: Got a chance to open her up.



06 STS Rob
01-03-13, 01:13 AM
Well, finally got the chance to open up my new V tonight and now I'm even more impressed with this car. Did a couple of standing starts in the industrial park near the house and hit the mountain road that I usually run my sport bike on. This machine really can run. As if I didn't love this car enough...she is every bit the car I was hoping for. Thank you Cadillac for getting it right.

carter's_sts
01-03-13, 11:06 AM
They are fun. My favorite thing to do is to put young punks in their Subarus, with their loud exhaust and huge spoilers, in their place.

Makes me laugh every time.

Jailtime
01-03-13, 07:56 PM
This thread makes me sad. My V is sleeping the winter away in the garage. You are right that these cars can flat out run, I love the way they jump off the line.

06 STS Rob
01-04-13, 12:32 AM
About the only benefit to living in California these days is the weather. When the rest of the b.s. laws and regulations keep trying to bring us down, I can at least get in my car and rip her around to put a smile on my face...even in the dead of winter.
I love to hear the sc when you really stand on it. Looking at doing the D3 intake and tune for a little extra power. TimmyC is just too far away.

PGA2B
01-04-13, 02:00 AM
The Spectre is cheaper, or Tim also makes one.

V-whip
01-04-13, 01:14 PM
I took this vid about a month or so ago, hope you guys like it! You can hear that I couldn’t completely lay it down in the beginning because it was a little too cold but I think 25-100MPH in 9-10 seconds is pretty quick for a full sized caddy! Lots of fun to drive!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hammfYqGV_s

Jailtime
01-04-13, 07:17 PM
I took this vid about a month or so ago, hope you guys like it! You can hear that I couldn’t completely lay it down in the beginning because it was a little too cold but I think 25-100MPH in 9-10 seconds is pretty quick for a full sized caddy!

Your V sounds mean. What mods do you have?

V-whip
01-05-13, 10:59 PM
60lb siemen injectors, intake, snakebite SC rebuild, trans rebuild from RPM and tune, hollowed cats, magnaflow exhaust with X pipe, custom heat exchange, and a few other lil things.

originalgarage
01-06-13, 11:41 PM
i just got my '08 as well and it is a joy to drive. i'm still a little intimidated by the low end power (i've never owned a "fast" car before) but have got it going pretty fast on some open freeway. it pulls no matter what speed you start at. crazy.

how was it through the twisties? all of my other cars are lowered with various levels of performance suspension, so the stock suspension doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in me. i haven't pushed it in anything but a striaght line (with plenty of room in all directions just in case).

06 STS Rob
01-07-13, 01:36 PM
i just got my '08 as well and it is a joy to drive. i'm still a little intimidated by the low end power (i've never owned a "fast" car before) but have got it going pretty fast on some open freeway. it pulls no matter what speed you start at. crazy.

how was it through the twisties? all of my other cars are lowered with various levels of performance suspension, so the stock suspension doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in me. i haven't pushed it in anything but a striaght line (with plenty of room in all directions just in case).

It hooked up through every turn without much understear at all. I expected it to feel heavy but it didn't. I know the road I was on very well and pushed it pretty good... The only thing that made me lift was the lack of feeling stable in the seat. I sat in the CTS V gen 2 and didn't like the race car feel of the seats but I understand the need. I still love the way the car feels on a daily basis so I wouldn't change them.
My car came with new Oem perrelli run flats and they stayed hooked up as well.
The tranny could use some help if you were to really want to "race" this car around. In sport mode it didn't shift well and the delay when shifting in manual mode will take some getting used to.
Over all, the baddest car I have ever personally owned.

YoungBlood_STSV
01-07-13, 04:09 PM
i just got my '08 as well and it is a joy to drive. i'm still a little intimidated by the low end power (i've never owned a "fast" car before) but have got it going pretty fast on some open freeway. it pulls no matter what speed you start at. crazy.

how was it through the twisties? all of my other cars are lowered with various levels of performance suspension, so the stock suspension doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in me. i haven't pushed it in anything but a striaght line (with plenty of room in all directions just in case).


It hooked up through every turn without much understear at all. I expected it to feel heavy but it didn't. I know the road I was on very well and pushed it pretty good... The only thing that made me lift was the lack of feeling stable in the seat. I sat in the CTS V gen 2 and didn't like the race car feel of the seats but I understand the need. I still love the way the car feels on a daily basis so I wouldn't change them.
My car came with new Oem perrelli run flats and they stayed hooked up as well.
The tranny could use some help if you were to really want to "race" this car around. In sport mode it didn't shift well and the delay when shifting in manual mode will take some getting used to.
Over all, the baddest car I have ever personally owned.

