Great pick-up, OP; looking forward to hearing your driving impressions and seeing more pics!
For the record, the auto is faster than the manual in both acceleration and track times. THe reason is because the auto is controlled by the ECU which also controls the ABS, Stabiitrak, magnetic shocks, etc. Short of being a professional race driver and really knowing how to handle all the power, the car is in its fastest trim as an auto.
I am so jelly OP you have one of my top dream cars in your garage, congratulations!
I've seen that blue with all the polished/chrome bits blacked out and it looks so effin menacing, I'm starting to prefer it over the white pearl and diamond black, all you needed was the yellow calipers and your wagon woulda been super.
Congrats and keep us updated as much as you can, with lots of pics!
Congrats. I have a friend who owned one when they came out and did the typical...intake, pulley, exhaust tune, and mother of GOD!! The color you picked up is very nice and I've actually never seen it on the cts before.
About the transmission, preference. I also would have gone for the auto because I live in a traffic jungle. As you said, when you plank down the cash, you get what you want...not what the 17 year old Forza kid thinks you should get, lol.
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You know I side with the op on not wanting to learn his wife on stick in this car. I was all set to get my wife an STi/ WRX after she told me she could drive it (And she wanted one ). We go down to the dealer where they tell us "heck see if she could learn in our car" I figured hey if they are offering what the hell, long and short it was 15-20 minutes of grind, scratch, chirp, burnt smelling clutch. I figured if we bought the car my wife would have ruined the cars trans in a few days so not worth it. We left with a new Outback instead (Damn it)
I'd personally get the manual, but that doesn't change that I'm extremely happy for the OP. He's definitely living the dream! If I could afford one, I'd absolutely buy one because, well, it's awesome and I;m not married nor do I have kids. I drove a CTS-V sedan a couple of months ago at a ride and drive event, which was a sedan. It was a stupid fun vehicle and I loved hearing the subtle s/c whine.
Good luck with everything!
The roof is great, and you could probably put a cord, cord and a half of firewood back there, hell yeah!
That type of vehicle would respond nicely to sleeper treatment I think.
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AWESOME ride! I do really love that car. New, they are about 10-15k out of my price range.
But when we have kids in a couple of years, I think a two-year-old used one might be in the cards!
Also, when I read that you bought it auto, I was like:
But that's alright. To each his own. Great car!
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