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How many Corvette owners will actually convert to an XLR? Is GM competeing with itself, kinda like starbucks, where they are across the street from each other. Since the XLR is being built in Bowling Green where the Corvettes built, do you think the XLR will take away from the Corvette market? I feel that being that the Corvette is 50 years in the making, the production of the XLR should not affect the Corvette. I think this is going to be interesting for GM.
 

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Nah, I don't think it will have any effect on the Corvette market. They are two different types of cars. The XLR is to compete with the upper scale sport sedans like the Mercedes SL line. Once they put some more HP in the XLR and have a couple of years to work out the bugs I would seriously consider getting one. I was thinking of going with Mercedes but the XLR is giving me pause.
 

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I think if anything it will go the opposite way. The guys that always drive the caddies will stop and think the XLR is similar and maybe give the vette a try. I dont see a huge segment of the existing vette crowd going to a caddy no matter how close in design it is. Just MHO
 

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Well I don't think there is any danger of the Corvette loosing sales to the XLR. Mainly because there are only going to be 2000 XLR's built in 2003. That is a big difference from the Corvette production also the demand for Corvette versus the # of people that will put out the cash for the XLR. :cheers
 

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I doubt anyone of us CorvetteForum.com members would SWITCH to the XLR, a few might buy an XLR too though. As far as taking away from Corvette sales, with the new C6 coming out, GM won't be able to make enough for atleast the first year of production. Also, a loaded Z06 is only 50 grand American, an XLR is 75 I believe. I don't think thats much competition:cheers
 

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im trying to get my mom to get one!
she likes it but she thinks its too "young" looking!
but im not trading my C5 any time soon
 

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While the two cars may be made at the same plant, and built off the same platform, they are still two very different vehicles intended for two very different audiences.

It is my goal that I will always have a Corvette in my stable for the rest of my life. As much as I like the XLR, I can't say the same thing about Cadillac.
 

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The Corvette is all-out performance.. I don't see why anybody would convert unless they were no longer interested in a performance vehicle... The XLR will be quick - but it wont be 'fast' by today's standards...
 

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I'd like to have an XLR to go along with my Corvette. As time goes on I continue to mod the 'vette. IF I had an XLR that I could use as a daily driver I'd probably go all out on a head/cam package for the Corvette.
 

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The vette has so much "fun factor" I don't think that the XLR can compete with that. Now if I was too old for the vette the XLR would be a good choice.
 

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Converts?

I hope there are some converts -- those who wish Corvette were plusher, quieter, with more features and gadgets. I honestly believe they will be happier with the XLR -- power hardtop, high-quality interior, DOHC engine, OnStar, XM, yadda yadda yadda.

However, I think many potential XLR owners will be turned off by the Corvette connection, or more specifically Corvette fanatics and Corvette's blue-collar reputation.

Owners of a MB-SL or SC430 have no fear of an SLK or Supra owner approaching them in a parking lot and simultaneously gushing over and putting down their exclusive luxury/performance machine. But this will happen to XLR owners. "Wow, nice car. You know it's just like my Corvette, except not as fast."

.Jinx
 

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Troy Roberts said:
I'd like to have an XLR to go along with my Corvette. As time goes on I continue to mod the 'vette. IF I had an XLR that I could use as a daily driver I'd probably go all out on a head/cam package for the Corvette.
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I'll keep the Vette. But if I happen to strike it big on my next project, I hope to buy an XLR. They would make excellent stablemates in the garage. I just got to figure out how to keep the wife from driving either one of them.
:cheers
 
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