Torch Red, 4LT Coupe Premium Equipment Group ($7,705 -- includes cargo net, luggage shade, multilevel heated sport bucket seats with perforated leather seating surfaces, back angle adjustment, power-adjustable lumbar support and side bolsters, six-way power passenger seat, head-up display, universal home remote transmitter, Bluetooth phone connectivity, power telescoping steering column, memory package with two driver settings, seven Bose speakers, 1-year subscription to XM Satellite Radio, custom leather-wrapped interior package [leather-wrapped upper instrument panel, upper door trim panels and console storage cover, exclusive leather color and two-tone design, seat headrest "tonal" crossed flag embroidery, enhanced armrest padding and special bias pattern console trim plate]); PYE Grand Sport Chrome Aluminum Wheels ($1,995 -- includes 18-by-9.5-inch front and 19-by-12-inch rear chrome aluminum wheels); U3U AM/FM Radio With CD Player and DVD Navigation ($1,750 -- includes AM/FM radio with CD player, MP3 player, Radio Data System [RDS], seek and scan, digital clock, auto tone control, automatic volume and TheftLock, DVD navigation with GPS, 6.5-inch LCD color display touchscreen, voice recognition); Z15 Grand Sport Heritage Package ($1,195 -- includes two-tone leather seats, Grand Sport logo seat headrest embroidery, dealer-installed fender-stripe hash-mark design in [40A] Pearl White); NPP Dual-Mode Performance Exhaust ($1,195 -- includes dual-mode performance exhaust with 6 additional horsepower and aggressive exhaust sound), Pearl White Fender Stripe ($0), Pedal Covers ($295 -- dealer installed).
Needs a fairly high-rpm (about 2,800) launch to overcome big-tire bog. Best run was with slight spin/bog/go. Shifter is slick, but gates could be more distinct. Linear power up to soft rev limiter. Third gear is still pretty short, so the car needed 4th for the quarter-mile. I didn't bother with the launch control function due to previous less-than-optimal results.
Medium/soft pedal with little idle stroke. Some dive, distances improved with repeated runs and heat up to fifth stop.
Skid pad: Decent info from steering wheel regarding front/rear grip levels. Neutral with a whiff of understeer at the limit. With ESP on, it chopped the throttle a bunch. Slalom: Crisp turn-in and very neutral (and non-threatening) behavior allowed me to steer it with the throttle at the rear. Late turn-in with that quick front-end bite worked best to pass by the "back" of each cone rather than going parallel to it.