2010 Cadillac CTS-V: RideLust Review

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2010 CTS-V: RideLust Review

Thumbs Up: As to a four door ZR-1 as you can get. At half the price.

Down: Outside of Montana or on a there is nowhere in America you can explore the limits of this

Buy This Car If: You want to enjoy acceleration with three

My father was a Cadillac man. up, his taste ran to the full sized Deville, and he always found a deal on a used model. I having to borrow his Caddy my own car was in the shop, since the old Sedan handled like an ocean Pushing a barge. In ten foot

Sure they were and relatively quick in a straight (for the ‘80s, at least), but were also the size of a house. For a kid more into than outright speed, was nothing at all entertaining about the old man’s Caddy.

Maybe I’m and wiser, or maybe the 2011 CTS-V is that good, but it certainly put any notions about the new generation of automobiles out of my head. Did I like the Hell yes. Would I own one if I had the price of admission? Most yes, since there anything else that so little and works so well.

It’s hard to imagine a car with a sticker price $60k would be a bargain, but comparison shopping an you’ll see I mean. A Porsche Panamera will set you back $132,600, and doesn’t do anything better the CTS-V. A BMW M5 starts at about and can’t catch the CTS-V in a line or on a racetrack.

An E63 AMG Mercedes run you a minimum of $86,000 and can’t the Caddy in any performance category. I told you the CTS-V was a bargain.

The generation Cadillac CTS-V sedan in 2009. The big news was that the now featured forced induction via an Twin Vortices supercharger, horsepower from 400 in the 2008 to 556 in the 2009 CTS-V. Torque significantly as well, jumping 395 foot pounds in the 2008 to 551 in the 2009. The chassis was all new in 2009, and all CTS now utilize the Sigma II platform.

was changed to a control arm front and a multi-link rear; borrowing Corvette ZR-1 technology, GM their superb Magnetic Control system in the new CTS-V. Ride Control increases damping as needed, based on sent every millisecond. diameter was increased to 15 inches in the (from 14” in the earlier model) and inches in the rear (from

Combined, the new CTS-V is a well stunningly quick but well sedan.

Let’s start the motor. The LSA V-8 used in the Cadillac 6.2 liters and cranks out an unbelievable of power. If you drop the hammer, in any at any speed, acceleration is instantaneous and impressive. It feels like the of God is pushing you through time and and I always ran out of road before I ran out of GM claims 3.9 seconds to 60 miles per (backed up by Road and Track), but I believe them.

In my unscientific, timing runs, zero to seemed to take about maybe 3.6 seconds. Despite the take-no-prisoners attitude under throttle, it’s surprisingly in day to day driving. I drove the sedan in the on several occasions, and the car never nervous on wet pavement as long as I was with the throttle.

Turn off the control and stomp the gas, on the hand, and you will get a quick to oversteer.

My tester came the six speed Hydra-Matic transmission, can be driven as an automatic or manually on the console or paddles located the steering wheel. With much power on tap, I can say that I didn’t miss a gearbox. If I were shopping for a though, the Tremec six speed would be the only choice for me.

I can’t imagine trying to run a day with an automatic transmission, and I most certainly track a

The CTS-V comes with ZF Servotronic 2 power steering and the Magnetic Ride Control Together, they worked well, with plenty of through the steering wheel. effort, while not high, you that you’re driving a sport sedan.

The suspension was comfortable in “Tour” mode, and became harsh on rough in “Sport” mode. If you’re passengers, you’re probably to have it in Tour mode, so your mother in law won’t about a harsh ride. I vouch for the 1,000 times per suspension adjustment, but I can tell you absolute certainty that the did get noticeably stiffer when hard in corners.

I’m not generally a big fan of tech gizmos in sports but the Magnetic Ride Control flat out works.

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My tester equipped with the $3,400 seat package and the $300 steering wheel. If you’re a CTS, just check of these option boxes. don’t even think the price, since the seats are infinitely adjustable and equally suited to highway cruising lumbar, less hip and side and track day driving (hip and bolsters to max). As you’d the seats are heated and have a fan system to increase comfort on hot

The sueded steering wheel excellent control, even driving hard in hot weather; up for the $300 upgrade or spend the of your time behind the wishing you had.

Instruments are and easy to read. Both and speedometer feature an LED graph shows where the tach or needle is currently sitting. think it’s a gimick at until you realize that it does help you acquire the faster.

It makes me wonder why sports cars don’t use a system. The car’s vehicle display is located at the bottom of the and gives the driver a choice of trip information (including a for timing laps) or vehicle (including a lateral g force The ten speaker Bose 5.1 Digital stereo is excellent, and the now-standard nav is easy to use and conveniently located the dash.

I’ve always nav systems that allow the to keep his eyes on the road, and the system is well suited to driving.

Overall the interior is a decent of sport and luxury. The textured and dash isn’t really but it looks good. The Midnight Wood Trim in my tester (a option) looked upscale being pretentious, as did the blend of chrome and satin aluminum used throughout the interior.

If I had any about the interior at all, it be the door pull handles, felt (and sounded) they were straight off a Cobalt. GM beancounters, there are you can save a few dollars, but the inside of a CTS-V shouldn’t be one of them.

I’m a big fan of the CTS-V’s outside sytling for two reasons: it ties back to Cadillac’s to build a LeMans Prototype before the project was … in I may be the only gear head who remembers the effort, but I certainly the styling cues (headlights, splitter) borrowed by the CTS-V. The reason I like the exterior is that it doesn’t look anything else on the road.

is zero chance you’ll a CTS-V for a Lexus, or a Mercedes, or a In this day and age of bland but safe props to Cadillac for being a and not a follower.

The Cadillac CTS-V sedan starts at My tester came equipped the Recaro seat package Midnight Sapele Wood ($600) and the Sueded Steering ($300). It’s EPA rating of 12 mpg 18 mpg highway saddles it with a gas tax of $2,500, and I can vouch for the accuracy of the EPA

In a mix of spirited city and highway I saw a combined average of 15.2

In World War II, Q Ships were armed vessels designed to like innocent freighters. mission was to lure in the enemy for an kill, them open up and the hell out of them. The CTS-V may be the automotive Q Ship; it doesn’t particularly menacing, and you’re not going to notice the massive poking through the rear

Try and pass one (on a racetrack of course) or one off from a traffic light (I Christmas Tree, at a drag and you’re likely to get a lesson in taillight styling. That’s the way it to be, when Cadillac was the standard for automotive engineering excellence. If you ask me, the goes a long way toward them back where belong.

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