Fitting the demographic
I bought the xenon blue XLR for my wife, who is a certifiable "top down nut". Over the years, we've owned a TR-3, TR-7, Miata, Cadillac Allante, a BMW 325i Convertible, a BMW 330i convertible, and now the XLR. The xenon blue w/ gold package is just stunning. The only heads that don't turn when we zoom by are in the hearse.
We are now hale and hearty, early 50's empty nesters, but even when the kids were at home we had a drop top ride of some sort. The rest of the world wants to label my generation with an endless myriad of acronyms: hippies, yuppies, muppies, and now TINKs (That's Two Incomes, No Kids for the uninitiated). Anyway, you get the demographic picture.
Our XLR is not a daily driver. It lives for the weekend. She is spared the wear and tear of a daily commute in Houston, TX. Projected yearly mileage: 5,000 tops.
I saw the post from the 'vette jock above, and I must say GM was very smart with the XLR. While I've always loved the 'vette, I've never owned one, as it is more a purists sports car, similar to a Ferrari. We were looking for more creature comforts, which the XLR amply provides. And what better platform than the tried-and-true Corvette on which to build? And the C6 no less! This car SHOULD be loved by 'vette owners!
The other cars that were in contention before we ordered the XLR was the Mercedes-Benz SL500, or the Porsche 911. The XLR compares very favorably with these premium roadsters on the track, but is a much more comfortable boulevard cruiser, thanks to the innovative "magnetic ride control". Simply amazing. :thumbs