well... i am 20 years old and just got a cts v and honestly it is one hell of a powerful car. My first car was a 99 bmw m3 convertible and it was still too fast for a first car... fun as hell, but still powerful for a young kid such as myself. ANyways from there i went to a mb clk 500, very fast, lots and lots of electronic nannies that keopt me from getting myself into too much trouble on many on occasion. i'd say even that car was to powerful for me even with more experience under my belt. Then it came to today when i just got my cts v... if you are smart, i'd go with something less expnsive, manual, rearwheel drive with less power for now. i have 4 years of driving experience now, all with what i think everyone would consider powerful cars and i truly think it'd be wisest to get something less powerful for a first car, say a bmw 330ci or 330i with the zhp performance package. its not a slow car, looks very nice, and is tons of fun to drive. the cts v is a blast... just i dont think it'd be smart to start off with something like that. either way, good luck.... and by the way to anyone else out there who has a cts v... i got mine for 48,000 brand new... what did u guys pay?