In 2009 the last XLR came off the line. It was a hardtop convertible based on the Corvette chassis. This roadster was equipped with 4.6-liter V8 engine that could run the car from 0 to 60 mph in about five and a half seconds. The XLR was GM's attempt of building luxury roadster.
The most expensive vehicle in the luxury brand's lineup, has been killed. The last XLR rolled off the line in Bowling Green, Kentucky sometime this spring, making 2009 its final model year. Cadillac sold just 1,250 XLRs in 2008, a 28 percent decline from 2007 sales.
When it was introduced, the Cadillac XLR was priced around $76,000, but prices rose steadily. For 2009, Cadillac only sold the XLR in its most expensive packages. The 2009 Cadillac XLR Platinum starts at $86,200, including an $840 destination charge. The 2009 Cadillac XLR-V starts at $104,200, including shipping.
After making unsuccessful attempts to build a convertible that would be popular among the American customers, the Cadillac makes another attempt to build a soft top convertible that would be at a lower price point. The new vehicle will be based on the Alpha platform that will be between the ATS and CTS models. The new convertible is expected to be a competitor for the Audi's A5 and the Mercedes E-Class. So far there is no information about the possible engines and there are chances that we would not see the model until 2013.