Cadillac Allante

February 26th, 2013 | Comments Closed | Cadillac

The Cadillac Allante is a two-door, two-seater roadster manufactured and marketed by Cadillac from 1986-1993, with around 21,000 units built during a production cycle of seven years. Originally designed to compete with the Mercedes-Benz SL and Jaguar XJS, the Cadillac Allante had a slightly modified variant of the V8 4.1 liters used throughout Cadillac lineup. The Cadillac Allante is characterized by an agreement of unusual production where the bodies completed – designed and manufactured in Italy by Pininfarina – were shipped 4600 miles (7400 km) of Italy in specially equipped, 56 at a time, the plant Boeing 747s Detroit / Hamtramck Assembly Cadillac where they mated with chassis and engine assemblies manufactured locally.

1987 Cadillac Allante

The 1987 Cadillac Allante had a removable aluminum hardtop, first retractable power industry AM / FM antenna / Cell Phone and multi-port fuel injected version of GM aluminum 4.1 L (250 cu in) HT-4100 Cadillac V8, with roller valve lifters, high flow cylinder heads, and tuned intake manifold. The roadster offered III disc brakes on all four wheels based on independent front strut suspension system and rear, Bosch ABS and lamp module complex expected to replace a bulb in the outdoor lighting system with an adjacent lamp up correcting the problem. The GM-Delco / Bose Sound System Symphony – an option of $ 905 in other Cadillacs – was standard on Allante. The only option was a cell phone, installed in a lockable center console.

1988 Cadillac Allante

For 1988, the Cadillac Allante provides that reviewed the headrests of the front seats, and power decklid drop as standard equipment. Analogue instruments, rather than the standard digital dash cluster, is also available as an option at no charge. The base price was raised to $ 56,533, with cell phone remains the only cost option.

1989 Cadillac Allante

In 1989, the price rose to $ 57.183. Allante engine, the new 212.0 in (5385 mm) 4.5 L V8 produces 200 horsepower and 270 lb ft (366 N · m), provided most torque of any car front wheel drive in the world. Unlock the boot also opened the side doors – like Mercedes-Benz and BMW. As a burglar, Allante added GM Pass key (Automotive Personal Security System) using a bar of resistance within the ignition key that has the ability to make the fuel system and engine starter does not work if a key is used wrong power. Allante also received a new system speed sensitive damping call rate dependent Damping Control, or SD²C. This system completed the suspension at 25 mph (40 km / h) and again at 60 mph (97 km / h). The firmest setting is also used when starting from a standstill up to 5 mph (8.0 km / h). Another change was a variable steering assistance.

1990 Cadillac Allante

In 1990, Cadillac Allante offered a ($ 53.050) model companion lower price with a convertible fabric roof without the removable aluminum hardtop, and a model that includes the $ 58,638 ceiling. By mid-year, prices were reduced to $ 57,813 for rigid / convertible and $ 51.500 for the convertible roof, which included a gas Guzzler Tax $ 650 with $ 550 destination charge. The fully integrated cell phone, which was equipped factory in just 36 cars this year, was available for an additional $1,195. The electronically controlled dampers retuned to remain in the “soft” mode up to 40 mph (64 km / h). Previously, they went into “normal” mode after only 25 mph (40 km / h). A revised audio system allowed a CD player that is added as standard equipment, along with the cassette player. Of the 2523 built by 1990, only five were exported – four to Canada and one to Germany. Allante was available in eight colors this year, the most popular was Red Euro, located in 1,012 cars, while the least was chosen metallic gray, with only 28 made. Interior color options (and production figures) were Charcoal Gray (1343), Natural Beige (767) and Brown (413).

1991 Cadillac Allante

In 1991, Cadillac Allante added a mechanism for automatic coupling of power to the hood, and the digital dashboard, appears in all but 275 models Allante this year, was repriced (it was now an option of $ 495 for the convertible model). Prices began to $ 57,260, while a mid-year price drop brought the convertible Allante to $ 55.900, and roof / convertible up to $ 61.450 (from $ 62.810). Allante still room boasted plus luggage in its class; an amazing 16.3 cubic feet of storage (when the compartment is used to step through the cockpit area), more than double the 7.9 cu ft (220 L) trunk of a Mercedes SL. 1928 models produced for 1991, only seven were manufactured for export – five to Canada, one in Italy and one in Puerto Rico.

1992 Cadillac Allante

The Cadillac Allante for 1992 was priced at $ 58.470 for the convertible, and $ 64,090 for rigid / convertible roof. Both prices include tax gasoline consumption by mandate, which was now at $ 1,300. As was the custom of some years, falling prices were announced in mid-year, $ 57,170 for the convertible, and $ 62,790 with removable hardtop. The optional digital cluster was priced at $ 495 (available for free on the removable hardtop model), however, only 187 cars were equipped with standard analog cluster this year. Also available in convertible at extra cost, a group of white pearl paint (YL3 option) at a price of $ 700 (found in 443 models for 1992). This was the last year of designing multi-adjustable Recaro seats in 1993 would go into production with less expensive dual eight-way power seats designed Lear. Of the 1,698 produced this year, only four of them were built specifically for export – all within Canada.

1993 Cadillac Allante

Introduced in early 1992 for the 1993 model year, Cadillac Allante was reduced to a single model of this year, the convertible soft top with a price of $ 59,975 (excluding tax overlooked mandatory use $ 1.700 gas for vehicles sold in US). Removable 60.5 pounds (27.4 kg). aluminum hardtop was now a separate option, and the digital dashboard LCD $ 495 instead of the standard analog instruments. The option of $ 700 Pearlcoat paint (in linen or yellow Canyon with Hawaiian Orchid mid year added) was available. Also optional: chrome squeeze cast aluminum wheels. For his last outing, Allante received the 4.6 L (280.7 cu in) DOHC V8 Northstar engine. This engine was initially a power of 290 hp (220 kW), but Cadillac raised its rating of 295 hp (220 kW) at 5,600 rpm for when the first models were sold.

The 1993 Allante was also chosen to be the pace car for the 1992 Indy 500 76th Indianapolis 500, PACE car was driven by Bobby Unser a very historic race in Indy history. It was almost an entire career as Bobby Unser Unser was the Pace car driver Al Unser Jr nephew (LIL Al) won the race and his brother Al Unser Sr (Big Al) was third. There were only three modified 1993 Allante cars step only had seat belts, roll lit bar, and the air intake modified social production Allante, these three cars Allante Pace is provided for the race, and only 30 Stock 1993 Allante used as the Festival / pace Cars 1,992 cars and 58 shares Allante Festival / pace that were used by drivers and crews in the parade of opening and closing of the race.

Cadillac Allante 1993

Cadillac Allante 1993

The last Allante built was transferred from Turin, Italy on July 2, 1993, and ended in Detroit-Hamtramck 14 days later. With 21,430 built, assembled on average only slightly more than 3,000 per year for the life of the car. Official production ended on July 28, 1993.

Cadillac Allante Comparison

A 1992 comparison test of the Northstar engine Cadillac Allante and Driver placed above the convertible Jaguar XJS V12 and Mercedes-Benz 300SL in North America. Although Cadillac roadster has many points for its new engine, Cadillac Allante was criticized for its handling, which was an inherent result the design of front wheel drive. In the end, it was the rapid increase in the selling price of its competitors due to changes in exchange rates that won the proof Cadillac. At that time, the price of Cadillac Allante seemed a bargain compared to the $ 71,888 and $ 90,335 Jaguar Mercedes-Benz.