How many Corvettes have you ever seen driving on icy/snowy roads with chains? Due to it's very low ground clearance, the XLR is definately not recomended for use in the snow. I've read some very negative posts from owners that have tried it with predictably ugly results. Hence the advice NOT to use chains in the owner's manual.
If you've ever driven an XLR, one of the first things you notice is how low they sit (meaning your visibility is a lot more restricted) and invisible you are to other drivers -especially if you're in their blind spots. Even with that in mind as I drive, I dodge cars frequently to avoid being side-swiped by lane changers. In inclement (rainy) weather, you really have to be on guard.
If conditions warrant chains, it's safer for the car (and you) to keep it parked in the garage. Most owners in the higher latitudes, where snow is prevalent from Oct-May, slap a Battery Tender on their XLRs and wait until the climate is more agreeable. If you're thinking of buying an XLR as a daily driver and you live in an area like that, you might want to reconsider.
I live in an area in Southern California that may have snow at anytime and I just thought that I would ask. No reason to drive one if it will not meet my needs.
I'll just look at other cars, by the way this is no corvette. I have other collector cars and these are interesting but I still need to be able to get home.
I drove our 2007 XLR the first winter with only one incident. In a fresh 8" snowfall, the vehicle simply hung up right in our cul-de-sac as I backed out. I had to tug it with another car (always carry a tow strap).
Otherwise I was amazed at the handling on icy and snowy roads as I drove between northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, a regular 30 mile commute. Traction control and yaw control are excellent and after a scary experience with my Nissan Z, I would never have thought a light overpowered rear drive automobile could be so usable in midwest winter driving.
Again, the only stopper was deep unplowed snow. Otherwise it handles well on paved roads.
Automobile(s): 06 XLR-V and 96 Eldorado ESC-V -- One day ;)
St Louis, MO
Re: driving in snow
Even with Blizzaks, my V was all over the road last year when I was forced to drive it home from Indy. My situation was different from MarkV: Temps had been dropping all day, rain started, an hour later - changed to snow. I've driven in much worse in other cars, this was extremely dangerous. Thank God I was only 30 miles from home when the snow started; any further and I would have pulled over and called AAA for a flatbed. In hindsight, I should have called AAA as soon as I was within 100 mi of home anyway!