Cars.com's Mike Hanley walks you through the 2008 Cadillac XLR-V.
(guitar playing) Hi, I'm Mike Hanley from cars.com and I'm here with the Cadillac XLR-V, which is a high performance version of Cadillac's XLR sports car. And you pay a premium for it. It's about a $100,000.
And I'm going to show you what are some of the differences between it and the regular XLR. You can tell an XLR-V from a regular XLR in a few different ways. There's this mesh grill right here, which is exclusive to V series Cadillacs, like the XLR-V, the STS-V, and the CTS-V as well. And with the XLR-V, you can see this hood bulge and that's to make room for the supercharged engine that's underneath. And there's also some V series badges that appear around on the sides of the car and the rear. Now, the heart of the XLR-V is a supercharged 4.4 liter V8 engine that makes 443 horsepower. It's assembled from start to finish by one person built by hand, which is similar to what Mercedes-Benz's AMG division does. And it teams with a six speed automatic transmission that allows the car to go from zero to 60 in about five seconds or less. Now, Cadillac's also done a lot of work on the suspension of the car, all the changes aren't under the hood. The car features GM's Magnetic Ride Control system and it has a different tuning in this car. There's larger front stabilizer bars and a rear stabilizer bar in back as well. In addition to the chassis and engine upgrades with the XLR-V, you also get some interior modifications as well. Like, the gray wood trim on the center console and dash, the Slade fabric seat inserts, and more V series logos. When the XLR-V's retractable hard top is down, it takes up a lot of the trunk space. You can see here that there's only this shallow space towards the rear of the trunk, where you can put luggage. It's about room for a couple of backpacks or small duffle bags. When the retractable hard top roof is up, you can see that there's a lot more trunk room, but folding down this divider, you have all this space underneath the rear window for your cargo items. The XLR-V's $100,000 sticker price represents about a $20,000 increase over the base XLR. Now that's a lot of money, but it does come with more performance and a fair amount of exclusivity. <v Voice Over>For additional information on this car or any other, go to cars.com and our blog, KickingTires.