First introduced at the 1999 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Evoq is a rear-wheel-drive two-seater with a retractable hardtop. Its crisply tailored lines establish an expressive design direction for future Cadillac models. At the same time, the concept vehicle boasts strong performance, starting with a supercharged version of the next generation Northstar V8 engine featuring an intercooler and continuously variable valve timing. Evoq's all-steel body panels are painted Argentanium, a pewter color with a lot of 'travel' from light to dark values, varying widely under different lighting conditions. Bronze glass windows add emphasis to the concept car's modern industrial design appearance. The 'less is more' philosophy is accentuated by the lack of exterior door handles. The remote keyless entry fob not only unlocks the doors, it also opens them slightly. This feature preserves the clean, sheer look of Evoq's profile while adding an aerodynamic benefit. With the push of a single button, Evoq's hardtop retracts into the back window and sail, then folds down under a deck lid that raises and then closes over the hardtop unit. Evoq represents the first application of the widely acclaimed Cadillac Northstar V8 engine to a rear-wheel-drive configuration, and previews technology that will be seen on a next generation of the Northstar System. The 4.2 liter all-aluminium V8 has been 'crowned' by a fully integrated Supercharger/intercooler unit, for which GM has a patent pending, and comes with four-camshaft continuously variable valve timing plus a new low-friction valvetrain. Evoq features a new tire mounting technology from Michelin called the Pax System. Relying on clamping forces around the rim, this vertically anchored run-flat tire and wheel system reduces rolling resistance and improves fuel economy under normal conditions, compared to conventionally mounted tire/wheel systems. The design provides added safety in the run-flat configuration because the tire is anchored to the rim. In addition, the system enhances styling by allowing larger wheels on Evoq (19 inches in the front, 21 inches in the rear). A production version of the Evoq, named XLR, will be in the showrooms for the 2003 model year.
Company press release, last updated before 12 / 01 / 2004
i saw the evoq at the dubai autoshow in 1999.since then i have always appreciated cadillacs.its a good idea to launch the xlr. cadillac needs a sports car in its range.i wonder how it would perform against the corvette
The year 2002, just found out the Evoc will go into production. Hip-Hip-Hip Herray. Cadillac needed to have this type of auto for a long time. Cadillac give that Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG the run for the money. Go get them CADILLAC!