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We were talking last night about trading cars.

I am planning on getting another one this fall when the 2011's come out.

I was complaining about all the car makers going to 4 cyl and 6 cyl engines.

I am a "BIG CAR" with the "BIGGEST V8 YOU CAN GET" kind of guy.

Darling Wife told me I should just go ahead and get a CTS "V"

For anyone that doesn't know what that is...it is 556 HP in a midsize car.

From everything I have read...they will do some serious hauling.

Just wanted y'all to know how great a wife I have.

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Wow. Love it. Tell me when you want to go shop & I'll come too!

I will do that.

It will be later in the spring when the weather is nicer.

Hard to plan ahead this time of year.

I also...to be fair...need to drive a DI CTS.

I have not driven one yet.

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OMG!!!!

Give her a HUG for me!

Ari Strauss is the fellow that took Bruce and I for 3 three laps in the CTS-V. I get exhilarated when I watch this video, I still can not get over how incredible that ride was. I can not believe that a car can STICK to the road so firmly in damp conditions. That car is OUTSTANDING. I believe that this is the SAFEST car you could own as it can get you OUT of bad situations due to its high performance abilitites, handling, braking, etc. Dont get me wrong, if one were to drive a car like that carelessly you could GET yourself INTO trouble quick, but, if you drive within a normal range, it will respond quickly and safely. I think this car will go through tires fairly quickly, due to the aggressiveness of the suspension, but that is the trade off for that performance, and if that saves your life, so be it. Keep good rubber on it Jim

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Next year if they do this CTS-V Challenge again, I want to hear, and now our next challenger, "TexasJim" in his own vehicle. Just keep the shinny side up Jim! :lol:

Warren, Bruce and I and anyone else who wants to come from Caddyinfo will be your PIT crew and cheering section!

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I would dearly "LOVE" to ride in one with a "REAL" driver that knows what he is doing.

I am a fair driver, for a rank amateur... but I have enough sense to know that I am barely qualified to polish their wheels. :D:D

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I would dearly "LOVE" to ride in one with a "REAL" driver that knows what he is doing.

I am a fair driver, for a rank amateur... but I have enough sense to know that I am barely qualified to polish their wheels. :D:D

Oh stop, you are from Texas! They drive in Texas! If they do the Monticello Challenge again, you have to come, I would want to see your face after taking a ride with Ari Straus.... I was hesitant to go on the ride and almost backed out, I was afraid of the wet and damp track and that we would do a 360 on a hard curve, the car STUCK to the road and growled on turns..... It was astonishing that a TIRE could take that much force. When it was over, I wanted to go again, it was like a rollercoaster ride to me. I have no doubt that if I ever was in an F14, it would be the same feeling.. It was definately one of those experiences of a lifetime moments for me...

Bruce, didnt seem to be as excited as me after the ride, but I think he was deeply accessing the car in a SPOCK like manner, where as I was feeling like a kid in the amusement park, :lol:

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I would dearly "LOVE" to ride in one with a "REAL" driver that knows what he is doing.

I am a fair driver, for a rank amateur... but I have enough sense to know that I am barely qualified to polish their wheels. :D:D

Oh stop, you are from Texas! They drive in Texas! If they do the Monticello Challenge again, you have to come, I would want to see your face after taking a ride with Ari Straus.... I was hesitant to go on the ride and almost backed out, I was afraid of the wet and damp track and that we would do a 360 on a hard curve, the car STUCK to the road and growled on turns..... It was astonishing that a TIRE could take that much force. When it was over, I wanted to go again, it was like a rollercoaster ride to me. I have no doubt that if I ever was in an F14, it would be the same feeling.. It was definately one of those experiences of a lifetime moments for me...

Bruce, didnt seem to be as excited as me after the ride, but I think he was deeply accessing the car in a SPOCK like manner, where as I was feeling like a kid in the amusement park, :lol:

I think I would be more like you..not Bruce.

I would be all excited...pulse rate up...adrenaline flowing...all of that and more.

True ... we do "DRIVE" in Texas...but there is a lot of difference in running down the interstate at relitivly high speed and driving a real performance car on a track.

Wednesday morning I had to make a little 300 mile trip...got into a little tussle with a WRX... we ran up to a little over 135 before he quit. :D

We stayed pretty even for a bit...but after 80 or so... I started pulling him a little.

He was 4 or 5 car lengths back when we quit.

I don't know anything about them, but I was real surprised that he couldn't just walk off and leave me.

I thought they were supposed to be REALLY, REALLY FAST.

