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    Re: Blistering performance aside, what's your favorite V feature?

    You can paddle shift your Wagon without putiing in Sport mode does it automatically.

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    Re: Blistering performance aside, what's your favorite V feature?

    [QUOTE=CTSV Racing Marc;2966193]All car parts aside. The V community alone is different than any other car group. Vette, Mustang, Honda, you name it. The V community might be smaller but its a different breed of enthusiasts. I have met with West Coast V guys and East Coast and its a cool group of owners. Favorite part of the V....hanging out with other V owners



    To answer the OP, the fact that it's faster and corners nearly as well as my '03 Z06 did, but can haul four people or 58 CF of stuff. I just got my 11 Vagon three days ago (with all three pedals), are there any enthusiast groups in Tidewater, VA? LOVE MY NEW BULLET!!!

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    Re: Blistering performance aside, what's your favorite V feature?

    The crowd it draws in the paddock at the track. . .



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    Re: Blistering performance aside, what's your favorite V feature?

    I really like the auto-start feature. Use it all the time.

    By comparison...wife's VW has auto-start, and the stupid thing turns the engine off once you open the door. Could that be a dumber design? It has proximity sensors for the key, just like the Caddy, so someone w/out a key cannot hop in and take it for a spin. Yet the VW shuts the engine off when you open the door, and then you have to immediately start it again to drive away. D-U-M-B.

    I also like the On-Star, believe it or not. I use it often to download directions so I don't have to type all the info into the nav system.

    Oh, I also really like the On-Star Mobile App, which allows me to download directions from my phone, start or unlock the car from a computer, and view the car's vitals instantly.

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    Re: Blistering performance aside, what's your favorite V feature?

    I forgot a great one...

    REV MATCHING downshifts with the auto. Car sounds just NASTY burbling, and popping, sounds like you might see some flames at night! (header, hfc, full exhaust)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TTuned
    I forgot a great one...

    REV MATCHING downshifts with the auto. Car sounds just NASTY burbling, and popping, sounds like you might see some flames at night! (header, hfc, full exhaust)
    And great for the road courses...
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    Re: Blistering performance aside, what's your favorite V feature?

    If "blistering performance" is only referring to the engine, then probably my favorite V feature aside from that is the suspension and steering tuning that was done both here and in Germany. The handling and the magnetic dampers are one of the biggest reasons I bought my V, in addition to the power. It has BOTH, and that's the key. I've driven a couple other Cadillacs and I am seriously not even slightly interested in any of them. They are boaty, floaty, wallowy, and it's really just not my cup of tea.

    The CTS-V, on the other hand, shows a dedication to well rounded performance absent from the rest of Cadillac. They could have shoved the LSA and the auto tranny into a CTS and called it a day, and I never would have bought one. Power is nothing without control. What makes the V so brilliant is the astonishingly good suspension, steering, and the tuning thereof. I love driving this car, I put it in sport and take an onramp, and I can feel exactly what the car is doing. The front end bites, the chassis responds, I can feel the road through the steering wheel, it's awesome. And the faster you drive it, the better it gets. The high speed handling characteristics in this car are amazing, it just keeps getting better the faster you go.

    I don't know how many of you have really pushed your Vs beyond highway speeds, but it is unbelievably rewarding. As you approach triple digit speeds it starts to feel like it's glued to the road, the power delivery has smoothed out so you're not breaking the rear end loose every time you think about stepping on the gas, and it responds quickly and effortlessly. It's at these speeds that it becomes very clear that it was developed on the nurburgring, and it just feels like it's on rails.

    It's even more impressive that it's doing this while carrying ~4300 lbs around. And frankly, it's almost unbelievable that this is an American car. There are so few American cars that really handle well, although they finally seem to have gotten the message over the last few years. But this is definitely one of them. This feels like an M5, a car build specifically around balance and precision, and that is not an easy trick to pull off.

    I still think quality control needs to be improved, but that's for much less important things like creaking sunroofs and rocking recaros, etc. And that's mainly to maintain Cadillac's image as a premier auto maker. The CTS-V is a monster all around performer, and while the engine is awesome and I love it, it's only half the story. I have huge respect for the V engineers who made this car possible because they just nailed it, and convinced me to do what I never in my life imagined I would do, by making their actions speak louder than words:

    I bought a Cadillac. How about that.
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    Re: Blistering performance aside, what's your favorite V feature?

    Thank you, TriTexan, for starting such a good thread! I am very grateful for all the feedback, and so happy to see such V positivity. Thanks, everyone, for taking the time to craft thoughtful responses.

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    Re: Blistering performance aside, what's your favorite V feature?

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    Re: Blistering performance aside, what's your favorite V feature?

    Very well said, Xaqtly. I recently traded a very clean (great truck!!) '08 Yukon Denali in on my '12 CTS-V and several people at work have asked me why I traded such a great SUV on a 'Cadillac' of all cars? I have debadged the car (stealth mode), so I don't think anyone knows it's a V. Of course, most people don't know what a CTS-V is anyway.

