I've owned 6 imports (Japanese & European) and was tired of service problems and costs. I'm a "car guy", so mundane sedans are out of the question. The CTS-V tweaked my interest immediately. Ordered one (Feb. 04) with the option to buy. One overnight test drive sealed the deal. Traded a Z06 Corvette, an under rated, terrific car, simply because it wasn't practical enough. The CTS-V meets my demands for performance and utility. You "European-only" buyers should check out the "V" objectively. No, it's not a BMW or M-B, but a terrific performer. If you can forget "image", you might find the "V" meets your needs, too. It keeps Americans working and helps the trade-deficit problem, too.
That primitive old pushrod American V8, acceleration, handling (with good ride), Brembo brakes (!), stability control, fuel economy, build quality, nav system, XM. The list goes on...
Console tight against right leg; get rid of foot parking brake; telescoping column; allow direct pushbutton access to specific radio bands (rather than cycling through). I haven't had axle-hop problem, but that should be corrected.