Tech Package (included with trim -- navigation system, real-time traffic, real-time weather forecasts and radar maps, rearview camera, GPS-linked and solar-sensing dual-zone adaptive climate control system, keyless ignition/entry, trunk spoiler, 10-speaker ELS surround-sound audio system with 12GB of digital music storage and DVD audio).
No matter how aggressively I tried to launch with VSC off, the TL never spun the front tires. A bit of a stumble at first, then it went. Crisp upshifts in "S" at redline. VTEC change-over less evident than in the SH-AWD car.
Medium-firm pedal got a little softer with each stop. Some dive, but always straight. (Brakes were smoking/smelling awful at the end of the acceleration test.)
On the skid pad, easy to perch on the brink of understeer all the way around. Very consistent, steering loads nicely and offers some info. In the slalom, very good turn-in and balance throughout. Only by the last two gates did the rear begin to walk around a bit. Tires began to give up after eight-plus runs.