Virtually everyone on the planet knows what a C-6 ZO6 is. When you say, I have an XLR, most people look at you like you have two heads, and say, "A whaaa...?"
I think XLR really stand for X-plane Lots of Reasons ( for buying a car no one seem to know about after three years on the market).
BTW- a Victory Red C-6 Z06 convertible is in the running for that empty slot in the Garage Mahal. Doggone, you climb in one and from the inside its one heck of a lot like an XLR. I just wish Chevy offered a paddle shift 6 (or seven) speed automatic. (bum knee)
No doubt the XLR still commands quite a bit of neck-snapping looks on the part of the average auto consumer, however to those of us who enjoy the sensation of DRIVING rather than owning great cars it is just one of many great options. I can honestly say I have owned one, as well as a Viper, Jag, MB and so many others. I still own and enjoy an 03 Cobra that makes over 500 rwhp with less than $3,000 in after-market bolt-on parts. It will walk away from any car I have ever encountered on the street.
With that said, we are still patiently waiting a build date for our '07 Z06. And, I agree many folks know of the present generation Z06, however very, very few will actually experience one. And believe me, it is their loss. There are very few cars available at any price that can begin to compete with one on the street, track or strip.