillac XLR-V First Drive
XLR8D by 443 horses
Production of the Cadillac XLR-V will be extremely limited, numbering less than 1,000 examples annually, and ownership requires you to relinquish $94,485 for the car, $815 for destination charges, and $1,700 to Uncle Sam in the form of a gas guzzler tax. Put it all together and the total comes out to a clean and neat $100,000. That’s roughly $25,000 more than the regular XLR, a comparatively simple ride lacking the V’s stout powertrain, hand-crafted leather interior, tasteful visual tweaks, and upgraded suspension, steering, and braking components.
Whether or not these upgrades are worth the extra coin is a matter to be decided by individual shoppers. Blue-collar yahoos will opt for the affordable Chevrolet Corvette that comes out of the other door at GM’s Bowling Green, Kent., assembly plant, but those shelling out 100 g’s for the upper-crust 2006 Cadillac XLR-V will be rewarded with a rare ride offering supercar performance for thousands less than its exotic competitors.