My hands-on review of the 2008 CTS
I got to spend some good time in a fleet of 2008 CTSs today, all different levels (FE1, 2 and 3, PFI and DI engines). I hate long posts, so I'll keep it short:
Exterior styling is amazing in person. The rear fender flares look almost cartoonish (in a good way) from the rear 3/4 view. Seriously, it's like a photoshopped picture of a CTS with fender flares. The chrome accents and grill are tasteful, and the panel gaps and fitment are top notch.
Opening and closing the doors, they feel much more solid than before. Not heavier, but there's a real precision to the feel of the hinges and the "whump" you get when closing the door. Interior is stellar, as we've all seen in the pictures. Better room in the backseat by a few inches, and the pop-up nav and 40GB HDD are wicked cool.
Driving it is similar to the current model, but with a more stable feel from the 2in wider track and a slightly smoother ride (probably the Michelins). The steering felt a tad more isolated to me (less road feedback), but wasn't numb. It's a great driving car. Downshifts using the DSC are now accompanied by a nice rev match, as opposed to the lurch forward the current model gives you as the transmission drags the car down in speed. The power felt nice, but I can't really comment on it since my DD is a modded V. Not many cars feel fast to me anymore.
There's a few silly things I didn't like (the red LCD gear indicator and the Ultraview shade), but all in all it's a phenomenal car. An evolution of the current car, improved in almost every way without ruining what made the CTS so great.
Rest in Peace, J.D. (aka Dirt_Cheap_Fleetwood)