Published on January 22nd, 2012 | by BajaBusta2
1989 Cadillac Allante Test Drive
The Cadillac Allante really should have been a success, but somehow it never realised its makers expectations. Cadillacs intention was to carve for themselves a slice of the exotic sports car market then dominated by the SL Mercedes and the jaguar XJS and to that end they called in the great Italian stylist Pininfarina to design the body and put together the best mechanical specification they could muster. The new car was introduced in the late summer of 1986 as a 1987 model. It looked good, but somehow the reality never quite lived up to the promise. The 170hp V8 was no ball of fire and the interior was just too plasticky to offer serious competition to the well established sportsters from Europe. Sales in the first season were a disappointing 3,363 cars; and the next year they actually dropped to just 2,569. So Cadillac tried again, fitting an enlarged 200hp engine for the 1989 season,improving the passenger compartment and reworking the suspension. That was certainly better.