When General Motors decided to make a Cadillac based around the Chevrolet Corvette, the idea was there, but the execution could be described by some as less than admirable. The XLR was a bit of a flop, but the concept of a front-engine, V8 Cadillac sportscar still appeals to us, which brings us to this extremely well done rendering from RM Design.
In this rendering, the Cadillac XLR appears to have adopted some of the sharper, more youthful edges of the C7 Corvette. It also has the long, vertical taillights seen on other Cadillacs and appears to have also adopted a similar headlight design to that of the 2014 CTS sedan. We think it’s handsome to say the very least, even if the idea of a new XLR is a bit ridiculous considering the sales disappointment the previous car was.
Is the idea of a new Corvette-based Cadillac sportscar really all that outlandish though? When Motor Trend dropped the bombshell that the C8 Corvette may be mid-engine, they also mentioned a Cadillac sportscar that would be based on the new Corvette. The difference between the two cars would be likened to that of the Lamborghini Gallardo and Audi R8. Those two cars share much of the same parts, but the Lamborghini is much sportier like the Corvette, while the Audi appeals to the more mature buyer who wants a comfier grand touring car, like the XLR.
It’s hard to say just how likely the arrival of a new XLR is, but so far, we’ve had no indication apart from the Motor Trend report that the new luxurious GT car is on its way. Let us know if you’d like to see a next-gen XLR from GM and what powertrain and other options you’d like to see on the car in the comments below.