Probably a typical guy/car relationship from lust, to love, to whatever, to hate. I had two early CTS-V's (2004, 2005) that were relative nightmares for me. No need to replay all that as the "long-timers" know the story already and newbies don't need to hear all that shiz replayed. I'm actually the second member on the CTS-FAQ site just to show how long I've been around. After my relationship with my first gen' V's soured I switched to an '06 SRT8. I must say that I liked the size of the SRT8 as it fit me better, but it always lacked the handling of the V1's. The first '06 SRT8 (yes I had two) stayed relatively stock, the second '06 SRT8? Well, I spent the next 6 years and just over $30K trying to make my SRT8 into...........well frankly a V1 and then a V2. I ended up with a 643rwhp SRT8 with full suspension upgrades that unfortunately still couldn't keep up with a V1/V2 in the corners but could dust both in the straight aways. Hardly the reward that I'd hoped for.
I waited patiently for the used V2 prices to become reasonable and read up on what was being done to up the power. Amazingly the power to dollar ratio was/is stupid cheap on these V2's. Then I finally found my V2.......nearly in my back yard. A white diamond 2010 sedan with every option and the dealer made me an offer I couldn't refuse. The plan was to learn how to drive the CTS-V at the limit and then begin adding the power as I felt comfortable. Well I can tell you that I had no idea, that I had no idea. These cars handle soooo much better than I thought that I'm probably still only pushing it at 85%. I've only experienced one four wheel drift to date, and certainly not for lack of trying.
Now, after 3 months of ownership, 5,000 total miles and 600 miles on the new mod's (606rwhp/611rwtq) I am simply amazed at what these cars can do. The fact that the transmission and rear diff' can handle another 100hp/100tq and not need upgrading is testimony to the engineering. My SRT8 sounded like a racecar because it had to, to make the HP. It road like shiz because it had to, to be able to handle in the corners. It cost me $30K because I had to upgrade the shortblock, transmission, rear diff, add a cam, etc. to get the power to what a CTS-V will deliver with a pulley change, bigger HX and tune. That's just nucking futs!
So in closing and "coming clean".....if the SRT8 is a good car....and it is......then the CTS-V is an incredible car. It delivers over 600hp/tq with minimal upgrades and doesn't sound or feel like a racecar. What a car......what an incredible car!
Now if the GM rep' is reading this, the preceding is a story about my cousin's car as I have not modded my car in anyway that would affect my warranty.