So I know a lot of you will probably drag the cursor over the title to scour what the topic will be about before opening. Well, I hate to ruin it for you guys but you'll have to actually open this topic...
So I got to drive a new CTS-V at Monticello Motor Club today. And it was still wet even though the rain held off. OldRoadDawg was awesome enough to send me an invite and it was a fun time. But about the CTS-V.
Yeah, I don't want the manual.
Because the automatic royally kicks ass. Seriously. I mean, I've driven car rentals that had el cheapo manumatic shifting and I don't know why. I mean, what's the point?
I've always been harping on manual shifting but really, I just want full control and I thought I'd have to wait for a Ferrari type 2 pedal shift. But the CTS-V automatic is very good. VERY good. we took the CTS-V on the North course. We started with regular CTSs on a tiny loop and that was a good warm-up. Our last sessions were with XLR-Vs on a bigger loop and I must say, I really enjoyed how lively those cars were. The power was excellent even if the manumatic feature wasn't as good as the CTS-V.
As for how the new CTS-V drives, it's true you deal feel the added heft when behind the wheel at first. But the car just grips and grips in the corners. I had 2 very nice women in the V who each drove 2 laps first, with an instructor in the front passenger street. 1 lap to practice and then 1 at higher speeds. When it was my turn, the ladies decided to step out and it was myself and the instructor. Since I could see the track first, i got some good speed on warmup and the instructor trusted me to dig deep. On the backstretch of the North course, I was deep into 4th and we waited until the last second to brake...and it was still not late enough. Those huge brakes will make the V1s brakes look inferior. And that's saying something.
After the frontstraight, you have a tight right uphill with a very tight left-right to a long, sweeping righthander. The V was very turnable and even tossable through that quick S. And the V is indeed sneaky fast. It's one thing to say it, it's another thing to feel it. It's a definitive departure from the thrust and hard visceral edge of the V1, but this V is going to appeal to gearheads and the casual funseeker. With R-compounds and more aggressive pads, I can't imagine.
The V is good enough that I'd think long and hard of trading in the V1 if it came down to that.
And the throttle blip on the automatic will make anyone look like Andy Pilgrim. You'd have to be a master of heel and toe to even come close. When I told Andy I may have to forego the ego and get an automatic, he said I should. And he said he would do the same, as well. High praise if I do say so.
Monticello is an uber first-class facility and it's not even fully built yet. Their temporary clubhouses put to shame most track's permanent ones. I don't think I would say it's as good as VIR for track layout but it's close. And the facilities will blow VIR away when finished. And maybe they'll have signs for the track. They don't yet. And it was a bitch to find.
I had to get up at 3AM to make it down in time this morning. And I'm tired now. But man, was it ever worth it! Thanks again OldRoadDawg!!!