A brief History of the Allante...By Richard Truit..You should hear the Allante's burbling exhaust. With the top down, it inspires sport driving. With the top up, you can't hear it unless you really wind up the engine.The engine is a willing - though not overpowering - performer. That's good, because a car like the Allante needs to impress with finesse as well as with muscle. Cadillac has struck a nice balance between the two. The four-speed automatic transmission proves General Motors makes the world's finest automatics. Not only is the shifting perfectly calibrated, it is ultra-smooth and the gears are designed to extract a decent mix of performance and economy.
The Allante is equipped with traction control. Because it is a V-8-powered, front-wheel-drive car, things could get a little loose on wet pavement. However, the traction control ensures that tires never lose their grip.
It excels in every driving situation - on smooth, flat roads; through fast, sweeping curves; during hard braking; and into quick turns. In fact, any twist in the road you might find likely will present no problem for the Allante.
The suspension is firm, but that does not translate into a ride that rattles your spine over speed bumps and bad pavement. If you like cars with superior mechanical specifications and high-tech equipment, you'll be pleased with the Allante.
The interior has a nice, warm ambiance.
The car's powerful computer system provides the driver with all the information he could need. Included are range, miles to empty, oil condition, trip odometer and trip time, outside temperature - among others.
All the switches are easily reached, sensibly laid out and lighted. The sound system, AM/FM stereo cassette with CD player, is terrific.
The trunk is fairly large for a two-seater. It can hold 16.5 feet of cargo. There is more storage space behind the seats.