: Generation 1 vs Generation 2

09-05-10, 01:13 PM
Hi Everyone,

I'm looking for an indept comparison between the Gen1 and Gen2 CTSv. Is it really worth the extra money for a second Gen? I want to see if someone can compare the features. I.e. auto tilting mirrors in reverse are not available in Gen2.

09-05-10, 01:20 PM
The only reason I traded in my 2005 CTS-V for a 2009 CTS-V was to get the automatic transmission.

09-05-10, 02:29 PM
Once the lease on my V1 is up I will be looking to get into a V2. In my opinion after driving both there is no comparison.

There are several thread on this topic, they are very different cars.

09-05-10, 03:24 PM
If you were an F-4 Phantom II pilot would you want to upgrade to an F-15C Eagle ?

The Black Dahlia
09-05-10, 05:25 PM
They are completely different cars. I wasnt drooling over V1's, but am now obsessed and sexually attracted to the V2's. The V2 has all of the features of the V1 plus a ton more. Recaros, Suede Steering Wheel/Shift knob, cooled seats, Pop-up Nav, 40Gig HD, USB/iPod control, etc. etc. etc.

Oh ya, and did I mention 556 Horsepower? :)

09-05-10, 07:26 PM
Apples to oranges. Go drive both and you will have your answer. Its not even close.

09-06-10, 11:37 AM
thanks for the responses... ill drive them both and see :)

09-07-10, 10:27 AM
I traded in my 2005 CTS-V for a 2009 CTS-V. The others have covered the obvious differences, but to me the LS6 in the 2005 "V" sounded much better than the LSA in the 2009+, probably due to the LSA's supercharger muffling some of the great high performance V8 sound. Also, the optional Recaro front seats are vastly superior to the V1's unsupportive, slip and slide buckets and the V2's TR-6060 manual transmission is a big improvement over the V1's transmission.


09-07-10, 11:03 AM
there is no comparison, night and day, even if you supercharge the v1 there is not a comparison. My brother has a SC v1 and he still likes my car. Granted his is faster... for now.

Once you drive both you will realize.

09-07-10, 01:56 PM
Huh? Trick question right? Gotta be.

09-07-10, 04:36 PM
Huh? Trick question right? Gotta be.


09-07-10, 04:57 PM
To me there is absolutely no comparison between the two cars. The Gen 2 car is a far superior car in all shapes and forms. The V2 is a completely new car from the ground up. No match in ride quality, interior, exterior, power and performance. I've owed a V1 before I got my V2.

09-07-10, 11:25 PM
The V2 has all of the features of the V1 plus a ton more.

Well, not necessarily. While I would agree that the options/drawbacks it doesn't have as compared to the V1 might not be all that significant, there are some things that make me go, "DUH GM." For instance, the information display is far superior in the V1, the sunroof often squeaks much less, etc.

Most of the time, things like these aren't very significant to most, compared to what you get in return, but it's something to consider.

I'd say the single biggest "advantage" between the two versions is that the V2 will probably give you significantly less MPG. It's much heavier and the motor is far more powerful. Odds are, you're going to get much less MPG in the V2.

Granted, I don't think it's wise to put a lot of emphasis on this concern when purchasing a V in the first place, but I don't think it necessarily fair to say there is no drawback whatsoever to go to the V2 from the V1, there is.

Ultimately though, the above replies state the truth; they are significantly different cars, with the V2 being so much superior to the V1, it's not even funny.

09-08-10, 03:48 AM
Either you want a car that is awesome, or you want a V1.

09-08-10, 08:45 AM
Get a V2. If you don't like it, you can give it to me and I'll give you my 05. :)