Cadillac STS-V and XLR-V will go on sale in Europe next year
25 August 2005

America's answers to the BMW M5 and Mercedes SL55 AMG will make their European debuts at the Frankfurt motor show next month. And Cadillac has confirmed that the high-performance V-series versions of its STS luxury saloon and folding hardtop XLR roadster will go on sale in Europe in early 2006.

The 395bhp Corvette-powered CTS-V went on sale here earlier this year, but power for both of its forthcoming siblings comes from a supercharged version of Cadillac's 4.4-litre Northstar V8, driving the rear wheels through GM's six-speed Hydramatic auto. The XLR-V gets 442bhp and 414lb ft of torque, while the better-breathing STS-V's 469bhp and 439lb ft of torque make it the most powerful production Caddy ever.

Cadillac claims sub-5.0sec 0-60mph times and 155mph electronically limited top speeds for both cars, with bigger brakes and Nurburgring-honed chassis to match. Prices will be announced nearer to launch.

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