The stock suspension was developed by the GM Performance Division on the Nürburgring. It will hold its own without a problem. You will probably back off before it reaches it limits because taking turns at the speed this thing is capable, weighing north of 4,600lbs, makes you think it defies physics. As you said, you'll be sliding out of the seat by that point... It will inevitably under-steer, more so if you set your front tires PSI lower than the rears (as is recommended by GM). Equaling them out will cut down the under-steer a little. The OEM Pirelli's are decent tires for grip, but give an awful ride and are really expensive. I think the most popular tire here is the Continental DW and DWS depending on your location (summer vs all-season). They're surely the most bang for the buck and I'm probably on track to get 50k miles out of my front tires (rear's will only last 30...but that's my fault). Michelin Pilot Sport Plus A/S is a very grippy tire - more so than the Conti's but they command a premium and don't last as long. As for the transmission - There's no doubt that Cadillac knew this was a luxury car before it was a sports car. The delay in manual shifting is hard to get used to. Jesse Bubb at Wait4Me tuning has developed a wonderfully balanced transmission algorithm. Its smooth as butter in D, a bit firmer in sD and the shifts are faster and firmer still in manual mode. It also lets you short shift into 6th faster for improved mileage if you're putting around town and allows starts in 1st 2nd or 3rd gear (helpful if you get caught in snow).

Hope you guys both enjoy the car to its fullest, get it on a track one day!!

06 STS Rob
01-07-13, 10:07 PM
My Pop's and I will be hitting the track again soon. We took his C6 grand sport last year with my uncle and his srt caliber that he named the "drag-on wagon".
We got the stock Vette on stock tires to cut 13.0 but just as we started feeling good about it, my uncle ripped an 11.98 out of the highly modified wagon on slicks....
I want to get the stock time before doing any mods. I don't plan on doing much, just want to open up the breathing and a tuner. Not sure about doing any road coursing with her but my Pop is dying to get his GS on one considering that is what it was built to do.

I thought this car weighs in at 4230lbs Youngblood?

YoungBlood_STSV
01-08-13, 02:18 PM
I thought this car weighs in at 4230lbs Youngblood?

4,343 or 4,233lbs depending on what's being quoted. Add a tank of gas and me @ 170lbs and my car is 4,670lbs... plus an umbrella.

06 STS Rob
01-08-13, 07:34 PM
^^^
True...true

V-whip
01-09-13, 10:08 PM
Is there a specific temperature that our cars should run at? I posted a YouTube video on this thread and someone mentioned, (in the comment section on YouTube), that I made that run with a cold car... That is about as warm as my car gets.

YoungBlood_STSV
01-10-13, 11:47 AM
Is there a specific temperature that our cars should run at? I posted a YouTube video on this thread and someone mentioned, (in the comment section on YouTube), that I made that run with a cold car... That is about as warm as my car gets.

That was me...I said it because I noticed your coolant gauge was still low. You're coolant gauge doesn't go past 7 o'clock? Mine sits just below the halfway point and the coolant gets to about 80*C (175F) and my oil levels off at 182-190*F. When my gauge is as low as yours is in the video my oil is probably around the 100* mark. Still too thick, in my opinion, for WOT.

Just read your response on YouTube...What are you using as coolant to keep the gauge so low? I know basing things off a stupid gauge with no numbers on it isn't the most reliable thing to do, but I've never had my gauge stay that low, even in 29* ambient temperatures. (I'm assuming here the gauges are calibrated the same way. I guess what I should be asking is what were your oil temps.) If that was after 60 miles of driving then you were certainly warm. Also, hollowed cats FTW.

V-whip
01-10-13, 12:46 PM
Thanks for the response YoungBlood. Yeah, my temp gauge never really gets too far above where it sat in the video. It may be because of the additional heat exchange that is on it or just because the gauge is off. The coolant is whatever kind of coolant that was in it when I bought it last October and its pink, not sure if its Zerex, Spectrum etc...
The good news is, regardless of where the temp gauge sits, the oil temp is always between 180-186. I would never make a WOT run unless I was at full operating temps. Your response about the coolant temp made me a little nervous though. lol Thanks for looking out!

TimmyC
01-10-13, 07:31 PM
4,343 or 4,233lbs depending on what's being quoted. Add a tank of gas and me @ 170lbs and my car is 4,670lbs... plus an umbrella.

Mine was 4400 with me (160) and 1/2 tank minus the rear seat bottom. 4480 with a completely full tank and full interior. Different scales on different days. Hopefully the scale you used was off because I don't want to think these things are that heavy!

06 STS Rob
01-10-13, 10:01 PM
Man....you guys are lite!
I weigh in at 205 on my best day. Of course I'm over 6' tall so I wouldn't consider myself fat, but I may need an extra 15hp to push my heavy butt down the track.