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Old 06-17-2004, 07:55 PM
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Bad Cad

I got to watch some new Cadillac coupe eat a late model vette on the Southwest freeway today. When it went by me like I was standing still, even tho I was pushing 80, the engine in that thing didn't sound like grandma's V8, it sounded like a Formula 1 Ferrari for gods sake. What the hell is in that thing? I would venture a guess that it would give some of my MB's more snarly cousins on this forum a run for the flag.
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Old 06-17-2004, 08:09 PM
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You talking about one of these Kirk? I've seen a couple around here. Should be pretty affordable in about 5 years. Caddys depreciate pretty fast.

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Old 06-17-2004, 08:45 PM
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yeah thats the one. Looks like a lot of various SL design influences, which is a nice way of saying ripoffs. That is an amazing looking engine. It shows it rated at only 320 hp with a 5spd auto. I didn't see any engine performance options available. I would have sworn this guy was supercharged. Of course, at 75K a copy, I'm sure the motoring set it appeals to could afford a soup up job.
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Old 06-17-2004, 08:55 PM
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Jesus. You know when I was a kid hanging around drag tracks, 13's was a pretty good time for a mid-size muscle car. That's pretty impressive for a car made for the grey-haired set.
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Old 06-17-2004, 08:59 PM
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Why didn't I think of that?

Apparently they have their own forum. I clipped this one. MAybe he's the guy who ate the vette:

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So I was at a stoplight in my XLR, which I had just gotten back from the shop to get VTEC stickers and downpipes installed (bringing me up to 725 HP), when this riceboy comes up next to me and started revving.

Well, I was going to have none of that, so I activated my power hard-top and jammed a wrench in the gears when it got to half way, so that it would work as a wing and give me downforce. I then revved my sweet Northstar up to 23,000 RPMs and dropped the hammer.

No more rice boy.
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Old 06-18-2004, 12:12 PM
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An S600 Bi-turbo can still take one in the 1/4 and 0-60. Their is a modified S600 that can run in the 11's I think. The XLR is an R129 rip off, GM's always a step behind.
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Old 06-18-2004, 12:47 PM
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Its odd they offered the big engine in the four door CTS-V but not in the SLR coupe. I guess they don't want it to go two fast.
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Old 06-18-2004, 01:19 PM
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VTEC stickers and downpipes installed (bringing me up to 725 HP)
LOL that guy has a hell of a sense of humor.
I bet the stickers alone were worth an extra 200 hp.
Revved it up to 23,000 RPMs..... Huh Ha! What's he got... a Pratt and Whitney in it!
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Old 06-18-2004, 01:44 PM
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I suppose the XLR (one letter different from XJR, maybe the SL isn't the only thing they're trying to rip off) is somewhat impressive to me performance-wise. It is, of course, Corvette-based, so I'm sure the performance isn't too far off. My main complaint with Caddilac is that in my lifetime, while they have produced a few cars that were more or less mechanically sound, they have not made anything that I have found impressive. Cadillac used to be at the top of the heap, it used to be that you knew you had 'made it' when you could afford a Cadillac or Lincoln. Now very few people want them, and even if you like how they look anymore, the quality seems to be long-gone. GM's front-drive frenzy was foolish. At least Ford/Lincoln had enough sense to keep building a rear-driver, and Lincoln built a very nice luxury coupe until '98.
Quite simply, I find new Cadillacs to be quite ugly, and I don't think the quality is there either.
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Old 06-18-2004, 05:51 PM
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I've never been able to get more than about 140,000 miles out of one. By around 90 they start becoming repair hogs. My neibor just bought a used one, and so far he's had every problem I had with my de ville -cooling system problems up the old ying yang, fluid leaks in general, etc. I'll never buy another one.
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Old 06-18-2004, 09:21 PM
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Oh yeah those old cads are real animals. I had a friend who pull the engine out of a 72 eldo and droped in into a 75 Trans Am. He had to fabricate the headers and a few other things, but money wise it was a big winner. That thing was a monster - it was eating everything on the street. After about 1990 they just weren't built as good.
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