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Cadillac XTS Forum Discussion, DTS vs XTS -comparable handling ? in Current Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; If this is a 'repeat' question, i apologize in advance: We have a FWD DTS ''premium' '10/non-MRC. If you've taken ...
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    DTS vs XTS -comparable handling ?

    If this is a 'repeat' question, i apologize in advance:
    We have a FWD DTS ''premium' '10/non-MRC.
    If you've taken a test drive in the FWD XTS (with MRC) how does the steering/tourque-pull compare between the two cars? I was told that all FWD have 'torque-pull' .
    I'm more concerned with the road-feel/steering connection to the road/tourque-pull that happens with a FWD since the DTS and XTS are FWD.
    thanks in advance

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    Re: DTS vs XTS -comparable handling ?

    I have driven the XTS Platinum and while I have not owned a DTS, I have own and have owned other FWD cars. I did not find any noticeable pull under normal driving on streets or the expressway. It actually felt and handled better than my current STS (which I really like). IMHO it is a non-issue. I do have a Platinum XTS on order.

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    Re: DTS vs XTS -comparable handling ?

    Hopefully it is better. If not, that's a real problem. The DTS can be a real handful re: torque steer off the line...
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    Get an AWD model. It would be much better...

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    Re: DTS vs XTS -comparable handling ?

    From the small amount of seat time I had with the XTS, I handled much better than any previous FWD Cadillac. It also rode a little bit harsher; think Seville STS instead of DTS when it comes to the ride/handling, though the XTS can easily outhandle the Seville.

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    Re: DTS vs XTS -comparable handling ?

    The XTS is definitely a better handler than even the DTS Performance model. Very managable torque steer. I also agree, AWD helps in this regard even if it is FWD biased. My AWD Lincoln (FWD biased) , with a lot more power and torque has almost zero torque steer. I found the AWD XTS to be quite similar.

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    Re: DTS vs XTS -comparable handling ?

    isn't the whole idea behind the Hi-Per struts to cut down on the torque steer?
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    As for ride, the XTS is on Goodyear RSAs. A real compromise for anyone wanting a smooth ride.

    If I ever got a livery version(W20) XTS, those bricks would be off before I got home...

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    Re: DTS vs XTS -comparable handling ?

    The XTS I was in had noticeable torque steer when the other person driving floored it from a dead stop. The wheel was tugging like crazy. I was disappointed because I thought that was why GM had developed Hi-Per Strut.

    bigjimsho I have those Goodyears on my Bimmer right now and they not only ride like crap but are noisy as hell. They're coming off very soon. I believe those were the same tires that were standard on the early Seville's and that's where all the vibrations complaints would start from. Horrible tires.
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    Re: DTS vs XTS -comparable handling ?

    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post
    As for ride, the XTS is on Goodyear RSAs. A real compromise for anyone wanting a smooth ride.

    If I ever got a livery version(W20) XTS, those bricks would be off before I got home...
    Well, the Bridgestones on the Platinums aren't any better. There's a reason STONE is part of the name.

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    Re: DTS vs XTS -comparable handling ?

    double post

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    Re: DTS vs XTS -comparable handling ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ryannel2003 View Post
    The XTS I was in had noticeable torque steer when the other person driving floored it from a dead stop. The wheel was tugging like crazy. I was disappointed because I thought that was why GM had developed Hi-Per Strut.

    bigjimsho I have those Goodyears on my Bimmer right now and they not only ride like crap but are noisy as hell. They're coming off very soon. I believe those were the same tires that were standard on the early Seville's and that's where all the vibrations complaints would start from. Horrible tires.
    They were the "performance tires" on my father's '95 Lumina Z34. They sucked royally then. Anytime C&D did a test of a car with those tires on them, they'd crucify both Goodyear and the automaker who chose to use them. The fact they're on the XTS disturbs me greatly...

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    Re: DTS vs XTS -comparable handling ?

    I think RS-As were on my '99 Grand Prix GTP -- TERRIBLE tires. I didn't drive it hard, and I bet they didn't last 30K miles. I replaced them w/comparable BF Goodrich for probably 3/4 the price (or less) and double the treadlife...
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    Re: DTS vs XTS -comparable handling ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ryannel2003 View Post
    From the small amount of seat time I had with the XTS, I handled much better than any previous FWD Cadillac. It also rode a little bit harsher; think Seville STS instead of DTS when it comes to the ride/handling, though the XTS can easily outhandle the Seville.
    Well, that's very disappointing to hear. Curious to find out how much improvement could be had with better tires. To me, Cadillac ride quality in this model should be its strong point.

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