The road to the New York auto show was a long one for the Cadillac XLR-V roadster, the newest addition to the brand's growing list of high-performance V-series vehicles.
Cadillac used the famous Nurburgring racetrack in Germany as a proverbial performance stopwatch for the XLR-V.
The result: 0-to-60 mph performance in under five seconds.
The XLR-V is equipped with a 4.4-liter supercharged Northstar engine and rear-mounted six-speed automatic transmission, clocking in at 440 hp. The roadster has the same dual-overhead-cam V-8 used in the STS-V, producing the highest horsepower rating of any Cadillac engine.
There are other noticeable upgrades for the V-series. The XLR-V will add 19-inch wheels, larger brakes than the XLR and a performance-calibrated Magnetic Ride Control system.
The supercharged V-8 is teamed with the new Hydra-matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission - its first use in a rear-mounted configuration.
The XLR-V is the newest addition to Cadillac's list of high-performance V-series vehicles.
GM's adaptive forward lighting will debut on the XLR-V. The lighting system uses sensors to determine speed and steering-wheel angle input to decide how fast and how far to turn the headlamps in night driving.
Like the XLR, the XLR-V will be built at GM's Bowling Green, Ky., plant.
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