Eyedoc's right, hold down the TC disabling button for about 8 seconds while stopped, this will remove both levels of traction control, and I think it sets the tranny to "aggressive" mode or you can 'manushift' wich I find slow to respond when she's floored, compared to the auto.
2nd, I got my a-- kicked by a Subie WRX STi in every gear up to 85--on a twisty part of the Saw Mill River Parkway in Westchester, NY, and I didn't have enough tire to even follow him faster than 85-90, she was tire-squealing like a pig--pressure was perfect.
At the light when I caught up (same exit) he graciously offered that I'd probably overtake him at high speeds--but the XLR doesn't have the tires to handle those speeds on twisties--it wasn't my best ride in my XLR "luxury roadster touring car"!
I would also appreciate different gearing, but on a lease/warranty car? I can't mess with it!
Hurts to have the ponies/weight advantage, and get your butt kicked anyway:yesnod
WRX claimed to have done no work to his ride.
As Aviator said at the time, "sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you".
Next ride will have to be the XLR V or the GT-40--at least I won't get beat up by Subies! But then I lose my drop-top (with the GT-40) by then, the new Lotus Esprit should be out (I only buy American, but I would consider British....darn it isn't going to be an easy decision in Feb 08' (but it will be fun shopping)