: First long drive in the V was great!



DCV
05-12-13, 10:34 PM
I did a 1200 mile round trip this weekend for mothers day, combination of highway, interstate, and two lane country roads. I played with the suspension, the Recaro seats, the competition mode and had a great time. I was cruising I-79 at an easy 100 for a while and she still pulled in 6 th gear! Then some backroads on RT-33 across the mountains and meadows for a great trip. I recommend all V owners take a long drive in their V at some point, but get off the interstate and try the two lane country roads and byways.

Random84
05-12-13, 11:18 PM
Did the same (only about 400 miles though). Car was brand new last week, so I quadrupled the total mileage on the car - it's like I could see the depreciation clicking off with every mile! :D

thebigjimsho
05-13-13, 05:22 PM
1200 miles? That's not so bad, I guess. That's more like a healthy day, to me...

Zhariak
05-13-13, 06:07 PM
It's true...

I've done Calgary -> Vernon -> Kelowna -> Vancouver -> Calgary last summer. Beautiful drive.

Once you get the Recaro's config'd the way you want it feels amazing. Vehicle performs great for both cruisin and "spirited" driving!

dennych
05-14-13, 03:37 AM
I'm probably going to take a trip up the 1 sometime from socal to nor nor cal :)

Q80
05-14-13, 04:25 AM
Thats something we're lacking in Kuwait, the back roads! I am truly jealous sir

veloce
05-14-13, 12:45 PM
Did 1900 mi. trip from Denver to Phoenix and back in April with my wife and it was great. Ran 80 to 85 most of the way with 20 mpg ( to be expected ). My wife found the car very comfortable with no excitement passes around 4 cars and a semi in the mountains. My 13 CTS-V Coupe is a big step up from my 04 which I loved and put 153,000 mi on. Jeff

DCV
05-14-13, 04:05 PM
Carving turns at 100 or a bit more (no other traffic present) in the V was super fun, and relaxing. My previous car was a Nismo Z that was a great turn carver with all the down force but just lacked the balls to get up and really get going. I had to remind myself to back off some and that the V is a sports sedan, not a sports car. The V easily could slaughter the Nismo is most cases, except for the tighter stuff at high speed. Temps were not optimal either, as it was only just about 50 or so. I may take a run up to and around Gettysburg this weekend as thee are some great roads that run along the ridges and across the mountains up that way.

vfaninva
05-14-13, 11:21 PM
DCV - What roads would you recommend? I like getting away from the crowded, pothole filled highways.
Thanks, John

V-swagon
05-14-13, 11:27 PM
I'm planning on doing the whole Hot Rod Power Tour at the end of the month in my 11 V wagon. I'll be leaving Ohio to head to TX to NC and back home in a week. It'll be a long week but worth it.

DCV
05-15-13, 12:37 AM
DCV - What roads would you recommend? I like getting away from the crowded, pothole filled highways.

I go to google earth and look for two lane roads that go across or parallel the east coast mountain ridges back around here. I stay away from the published roads due to cops, squids on bikes, and ricers with fart pipes. So I avoid the dragon and roads like that. A really great road is RT-33 from Harrisburgh in Va all the way to Elkins wv. Great road, good pavement, not much traffic. Then rt-20 or RT-60 in Wv and lots others all tucked away in the mountains. On my next drive I'll get a go pro camera and take videos.

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DCV - What roads would you recommend? I like getting away from the crowded, pothole filled highways.

I go to google earth and look for two lane roads that go across or parallel the east coast mountain ridges back around here. I stay away from the published roads due to cops, squids on bikes, and ricers with fart pipes. So I avoid the dragon and roads like that. A really great road is RT-33 from Harrisburgh in Va all the way to Elkins wv. Great road, good pavement, not much traffic. Then rt-20 or RT-60 in Wv and lots others all tucked away in the mountains. On my next drive I'll get a go pro camera and take videos.

thebigjimsho
05-15-13, 12:56 AM
Do you ever use Google earth?

vfaninva
05-15-13, 04:43 PM
DCV, Thanks for the info!

the blur
05-15-13, 08:18 PM
The V is amazing at 110 MPH on a wide open highway. It feels perfectly safe, 100% stable. and you can just cruise and cruise very comfortable. My biggest fear is hand cuffs.

JFJr
05-15-13, 10:26 PM
The V is amazing at 110 MPH on a wide open highway. It feels perfectly safe, 100% stable. and you can just cruise and cruise very comfortable. My biggest fear is hand cuffs.

It's even stable at higher speeds. Other cars should be so lucky. What is great is the effortless performance at any speed. I guess that's the Cadillac characteristic and it's appreciated on long trips.

Jud

DCV
05-16-13, 09:31 AM
The V is amazing at 110 MPH on a wide open highway. I

I had it to 110 for a few miles, and wussed out going any faster.....but it sure wanted to keep going. The V is like a fast frigate or small destroyer.....I think I need to explore anything much above that speed at the track. I got popped for a ticket in the Nismo back in October....70 in a 35.....I bought the V to get a more stealth look and so far so good, things with big wings like the Z draw cops and no forgivenes...but 4 door sedans not so much.

