Depends on the age and level of maturity of said teen - some are ready and some are not - if its a teen's first car perhaps something less expensive and less distracting makes sense. I also like something with some metal around it for a new driver like a larger SUV - just for added protection. My 2 cents.
This is a JOKE right!!!!!! You are going to give a kid one of these as his first car???? :nono
If you do please send me his full name I am going to take out a LIFE insurance policy on him. I will have a better chance with it that then playing the lotto.
Not that kids will not be killed in slower cars but to give them one that will do 155 mph is just asking for trouble. I am sure there are a few that will obey the speed laws " not that I go 55 MPH all the time" but 16 year old kids will be kids. For a kid it's not to much fun going very fast if you don't have someone to watch you. So they don't go fast when they are on a long straight road with NO one else in sight or that could be hurt or killed. No it's - lets go down town. There is too much street racing now. There were two killed last night in Houston. When they get a little older say 20 I think it might work.
The really bad thing will be that if the kid is killed the parents will be the first to sue the city, state, & GM because it MUST be there fault there kid was killed doing over a 100 mph on a city street and THEY should have done something to stop it.
Then we ALL pay for it.
Of the present owners/drivers, who would have been mature enough to drive the XLR when they were 17?
My own answer is that I may have been mature enough but certainly not experienced enough in driving skills. I really think you need to learn some about driving first. Besides my friends would have been all over the XLR. My Ford Escort was probably the right level at that time
Jeeeez.. Somebody's gonna be lucky... Personally, I think a teenager, unless he/she is REALLY mature for their age, should get used to driving something a little more "practical" at first. Let them get some of the 'kicks' out of driving beforehand. Maybe a ding or scratch here and there...
With all that has been said it just seems to me that any house hold that has sufficient funds to purchase and XLR for an offspring's first car needs to take into consideration the following:
1) How can I help my child become fully functional adult?
2) Learn the value of a Dollar and the related costs of living on this planet
3) Avoid sticking a silver spoon in the child's mouth because you may find that later you will be asking yourself why doesn't this person have any perspective of what things cost etc.
4) There has never been a case where someone has been given the opportunity to earn there why, rather then it given to them, doesn't turn out to be a much better person, in all perspectives.
5) I fell sorry for the child that is given a new car for a first car. Especially if it is a highend luxury car because what is life all about if you hand our the golden ring at the start of the trip down life's highway. And, are the parents expecting to be there for the child from craddle to grave?
6) A first car can provide a boat load of maturing real world experience and without a lot of it being seen as a character builder and a text book lession. This is if you want your child to become a confident, independent individual, who will learn the cost of ownership, taking care of something, insurance, responsibility and when the child is standing amoung the others that got their cars for free, your's will be able to say I got here on my own.
Money can buy a lot of things but it can not buy pride, experience or maturity.
I would say no to an XLR but I would say lets go find something better suited for a first ca (used and basic) and talk about what the scope of responsibility the child will have to be holding to with even a bare bones kind of a car.
If you run your own household you it will not matter if a child's friend is report to having received a brand new fancy car and that is why you are now considering an XLR for your youngter.
Just remember, this is not the time to be concerned with keeping up with the Jones'es. It's time to give your young adult to the tools and opportunities to grow into adulthood to survive on their own, not on the money you have.
I think money was on most of our minds..I think the question was, " Is the XLR a safe car?" To that I say yes... I bought my son a 1994 Trans Am when he was 16. Speed was a factor in my decision but you have to look at each situation differently. In my case I made the right decision.
My son's first car was a 5 year old Escort - standard transmission. My daughter's first car was a yellow Geo Metro affectionately named "Chiquita." (also a standard.) Local transit only, no freeway driving permitted.
The "primary mission" of a first car is to teach the lad or lass to drive in relative safety, to teach them how to exercise good judgement behind the wheel.
What should not be considered:
1) Cars that establish parents of said child as "cool parents" at the expense of "primary mission".
2) Cars that are a status symbol at the expense of "primary mission".
3) Cars through which parents can live vicariously through their children at the expense of "primary mission".
We all want to do what is best for our children, but giving them their every desire does them no service. Being a millionaire is no excuse for bad judgement.
More Texas wisdom: The value of something is directly porportional to the sacrifice required to attain it. "Giving" a child an XLR (and 16 is still a child) is a recipe for disaster.
If the Child has earned the money I am impressed, however, you need to, at this early age, teach the child the difference been "need" and "want". Currently there is a significant percenate of our American Citizens spend nearly 20% in excess of their take home pay, which is mostly due to not being able to make the distiction between "need" and "want". In the case of a child that is fortunate enough to be making big money does indicate that some maturity in present but at the age of 16 I have to assume that there is additional maturity to be aquired and some significant lessons to be learned. And all of the above is even in light of the Child getting $100,000 paycheck in the mail, especially the case if they are coming from a trust fund in which case they are not paychecks.
I guess what I am attempting to say very much along the line of what AVIATOR stated in his message.
You'd have to be nuts for all the obvious reasons. Beyond those, how about teaching a kid the value of money. A person should get a car like an XLR when he or she earns it. It shouldn't be a sweet 16 present from daddy.
Hello? Did you just say kids with expensive cars won't go fast anyway? Okay. Sure. Let's just pretend every teenager doesn't get the urge to test the limits. I know I did and my first car what a who do! Sorry, I just think any kid, rich or poor, need to learn some responsible driving before we go handing them $77, 000 cars. Maybe I was raised different.