2008 Cadillac CTS V6 DI: Track Tested (driver approved?)
March 20, 2008
No, we haven't decided to move our test track to a large dirt pitch. Rather, a certain Vehicle Testing Assistant forgot his camera and was graciously loaned a pretty CTS shot from one Mr. Mike Schmidt.
Click the "continue reading" link below to see how our CTS V6 (with direct injection) fared (at a paved track) in all of your favorite tests! 0-60, 1/4 mile, 60-0, skidpad, and slalom, all there for your reading pleasure.
0-30 - 2.5 seconds
0-45 - 4.5 seconds
0-60 - 6.3 seconds
0-75 - 9.7 seconds
1/4 mile - 14.8 @ 96.3
Compare that with the Full Test we ran on a similar CTS, one with the FE3 suspension and sticky summer-only rubber that ran a 6.5 to sixty and a 14.9 @ 94.6 mph. Why? Well, here's what Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor and test driver had to say, " As we suspected, there's a little more time to be found with some wheelspin (but not much) afforded by the M+S tires." On the Full test he remarked, "With traction control disabled, the grippy tires don't allow for an optimal launch because after initially spinning, they lock to the pavement and the car bogs off the line."
60-0 - 117 feet
30-0 - 31 feet
Again, compare with our previous test car's 109 feet from 60 and 28 feet from 30mph. What did Walton say 'bout our Long Termer? "These brakes don't feel a bit like the previous CTS test car's -- especially during full ABS stops. Lots of hop and shudder as tires hunt. So much shudder, in fact, to throw the shifter from Drive into Neutral!"
.85 for the summer-tire equipped test car ran in our Full Test.
Comments: "Early onset understeer is the limiting factor here, while it's easy to maintain th earc without steering correction. Wheel is pretty talkative if a little light."
Like the skidpad, the slalom number here gets trounced by the summer-tire equipped car which blasted through the cones at a darned respectable 67mph.
Walton says, " A "less-is-more" technique works best. the car will drive sideways past every gate if you want it to, but that's not fast. Steering is precise and light, but the tires and chasis are not near as capable as the Michelin Pilot PS2 + FE3 suspension combo."
The CTS weighed in at 4,005lbs.
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @3,280 miles.