The LA Times article has a few incorrect items. I was surprised at the lack of fact checking and the assumptions he made. It's one thing to make a value judgement, it's another thing to incorrectly state things as facts, which they are not.
As an LA Times subscriber, I'm may write this guy a "nice" letter.
Well, I wrote him a letter and he wrote back... his reply follows:
Many inaccuracies? Well, OK. SL500 -- I got used to the old nomenclature. Guilty. "Key" as opposed to "fob"? "Key" is better, and easier for readers to understand, since fob is technically no better -- an ornament worn at the end of a chain? Perhaps "electronic key"?
I thought the car's ride needed some civilizing. What I didn't mention is that I drove two examples of the car -- the first went back to the barn because the fancy dampers went off-line. Some wiring problem caused the system to shut down and the car to go into limp-home mode.
I also think the car has more rattle and shake than the SL500 -- see, I got it right this time. Compare it to a Lexus SC430.
But the XLR is a very nice car, as I said. You'll be happy with your choice, I'm sure. It's a cool car. Next year's will be better, tho.
And I absolutely think the tires could be improved. Run flats are too flinty for this class of car.