Yes, its body was styled by Italian design firm Pininfarina, and yes, it was available with a Northstar V8, but the Cadillac Allante was no competitor to the Mercedes-Benz SL
-Class. Launched in 1987, the Allante had a removable aluminum hardtop and an industry-first retractable telephone antenna. Despite all that, the Allante didn’t handle particularly well, partly due to it being front-wheel-drive. Was it horrible? No, but the Allante, despite its lower price, couldn’t keep up with European luxury.