    I'm 35 and people at the office think I'm too young to be driving a white Cadillac. I just smile and tell them it's a nice and comfortable car. Little do they know there is a world-class performance sedan sitting in the parking lot that is disguised as a white, sporty looking, Cadillac. I like that.

    Though the word is getting out. A guy in my church community group asked if it was the Cadillac model that is compared to that sports car on the commerical? I said to him, "Oh, you mean the Cadillac being chased by the Ferrari commercial?" He said yes and I said that it was and Ferrari licensed the magnetic suspension technology from GM. He thought that was pretty cool and he's not a car guy at all.

    So, Cadillac stop putting out those cool commercials that are blowing my cover.

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    Re: Blistering performance aside, what's your favorite V feature?

    what are you guys talking about being able to select manuel mode while not in sport mode. On my 12 wagon if i hit the paddle buttons nothing happens. For me the car has to be in sport mode then I hit the paddles and it switches to manuel mode.

    It would be nice to have the car hold a gear but still be in auto mode

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    Re: Blistering performance aside, what's your favorite V feature?

    Quote Originally Posted by Xaqtly View Post
    If "blistering performance" is only referring to the engine, then probably my favorite V feature aside from that is the suspension and steering tuning that was done both here and in Germany. The handling and the magnetic dampers are one of the biggest reasons I bought my V, in addition to the power. It has BOTH, and that's the key. I've driven a couple other Cadillacs and I am seriously not even slightly interested in any of them. They are boaty, floaty, wallowy, and it's really just not my cup of tea.

    The CTS-V, on the other hand, shows a dedication to well rounded performance absent from the rest of Cadillac. They could have shoved the LSA and the auto tranny into a CTS and called it a day, and I never would have bought one. Power is nothing without control. What makes the V so brilliant is the astonishingly good suspension, steering, and the tuning thereof. I love driving this car, I put it in sport and take an onramp, and I can feel exactly what the car is doing. The front end bites, the chassis responds, I can feel the road through the steering wheel, it's awesome. And the faster you drive it, the better it gets. The high speed handling characteristics in this car are amazing, it just keeps getting better the faster you go.

    I don't know how many of you have really pushed your Vs beyond highway speeds, but it is unbelievably rewarding. As you approach triple digit speeds it starts to feel like it's glued to the road, the power delivery has smoothed out so you're not breaking the rear end loose every time you think about stepping on the gas, and it responds quickly and effortlessly. It's at these speeds that it becomes very clear that it was developed on the nurburgring, and it just feels like it's on rails.

    It's even more impressive that it's doing this while carrying ~4300 lbs around. And frankly, it's almost unbelievable that this is an American car. There are so few American cars that really handle well, although they finally seem to have gotten the message over the last few years. But this is definitely one of them. This feels like an M5, a car build specifically around balance and precision, and that is not an easy trick to pull off.

    I still think quality control needs to be improved, but that's for much less important things like creaking sunroofs and rocking recaros, etc. And that's mainly to maintain Cadillac's image as a premier auto maker. The CTS-V is a monster all around performer, and while the engine is awesome and I love it, it's only half the story. I have huge respect for the V engineers who made this car possible because they just nailed it, and convinced me to do what I never in my life imagined I would do, by making their actions speak louder than words:

    I bought a Cadillac. How about that.
    I have to agree on all points. Without the MR suspension it wouldn't have appealed to me at all either. Same story without a decent brake package (yeah, I know there are better ones out there, but the Brembos do pretty well). I was out with a friend today and he really noticed how placid the car was down the highway, but how it really showed its true colors when I put it into a hard turn on an offramp. He was completely amazed by the roadholding ability of the wagon.

    So far, I'm entirely impressed with the suspension. It's amazing over stuff like speed bumps and yet springs to life in sport mode to handle just about anything you can throw at it. Since I've only owned daily drivers (no dedicated track day cars) I'm accustomed to the feel and heft of larger family sized cars. So the feel of this one is at home for me - I'm just not experienced with driving super light, agile cars on a regular basis. But what impresses me is that although I know this is a pretty huge beast, it seems to defy physics at every turn.

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    Re: Blistering performance aside, what's your favorite V feature?

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    Heh, forgot to mention this great feature...
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    Re: Blistering performance aside, what's your favorite V feature?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbsis View Post
    what are you guys talking about being able to select manuel mode while not in sport mode. On my 12 wagon if i hit the paddle buttons nothing happens. For me the car has to be in sport mode then I hit the paddles and it switches to manuel mode.

    It would be nice to have the car hold a gear but still be in auto mode
    When not in sport mode, shifter in drive:

    Press left paddle shifter, car will down shift from 6th to 5th, another press it goes into 4th and so on. Press right paddle and it'll upshift. The gear position indicator light will change from being blacked out, to a red number indicating what gear you are in, and the red "M" will illuminate instead of the red "D", just like when you are in sport mode. If you do nothing, it will upshift on it's own, and go back into non-sport "D" mode, with the gear position blacked out after about 30 seconds.

    Handy if you accelerate lightly and the tranny decides you don't need a downshift, but you decide you'd like one, please...

    Works on my 2011, maybe they changed it in 2012...

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    Interesting info. My car does nothing with paddle input unless the tranny is in Sport mode. Hmmm.

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