The Ultimate Daily Driver

Have you ever picked a movie to watch that you knew nothing about and had no expectations only to be surprised by how good it was and that it was one of the best movies you’ve seen all year? Well, that’s the case with the 3rd Generation Cadillac CTS-V for myself. Sure I knew it had 640hp but for some reason, I really wasn’t expecting too much from a 4 door Caddy, especially on a high speed race track like Road America.

Cadillac has always had a place in our family. I can remember being a kid riding in the back of my grandpa’s Fleetwood choking down fumes from his cigar as we floated down the streets. Later on my dad owned a couple of Caddys, a coupe de ville which I got as a hand me down and a DTS. While I loved these cars and still do, they couldn’t be anymore different than todays caddys, especially this CTS-V. The new generation Cadillacs are now performers and gone are the floaty boaty cars of the past. One thing that hasn’t changed though is their commitment to quality and excellence. This thing just feels well put together like all the other Cadillacs I’ve driven.

On the street, the CTS-V is right at home and a real joy to drive. The magnetic ride suspension isolates you from all the bumps without killing the drive feel. When in the regular touring mode,

you wouldn’t even know you’re driving a 640hp car

unless you pushed your right foot down. The new conventional 8 speed automatic transmisiion shifts confidently and without any jerkiness. Even the exhaust valves remain closed creating just a mild purr. This is a car you could drive everyday of the year with your family, clients, pets and carry lots of luggage as well.

Press the drive mode into Sport or Track and you now have a second car. The engine now growls, the transmission kicks you in the back with every shift and seems to know exactly when to up and downshift. The V is like a scalpel on the track. Just point it to where you want to go and it does it. There are several different modes in the track setting, each having the electronic aids intervening at different levels. The magnetic ride control works seamlessly and any type of roll you would expect is virtually non existent leaving you with a car that feels a lot lighter than what you would expect. The CTS-V is seriously fast, not only for a 4 dr sedan, but for any car and is an absolute joy to drive. In fact, 36 hours after driving it, I still have a grin when I think of blasting down the straight at Road America at 150 mph.

Likes
2 cars in 1
Super comfy Recaro seats
goldilocks handling on the street – not too hard, not too soft, just right
light agile handling on the track
value compared to its competitors
640HP!

Dislikes
No Manual
I dislike that I don’t have one in my driveway