No real means of making a significant difference in acceleration here. Brake torque gains marginal time. Manual shifting doesn't improve the time because automatic shifts come at redline anyway. Best run in "D."
Soft, low-effort pedal, but still relatively consistent. Brakes are working, however, as they smelled during our test sequence.
Skid pad: Utterly feel-free steering; dead, numb. No weight, effort buildup or feel. What's the front end doing? Slalom: Response and manners are on par for the class, but numb steering hurt overall impression and, more importantly, confidence as the limit approaches.