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While the CTS-V Sedan and Coupe are great cars, the Cadillac brand is still in need of a true flagship model and nothing is off-limits – including a rear-drive mid-engine exotic.
One proposal reportedly under consideration is for something along the lines of the Cien concept (above) which was first unveiled almost a decade ago at the Detroit Auto Show in 2002. The two-seater would use an all-new platform and one possibility is that it would share a mid-engine architecture with a rumored C8 Corvette. Pricing for the exotic would need to be above $150,000 in order to be feasible, considering the small volume of sales.
This proposal is, however, unlikely and fits in with a list of other proposals that include a Mercedes CLS-styled 4-door coupe, a Mercedes CL imitating luxury coupe and a near-limousine-size luxury sedan.
The more likely direction Cadillac will take is to further develop a flagship sedan that would sit above the upcoming XTS, which is set to replace both the STS and DTS in the near future.
[Source: Car & Driver]
Cadillac has announced that 2009 will be the last year for its retractable hardtop XLR. Pity.
Apparently dealerships are still taking orders for the $87,055 sportscar (or over $100,000 for the XLR-V) and the final model will roll off the production line in Bowling Green, Kentucky in the Spring.
The XLR and XLR-V were the most expensive models in the Cadillac lineup and suffered from always playing second fiddle to the Corvette. The vehicle was, however, a Corvette in many ways and the came powerfully equipped with a 320-horsepower 4.6-liter V8. The XLR-V was offered with a 443-hp 4.4-liter supercharged V8.
Apparently few jobs will be lost due to the cancellation of the XLR as production of the model was so limited that very few people were employed in making it. In fact, the highest number of XLRs ever produced in a year was just 3,730 – back in 2005. The vehicle was, however, a source of pride for Cadillac as each engine was hand assembled by one individual – just like those fany-pants Germans over at AMG.
Cadillac only sold 1,250 XLRs in 2008, down 28 percent from 2007.
[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]