I've owned a few high performance cars: 2 Gallardos, a Nissan GTR, BMW 550i, Lotus Elise, Maserati Gran Sport. Believe me when I say this car has more torque and is more fun to drive than all of the above, and it does it all with great style and comfort.
I just traded my M3 for the CTS-V and the car is simply amazing. THe power and torque are scary at times and the magnetic suspension offers a perfect balance of comfort and touring. This is by far the fastest car I have ever owned so be prepared to buy a radar detector for keeping this car at speed is impossible. The biggest surprise for me is how beautiful the interior is. The hand stiched dash and the ambient light along with the skyview sunroof makes for a fantastic place to spend time. The fit and finish are very surprising as well and I love the white diamond paint on my car. Bottom line GM hit a homerun and if you need a 4 fast sedan then look no further. Can't beat the price too
6sp manual with recaros, now with Hennessey intake, AR Headers, tune (about 615 HP -- 521 to the rear wheels per dyno). Car is a blast, but traction is an issue, even in 104 degree weather. Just have to get over the fact that you can't floor it in 1st or 2nd in any weather without blowing the tires completely. 3rd gear hooks up in 90+ degree weather, and we'll see about cooler days this fall! Interior is very nice, but there is a bit more interior noise than in an audi I owned. 14-15 MPG average really isn't that bad for a 600HP sedan. Gadgets are very nice. The 8 inch nav touch screen is impressive. Excellent toy if scaring three passengers on the way to lunch is your cup of tea!
The vehicle is the only vehicle that could have made me purchase an American car. The power is incredible but it can be driving within reason with ease. On the road from Indiana to Kansas City I got 21.6 miles to the gallon with an average speed of 76 miles per hour. I am very impressive by the features but need to return to dealership to have some trim items tightened up. Slightly smaller steering wheel like the sie in my Evo X Mr that I traded would be perfect. The engine sounds so good and did I mention the POWER!!!. Plus the insurance on this vehicle is less than my 2008 Evo Mr. Go Caddy!!!
Last post - Great car with radio turned up. After 2k miles, I simply love this car - almost weapon-like. I couldn't resist the Lingenfelter upgrade to 630hp / 630ft/tq - went out the other night with car - nobody on road. Rolling start from 40 mph then I floored it - the acceleration blew my mind - handling and steering extremely well balanced for the weight of this car. I am so pleased that there is nothing else out there that compares for under 100k.
Automatic: I = 4.02, II = 2.36, III = 1.53, IV = 1.15, V= 0.85, VI = 0.67, FD = 3.73 Manual: I = 2.66, II = 1.78, III = 1.30, IV = 1.00, V = 0.80, VI = 0.63, FD - 3.73
Automatic - Settings -- transmission in Sport, suspension in Tour. Best launch technique was to use mild brake torque to about 1,200 rpm, then squeeze the throttle at a rate that produced about 10 feet of wheelspin. Too much wheelspin results in an early upshift. Too little is slow. There's plenty of power here and it's easier (and quicker) to put it down with a torque converter. Shifts are aggressive without being obnoxious like BMW's SMG is on full blast. Wheelspin on 1-2 shift is cool and rare with an automatic transmission.
Manual - The CTS-V is a relatively easy car to launch with lots of power, a solid but not-too-aggressive clutch take-up and decent grip. I'm surprised the automatic is quicker given the ease with which this car launches. Excellent shifter and a very nice shift knob. Truly an impressive machine.
Pedal lacks immediate effectiveness we expected of a brakes system this big and capable. However, it's possible that pedal feel has diminished since we're the third or fourth testers in this car in two days. Still, performance is excellent and distances only improved with heat.
Massive grip on the skid pad, but a distinct difference in handling numbers clockwise to counterclockwise (0.89g vs. 0.95g for a 0.92g average). Steering weight is good and there's plenty of information coming through the wheel about what the front tires are doing. In the slalom, the CTS-V's transitions aren't as intuitive as smaller cars this focused, and the Caddy's weight is more obvious here than in any other test. Still, careful suspension tuning and very sticky tires make an incredible number for a sedan this size. Best run in Tour mode. Sport mode was simply too tail-happy in transitions this fast.