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Hey all,

I own a modded 2010 CTS-V in manual. I've been considering the Vsport as they have depreciated. I love my V but I'm getting 11mpgs and with my daily commute, the idea of slapping something in drive and moving along in traffic is becoming more and more appealing. I might hold out for the ATS-V, but wanted to get some thoughts from owners of the Vsport. It would sort of be my higher luxury/tech and more pedestrian choice, but still has adequate power. I haven't had the opportunity to drive one yet. I also just picked up an ATS 3.6L premium for my wife and happy with the newer Cadillac features. Hers is fully loaded so I'm very familiar with the technology that is used on both platforms. I've sat in the new CTS at the dealer and a big car guy, so very familiar with the specs.

Performance:
- How is the power delivery in the Vsport? Do the turbos thump with power or feel more linear and progressive?
- For those with tunes, is it pretty transformative?
- Does the steering match the chassis well? I've heard it's great but any color would be helpful. (The V was my first sedan, always been a sports car guy)

Engine/Efficiency:
- How does the engine behave at idle? (Our ATS sometimes has a bit of a rough idle)
- What MPGs are you seeing?

Reliability:
- Any issues with the car? We have had a few on the ATS related to quality (warrantied a few items: CUE screen developed some odd pattern of glue behind the screen, illuminated door handle went out, paddle shifter that fell off)
- Any mechanical issues with those who have modded the car?


I'd likely keep things stock for a bit but probably do a tune and open things up a little if it made sense. I've never owned an automatic car, so for me it's more a daily driver that would be capable enough to still have fun on backroads and in turns. I feel like my CTS-V is a bit on the bigger side, so not too sure yet if the new CTS will be "too big" for me. I really do like the size of the ATS but I like the presence of the CTS and the Vsport powerplant. Thanks in advance.
 

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i think i may be a good person to reply to this. as a former owner of 2 corvette Z06 cars i can honestly say this car is way more fun for me in a lot of ways.
its so much easier to get in and out of, it is so much more quiet and comfy.
it has nearly every feature a stingray has.
and as for performance, i have the trifecta and i can honestly say this car feels almost every bit as fast as my Z06 was
couldn't agree more on the automatic transmission. i loved driving stick but grew tired of it.
just get in and go!
personally i don't see 1 single thing you'll feel like your giving up unless you like buying gas. i have been getting 30 mpg highway and about 18-20 in town.
but the car has major balls when i want it.
you don't need to wait for them used to afford one. i paid 52k for my premium v sport brand new. that better than used prices are going for.
if you want a lower payment get a 2015 and lease it.
 

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Couldn't agree more with cospilot. I have my M5 sitting in my driveway now cause its more fun & economical to drive this. Put it in track mode at a stop sign and hit the pedal and the response is amazing.

Like you mentioned I have noticed it idles inconsistently at random (rare occurrences) like your ATS probably does. I will bring that to the attention of my Cadillac service manager.

Gas is averaging 400 miles to a full tank. The ride is quiet and smooth even on 20" wheels & Michelin PS.

Rough start in the morning, I had one issue with the CUE and the HD signal i believe. It can be unresponsive at times but also very rarely and by unresponsive i mean it lags a milli second when you press the button.

Good luck and hope to see you in one, post pics if you make the purchase.
 

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I agree with the others. I have the Trifecta tune and truly does transform the car. I also have a 2013 Corvette Grand Sport and the Vsport is more responsive and might very well be quicker in the qtr mile. Mileage is a constant 21mpg. As a DD it is comfy, luxurious and a blast to drive.
 

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i think i may be a good person to reply to this. as a former owner of 2 corvette Z06 cars i can honestly say this car is way more fun for me in a lot of ways.
its so much easier to get in and out of, it is so much more quiet and comfy.
it has nearly every feature a stingray has.
and as for performance, i have the trifecta and i can honestly say this car feels almost every bit as fast as my Z06 was
couldn't agree more on the automatic transmission. i loved driving stick but grew tired of it.
just get in and go!
personally i don't see 1 single thing you'll feel like your giving up unless you like buying gas. i have been getting 30 mpg highway and about 18-20 in town.
but the car has major balls when i want it.
you don't need to wait for them used to afford one. i paid 52k for my premium v sport brand new. that better than used prices are going for.
if you want a lower payment get a 2015 and lease it.
I agree completely with this assessment. Traded my 2012 Z06 3LZ and could not be happier with that decision.
 

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Performance:
-Power is there in abundance - HOWEVER, on the highway, you have to work to extract it. If you do, it will oh, so reward you!
-I have a tune but it's so much power I returned to stock because it scares me.
-Steering and chassis are a work of art - I LOVE the feeling of the road in this car. I LOVE putting it in track mode and taking back roads to work. It's nothing but joy!

Engine/Efficiency:
- Car starts off with a "scary" growl, but then settles after a few seconds. I LOVE this feature. I wish the growl stayed on because it reminds of a V8.
- 20 MPG mixed city/highway.

Reliability: Flawless so far with 20K miles

The biggest area of concern is the tranny. On the highway with traffic, it's not flexible. Even in track mode, it won't know to abruptly downshift when I need it to.
So what I do is use the manual mode to shift gears myself. So when I am getting ready to overtake, I downshift to 4th or 5th (or sometimes 3rd) and off I fly.
I believe ATS-V (and CTS-V) will not have this issue because they have the new GM 8-speed from the Vette.

If you are going to consider ATS-V, I would also consider M3 and the new C63 (V8!). The Vsport was ahead of its time when it was first launched, but the Germans are catching up!
 
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