So my 55 year old mother test drove this yesterday...

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Didn't even invite me. WTF mom.

Anyway, I found her opinions on it very interesting. She's the least-enthusiastic in our family, but had heard me speak of the magic and mystery of the V wagon as a possible future choice I thought she'd enjoy, so when she saw a commercial for 0% financing she decided it was worth investigating. Her comments, in order, as follows:

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1) "I don't know why I ever question your opinion on cars. You know us all so well" — I've basically picked out every car for our close family because, well, if you had a family member with a masters in automotive engineering, wouldn't you want his input?

2) "There's enough room in the back for recycles and road trips. I like that"—She's been stubbornly holding onto her 90's purple chrysler minivan to the tune of almost 300,000 miles, making her an honorary Jalop in her own right, but the second transmission has grenaded and she needs something with a modicum of utility.

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3) "I cannot even explain how fast it is. Faster than anything I've ever imagined. I didn't know that kind of fast existed. There was stop, and then there was 100, and everything in between was unacceptable." This from a lady who routinely drives a Z06 or a 911 when her van is in the shop.

4) "This car needs a manual. And I want mine in that pretty light blue they make it in. And I want the Recaros. And I want you to take me to the track" — I have never been so proud in my entire life. Ever. If I have children someday, they will have to live with the knowledge that they will never be as awesome as my mother was on the day she decided she wanted a manual CTSV wagon with recaros in it and wanted me to run pit crew for her. I've already got a line on a stealth blue metallic car in Greensboro...

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5) "The brakes were yellow. Yellow brakes are badass" — Yellow brakes ARE badass, mom. Welcome to the disease.

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Edit: The more I think about this, the more I think it would be fun to write a series of articles on it if the deal goes down. I think it would be a lot of fun to have the person in the family who is the least traditionally enthusiastic about cars suddenly become the horsepower leader of our fleet (We have a C5 Z06, a 500hp Pro-Touring firebird, a 993, a G35, and a Miata already), plus this is Cadillac's traditional target market experiencing the epitome of New Cadillac. What do you guys think?

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