I don’t get motion sickness. Ever. Not in cars, on boats, or on planes. Not on rollercoasters or Gravitrons. But the Cadillac ATS-V is so fast, it actually made me puke.
(Full Disclosure: I trashed the tires on potholes in not one but TWO BMW 7-Series sedans. In the same day. Two in one day, I know. New York is hell. Move to Texas. I suck. So the fleet gave me an ATS-V instead.)
I should probably clarify that I was in the back seat of one last year, while going through the twistiest mountain roads California can possibly imagine, which didn’t help. But still, it’s the first one ever to make me encounter that less-than-joyful experience.
I can’t definitively say, one way or another, whether it was the whole sitting-in-the-back-seat-of-a-car-that-already-doesn’t-have-the-best-visibility-in-the-entire-world thing, or the fact that my former boss and permanent maniac Matt Hardigree was doing the driving, or really any one of a number of factors. But I’m going to choose to blame the semi-secret option menu in the Cadillac.
A lot of road cars with track capabilities give you an option menu these days, in order to allow you to set exactly how fast you want to go. Sir would like a little slippage, but not too much? Or would sir like a completely banshee full of vomit?
Technically, that’s not an option on the Caddy, but if you push enough buttons, it’ll feel like it.
The Performance Menu That Can Give Anyone Motion Sickness In The Cadillac ATS-V
Normally in the ATS-V you get a few choices of traction control, throttle response, steering, and suspension pliability. The standard choices include “Tour,” “Sport,” “Track,” or “Snow/Ice.” Tour and Snow/Ice are predictably muted, with the engine noise being toned way down, the steering feeling light and even a bit vague, and the suspension turning a car that looks like a scalpel into a nice cushy seat. Because no one actually wants to sit on a scalpel.
Sport makes the throttle lightning-quick, makes the twin-turbo V6 455-horsepower engine sing like the angriest bird in the world, and gives that suspension just the nicest little bounce.
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