Naturally aspirated, direct-injected V6 with cylinder deactivation
SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing and lift
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
290 @ 6,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
267 @ 4,500
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Launch technique makes no difference in the TLX. Rapid pedal transition is as quick as power braking. Shift strategy (i.e. using manual mode) doesn't matter, either. In a sense this is good because it means anyone can achieve the TLX's best acceleration. No wheelspin off the line. Sport+ mode makes no difference here. Downshifts are rev-matched.
Better than the last TLX we tested but not impressive. Minimal pedal fade after five stops but the brakes still smoked at the end of the session. Runs ranged from 129 to 135 feet, which isn't particularly impressive.
Slalom: Stable and quick without any drama through the slalom. Stability control heavily limits throttle (even turned "off") but does so in a linear manner so that the intrusion doesn't upset the chassis. Goes right where it's pointed, but body roll and tires limit speed. Slalom: Amazing ability to rotate and go where it's pointed on the throttle. Fun to drive in this kind of corner where you can truly experience what SH-AWD does and how effective it can be. However, low-grip tires hurt performance.