- Nov 3, 2011
- New Hampshire
- V-Series Cadillac(s)?
- Not Yet!
- How does the CTS Vsport handle?
The latest version of Magnetic Ride Control - GM’s adaptive damping system - typically works wonders on the vehicles that it’s fitted to, and it does not disappoint on the Vsport. Left in Tour driving mode, the CTS offers a ride quality that’s virtually devoid of harshness while avoiding the unstable "floaty" sensation that often plagues the most comfortable settings of adaptive suspension setups used on luxury cars. Even though things firm up substantially in Track mode, the CTS feels so well buttoned down that it rarely annoys. In that sportiest of settings, cornering remains largely flat but subtle hints of body roll become evident during the most demanding tasks. Remembering that this is intended to be a mid-level sport sedan, the tuning seems entirely appropriate.
The Vsport feels poised and confident when driven spiritedly, thanks in part to its near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution, as well as the diet applied to the newest CTS model, which drops some 200 pounds or more from the second-generation CTS depending on options, thanks in part to the extensive use of aluminum in its construction.
The CTS Vsport’s steering feels genuinely precise and offers variances in weight depending on which driving mode the vehicle is set to. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we found ourselves preferring the weight of Track mode – while the electrically assisted ZF rack only provided limited feedback through the wheel, the additional steering weight yielded less requirement for mid-corner corrections and was just generally more enjoyable when we wanted to have some fun with the car.
And fun we had – between the excellent balance, rigidity, well sorted suspension and the tenacious grip of the Pirelli PZeros, the CTS Vsport proved to be a truly rewarding car to drive hard down our favorite back roads.
Full Story: http://www.windingroad.com/articles/reviews/driven-2015-cadillac-cts-vsport/