Northstar Corvette: 2004 Cadillac XLR
When the Cadillac XLR was released for the 2004 model year, everyone thought that the Bowling Green, KY assembled 2-seat convertible would be a Corvette with some Cadillac badging and a walnut trim interior. But it wasn’t. The XLR might have been built in the same production facility and shared a hydroformed frame as the Vette, but the XLR had a unique Cadillac NorthStar V8, magneto-rheological shock absorbers (for enhanced ride control), a 5 or 6 speed automatic transmission and a power-retractable aluminum hardtop. It also had walnut trim. Find this 2004 Cadillac XLR offered for $19,500 in Plainville, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
From the seller:
2004 Cadillac XLR
cylinders: 8 cylinders
paint color: black
title status: clean
Up for sale is a 04 Cadillac XLR. It has 59K miles and is in extremely good shape. Has a 4.6 northstar V8. Everything on the car works as it should. Its a convertible hardtop with the push of a button. It has push to start ignition and is fully loaded from heated leather seats, navigation, backup sensors, you name it, it most likely has it. The cars needs nothing and is ready to drive. Its the only roadster that Cadillac made and is a pretty rare car and a looker for sure. They made this car like a luxury corvette. I’m asking $19500 OBO. Make me a offer. Maybe open to trades, skid-steer, backhoe, diesel truck, let me know what you have. Call or Text with any questions and please no tire kickers or dreamers.
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I was under the impression all these years that the XLR had a proper LS1 or LS6. I don’t take disappointment well.
Back in 1999 when I was living in Japan I attended the Tokyo Motor Show, an absolute bucket list item for petrolheads. Unexpectedly, the GM booth had a fantastic exhibit, a prototype they called the Evoq that I was smitten with. It’s absolutely what the XLR was predicated on.
Great link, interesting to see what all went into production and made it to the USA. I really like the Suzuki ev-sport.
They would probably still be selling this car if they had junked the miserable Northstar and replaced it with the CTS-V mill. Whoever made this decision at Cadillac should be paddled.
Am I legally allowed to own one of these under 60 years of age? I’ve always liked them.
You want a Caddy Corvette? Like James Bond would drive?
The video is great. Who would have guessed the father of the pimpmobile was this guy?