Maybe there was something wrong with it...but it sure did sound good. :D

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I wonder if the WRX hit a speed limiter at 130? Many US cars are setup for H rated tires & 130 mph limiter.

I was taking everything in at the CTS-V Challenge and not doing all the media-like interviews and reporting and networking with the Cadillac team that I should have been doing. I had a wonderful time though. It was one of those special times with CTS-V's slamming down the straight-away at maximum throttle when you just want to stand still and hear their siren song, (so I did).

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I wonder if the WRX hit a speed limiter at 130? Many US cars are setup for H rated tires & 130 mph limiter.

I was taking everything in at the CTS-V Challenge and not doing all the media-like interviews and reporting and networking with the Cadillac team that I should have been doing. I had a wonderful time though.

It was one of those special times with CTS-V's slamming down the straight-away at maximum throttle when you just want to stand still and hear their siren song, (so I did).

I would be the same way.

I absolutely love the sound of a high performance, well tuned engine, doing what it was made for.

You are right...the sirens song will get you every time and isn't it fun?

I love it. :D

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I thought they were supposed to be REALLY, REALLY FAST.

THEY ARE, but apparently only up to 80 or so . . . :D

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I wonder if the WRX hit a speed limiter at 130? Many US cars are setup for H rated tires & 130 mph limiter.

I was taking everything in at the CTS-V Challenge and not doing all the media-like interviews and reporting and networking with the Cadillac team that I should have been doing. I had a wonderful time though. It was one of those special times with CTS-V's slamming down the straight-away at maximum throttle when you just want to stand still and hear their siren song, (so I did).

Dont get me wrong, I am not being critical at all, I was just blown away by the event and ride

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I am a "BIG CAR" with the "BIGGEST V8 YOU CAN GET" kind of guy.

The CTS is not what I would call a big car. Have you driven one Jim? They gave me one as a loaner last year. The seats where firm as crates and the suspension felt every bump in the road. Was not my cup of tea, but then I like 'em like a Lazyboy. Soft, cushy and quiet. I think you'll find it vastly different from your DTS. Hopefully more to your liking.

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I am a "BIG CAR" with the "BIGGEST V8 YOU CAN GET" kind of guy.

The CTS is not what I would call a big car. Have you driven one Jim? They gave me one as a loaner last year. The seats where firm as crates and the suspension felt every bump in the road. Was not my cup of tea, but then I like 'em like a Lazyboy. Soft, cushy and quiet. I think you'll find it vastly different from your DTS. Hopefully more to your liking.

Wait a minute...I haven't decided on one ...YET. :D:D:D:D

I like a fairly smooth ride also.

Thats why I have a DTS.

But...My DTS does not have the LazyBoy ride like some of my older ones had.

It has the MAGRIDE suspension and 245x50x18 tires on it.

It is the firmest riding DTS I have ever driven...occasionally a little too firm, when you are just cruising around on Saturday night. :D

I too have had CTS for loaners...I am still thinking about the "V".

I am going to have to find one (probably a used one) that I can take on an extended drive to see if I like it enough to buy a new one.

I won't be making a decision before the fall when the 2011's come out.

That gives me plenty of time to look, shop and compare different cars.

Any input anyone has on the "V" will be greatly appreciated.

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All I know is that i'm gonna send my wife over so she can take lessons from your wife.

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Gotta say I agree completely w/ you Jim! I'm stuck in a ricer age bracket with a love for steel and V-8s, Leg Room and 4 Doors! Sounds like you got a keeper, but if you ever wanna trade her in for 2 20 yr olds who nag that I talk too much about cars let me know! :D

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Gotta say I agree completely w/ you Jim! I'm stuck in a ricer age bracket with a love for steel and V-8s, Leg Room and 4 Doors! Sounds like you got a keeper, but if you ever wanna trade her in for 2 20 yr olds who nag that I talk too much about cars let me know! :D

Thanks for the offer, but I think I will keep her around. :D :D

If someone was always nagging me about my cars...

I would probably eventually tell 'em to accept it or just "GO ON DOWN THE ROAD." :D :D

If I did your trade...then I wouldn't have this nice lady and I wouldn't have the two 20 year olds "EITHER" :D

She has put up with me and my car fever for over 40 years.

She is a good girl and I think she realizes that there is really no cure for car enthusiasm so she tolerates it.

Back in the old days... she was a good helper when I was working on them.

There has been many a day she had about as much grease and dirt on her as I had on me.

:D:D:D

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