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      01-26-2010, 06:14 PM   #1
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Test drove a 2010 CTS-V

cliff notes; drove a new V on the highway, feeder roads for about 15miles or so. First 10' they got into the dealer.

2010' CTS-V 19" wheels PS2 tires detuned ZR1 engine 556hp sticker: 70k


So I get to the dealer, I went to the wrong one at first lol which was a Nissan place...I bumped into a guy I know there, told me I could drive a new 370z Roadster they just got in (which I did afterwards) told him I had an appointment with the V.

Anyway, whipped in the Cadillac place and saw Daniel getting out after just pulling in the V. First thing he said was "hey look at this beast I found for ya" lol

Driving impressions

First, I really dig the looks of the big wheels/tires...that was my first impression and what stood out to me in person that really did not in the pictures I looked at online. It looks like it would really grip on a track.

The guy driving with me told me it was ok to get on it, he said it wouldn't scare him..... so I did. First thing I noticed was the SC whine which was pretty cool. But the motor itself was pretty quiet. It did have a good punch but it really did not feel like 556hp? I am sure if it was a 6-speed I could have revved it better. The auto did have a manual mode which I did use. It didn't have paddle shifters like the 335i but little buttons on either side of the steering wheel. You can shift with the stick as well but it is backwards from the 335 i.e. to upshift you push up instead of towards you. It's not as smooth as our shifters.

I got to take it on the highway.........first it lacks the intelligence of the BMW. For instance when I put it in manual mode (I drove an auto) and I shifted to late the car would bog, whereas the 335i it will shift it automatically for you. Plus the redline is only 6k rpm and the Tach gauge was too small for my taste. I would like to see the 7200 redline like the C6Z. The transmission was also kind of jerky at times. But to be fair I really did not get to ramp it up through the gears, mostly short 3rd gear pulls. And the times I did get to the car bogged because I hit the limiter..woops.

The interior was good. It has the NAV which pops out of the dash which was pretty cool. The gauges could probably use some work they are the same from the regular CTS. (I rented one before) The steering wheel was suede which was nice and it had the recaro seat's which were like the seats on the 335i sports package..held you in there. Overall though I would say the leather and interior in the BMW is better.

When your in the 335i it has that more 'cockpit' feel to it, like your strapped in. That is the best way I can explain it. But I am used to the 335 so maybe I could get used to the CTS-V in the same way.

Overall, the 335i feels tighter and to me is more of a driving experience than the V. But to be fair the V is 700lb. more @ 4200lbs! I wish I could have taken it in more turns but this was more of a straight line drive on feeder roads and the highway.

It almost feels like the car is de-tuned which I think it is. The ride was very nice though just cruising on the highway. Maybe even better than the 335! It sure felt nice on those PS2's rather than the runcraps. Wish I could drive this car on a oval track.
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      01-26-2010, 07:08 PM   #2
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It is THE fastest 4dr car on the Nurburg Ring...
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      01-26-2010, 07:13 PM   #3
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My dream car used to be an E60 M5, and then the new CTS-V cameout. Amazing car.
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      01-26-2010, 07:17 PM   #4
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CTS-V are so nice. I wouldn't mind owning one.
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      01-26-2010, 08:32 PM   #5
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My dream car used to be an E60 M5, and then the new CTS-V cameout. Amazing car.
Wait until the New M5 comes out You'll be back in the "I love the M5 bandwagon"
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      01-26-2010, 09:15 PM   #6
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Drove the CTS-V up at Monticello..absolute beast.
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      01-26-2010, 09:19 PM   #7
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actually the auto is quicker of the two.
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      01-26-2010, 09:25 PM   #9
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I test drove one as well... and its an absolute monster. I would get wheelspin while in 3rd gear (auto) at about 60km/h (i guess around 35-40mph?) once I hammered down on it briefly.

Serious machine... this is more of a weekend car or a summer car than anything else.

The seats IMO are better than the 335. The overall drive/handling though, the 335 takes the cake as it has that 'fun factor' which can't be duplicated.
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Those cars are very nice and tarded fast and I would take one over my 135 anyday of the week and 4 times on sunday. I have seen several recently and they are very cool and the new coupe is going to be even better.
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It is THE fastest 4dr car on the Nurburg Ring...
I thought the Panamera Turbo is?
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I <3 the new CTSV. I just cant find anywhere that will let me drive one.
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I thought the Panamera Turbo is?
It is, but it just goes to show how big of an impact the CTS-V has made on the market( and how little the Panamera has I guess) that now false statement is lasting on other people.
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It is, but it just goes to show how big of an impact the CTS-V has made on the market( and how little the Panamera has I guess) that now false statement is lasting on other people.
Funny how nonchalant Porsche is about their lap time
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Funny how nonchalant Porsche is about their lap time
I think they may have learned their lesson from the GT-R and 911 GT2 lap time contraversies lol
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Wait until the New M5 comes out You'll be back in the "I love the M5 bandwagon"
From what ive heard the new M5 will not be available with a manaul tranny and will be basically an overweight pig that can go fat in a straight line, and oh take turns if it has to.(kind of like AMG used to be funny how things change)

So unless all of what ive mentioned happens, i think i left that bandwagon for good.

*still love the E39 and E60 however, only reason i did not buy an E39 was because of the difficulty in finding a CPO one thats priced within reason.
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...Overall, the 335i feels tighter and to me is more of a driving experience than the V. But to be fair the V is 700lb. more @ 4200lbs! I wish I could have taken it in more turns but this was more of a straight line drive on feeder roads and the highway.
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You can't claim then 335 is 'tighter' and 'more of a driving experience' if you haven't taken the V in the corners. That's the absolute best part about the car. Screw the power, what amazed me is when you threw that big car into corners and it stuck like a tiny sport car. It's SO tight and well balanced.
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You can't claim then 335 is 'tighter' and 'more of a driving experience' if you haven't taken the V in the corners. That's the absolute best part about the car. Screw the power, what amazed me is when you threw that big car into corners and it stuck like a tiny sport car. It's SO tight and well balanced.
We're still talking about cars right?
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We're still talking about cars right?
Well... about something that turns me on.
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I don't think they are.
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Wow, what a depressing review. That is the first review I've ready about this car that has been down on it. The OP makes it sound so mundane. Are you sure it was a V? It has beaten the M5 and the new XFR in comparison tests. I don't know how a 4 door, 4000+ lb car than runs 0-60 in 3.9-4.3, depending on the review, could possibly feel detuned. That's like saying the C63 feels detuned because it has less hp than the other 6.2L AMG's. Both the CTS-V and C63 are still faster and more powerful than their direct competition, aren't they?

I sat in a CTS-V and I thought the interior was better than the 1, 3, or 5 series. The new E class has a nicer interior than the V though, IMO.

Anyway, I still plan on getting one once there are used example available and I can snag one for about $50-55k with some options, in a manual of course.

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I dont understand why you thought the CTS-V seems like it doesnt have 556 HP. It's supposed to run 0-60 in like 4 seconds.
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