(from GM Press
Release) Cadillac today announced plans to build a Star
Black Limited Edition XLR, a special collectors’ vehicle for the
upcoming model year. As production begins this summer on the 2006
convertible roadster, 250 of the first cars will become part of the
series, with each vehicle sill plate numbered to identify its place
in the collection. The Limited Edition vehicle will be on display
during the New York Auto Show, which runs through April 3.
The Star Black Limited Edition XLR will boast features available
only on the special model. In addition to the standard features
found on the current XLR, this version will be equipped with 18-inch
polished chrome wheels and a special metallic paint finish called
This black color variant, available only on the Limited Edition, is
mixed with a Crystal Silver Xirallic flake. The advantages of this
flake, made of aluminum oxide crystals and coated with titanium
dioxide (TiO2), are that they are cleaner and more pure then other
types of metallic flakes. The Xirallic flake is ideal for reflecting
a uniform sparkle when viewed in the sunlight.
“The Star Black Edition is a dynamic example of how we will continue
to keep the product fresh while remaining true to the Cadillac
brand,” said John Howell, Cadillac’s product director. “Like the
Neiman Marcus XLR in 2003, we expect this edition to be a success.”
The XLR, first introduced as a 2004 model, is built at the J.D.
Power quality award-winning Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Bowling
Green , Ky. The two-seater with a retractable hardtop includes a
Northstar 4.6L V-8 VVT engine in a rear-wheel drive configuration.
The car is also equipped with Magnetic Ride Control, StabiliTrak,
adaptive cruise control, head-up display, keyless access with
push-button start, DVD navigation, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar, a
Bose premium sound system and heated and cooled seats.