We've already published plenty on the Cadillac CTS. This is the same car that was all-new in 2008. Check out our complete review on the 2009 CTS here and you'll see that we like this mid-size sedan plenty. The chiseled exterior shape remains striking even after more than a year of sales behind it.
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The CTS we drove most recently was equipped with two interesting options: the Summer Tire Performance Package, a $1,240 option that includes summer-compound tires, 18-inch polished aluminum rims, and a recalibrated suspension; and the six-speed manual transmission, an option that gets you a $1,300 credit.
As luck would have it, this particular 2009 Cadillac CTS was delivered to your Detroit editor during one of our worst winters on record (global warming, don't 'cha know). The CTS's summer-compound tires wished they were rolling in Miami or Phoenix, but provided enough grip for us to know that, thusly equipped, the CTS is a responsive blast to drive. The steering feels sharp and the chassis follows the driver's lead precisely. If you've driven a new CTS, you'd expect nothing less.
Now, to what this Cadillac has to do with the upcoming Camaro...
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Certain folks at Cadillac have already taken umbrage at description (we wanted to be sure the gearboxes were similar between the Caddy and Chevy). As far as whether this gearbox is bad for the CTS ... it's not because likelihood of any CTS buyer opting for the manual gearbox in a non-V-Series model is highly unlikely. Almost nobody will buy a CTS thusly equipped. However, many buyers are likely to choose a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro with the standard driveline combination: the 3.6-liter V-6 and the six-speed manual. Our hope is that the shift linkage will be different in the Camaro.
Our optimistic prediction is that it will be because engineers should have felt less need to insulate the driver from the driveline. This should improve shifter feel and make the Camaro's gearbox more fun to row than the CTS's.
We're slated to drive the 2010 Camaro in mid-March, and you'll get a report from us as soon as we're out from behind the wheel.