Here is a great link to the road I mentioned...

http://www.motorcycleroads.us/roads/wv_us33.html

vfaninva
05-27-13, 03:13 PM
I took a drive yesterday intending to run some of the twisty roads through Shenandoah Nat'l Park (if you have ever been there you know how beautiful it is, if you haven't, I would highly recommend it!). Not surprisingly when I arrived there was quite a line of folks waiting to get in. Because of the crowd I knew that any spirited driving was out of the question. Anyways, I found a short section of SR-33 nearby that runs about 6-7 miles. This is some really twisty, curvy, well maintained asphalt with steep grades up/down. Speed limits posted range anywhere between 20-55 mph with most on the lower end. There was very little traffic through the area and I only got into it when there weren't any other vehicles around. This was the first time I was able to really test my V coupe! I would like to say how fast I got her going but I was too busy watching the road. Suffice it to say there was some squealing of tires and a little bit of back end swinging. Despite the weight I was SO impressed by this cars performance! I have never driven a car that accelerates, brakes, and handles so well. That little section of road was so good I that I ran through it about a half dozen or so times before putting on some relaxing music and heading home.

MPNX2
05-27-13, 03:21 PM
I have some road trips planned this year with the family. Leaving So Cal desert for cooler weather at the end of June to head to San Francisco to visit Alcatraz. Then in September we are heading to Tennessee to see Graceland with a bunch if stops along the way like the grand canyon, Winslow crater, etc. just ordered my Escort Redline radar detector so I am all set....

DCV
05-27-13, 03:25 PM
Hi
Glad you liked it, I know which section you are describing and its a great road. Its even better to go all the way to Elkins. Not much traffic on it and I agree the V is a great twisty road car, not just a cruiser. Going to sport suspension setting and competition mode on the TC and its a whole different car. Then you can just cruise home after the twists.

vfaninva
05-27-13, 03:50 PM
Hi
Glad you liked it, I know which section you are describing and its a great road. Its even better to go all the way to Elkins. Not much traffic on it and I agree the V is a great twisty road car, not just a cruiser. Going to sport suspension setting and competition mode on the TC and its a whole different car. Then you can just cruise home after the twists.

Great advice, thanks again! Yeah I did put it in comp mode with sport suspension. Really held the road great!

IBMike
05-28-13, 02:09 AM
Posts like this make waiting harder & harder! :cool2:

tdyguy2k
05-28-13, 05:39 AM
My wife and I just got back from a two week vacation where the second week was a long road trip. We spent a week in Va. Beach, then left and headed to Jacksonville Fl. Then across to Pensacola, Mobile, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and up to Natchez Ms.. We followed the Natchez Trace Parkway up to Nashville. The parkway was a great ride, 444 miles of two lane road with nearly perfect asphalt. Only problem is the speed limit of 50 mph, with extremely hefty fines if caught speeding. Finished it off with the Nashville to Columbus Oh leg to come home. All totaled was about 3300 miles.

Thunder Gray STS
05-28-13, 09:15 AM
I have some road trips planned this year with the family. Leaving So Cal desert for cooler weather at the end of June to head to San Francisco to visit Alcatraz. Then in September we are heading to Tennessee to see Graceland with a bunch if stops along the way like the grand canyon, Winslow crater, etc. just ordered my Escort Redline radar detector so I am all set....
I live in the Memphis area. Be cautious where you stay.

MPNX2
05-28-13, 11:18 AM
I live in the Memphis area. Be cautious where you stay.

We are staying at the Westin Beale Street.Its address is 170 Lt. George W. Lee Ave.How is that neighborhood?

Thunder Gray STS
05-28-13, 11:49 AM
We are staying at the Westin Beale Street.Its address is 170 Lt. George W. Lee Ave.How is that neighborhood?

That's fine. Just don't go south of the Gibson Guitar Factory. Watch out for the pan handlers around Beale St. I just tell them that as much taxes as I have to pay, only one of us can afford to get drunk, sorry. If you are staying for a couple of days expect your cholesterol to increase 50 pts and your weight 10 lbs. Unless you are a vegan.

MPNX2
05-28-13, 01:03 PM
That's fine. Just don't go south of the Gibson Guitar Factory. Watch out for the pan handlers around Beale St. I just tell them that as much taxes as I have to pay, only one of us can afford to get drunk, sorry. If you are staying for a couple of days expect your cholesterol to increase 50 pts and your weight 10 lbs. Unless you are a vegan.

Sorry not a vegan guess I will have to deal with the weight gain....lol...we will be there 3 days..anything that is something that shouldn't be missed...I will probably go see the ducks at the Peabody...then Graceland..

Thunder Gray STS
05-28-13, 01:08 PM
Yes several things, hate to hijack this thread though. Can you receive PMs?

MPNX2
05-28-13, 02:34 PM
Yes several things, hate to hijack this thread though. Can you receive PMs?

Sent you a Pm

kameau
05-28-13, 02:57 PM
I took the Coupe on a nice trip from Florida to Gatlinburg, what a great trip. Loved the way the car handled the roads, nothing like being behind the wheel of a car that can get your heart racing. I've had her up to 165 mph and she still wanted to run.