Tuxedo Black Metallic ($0); Rapid Spec 401A ($1,490 -- includes Titanium Premium package: leather-trimmed seats, six-way power driver seat with manual lumbar, reverse sensing system, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror and rear armrest with storage); Voice-Activated Navigation ($795); Titanium Handling Package ($595 -- includes 18-inch alloy wheels, sport suspension, summer performance tires, full-size spare tire); Titanium Winter Package ($470 -- includes all-weather floor mats, heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors with puddle lamps); Interior Style Package, Tuscany Red ($450 -- includes black/red two-tone leather-trimmed seats with matching door trim inserts and front center armrest lid, red steering wheel trim. premium floor mats, red interior finish, rear 60/40-split seat with rear seat armrest, stainless-steel door sill plates); Rapid Spec 401A Discount (-$195)
Naturally aspirated direct-injected inline-4
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
160 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
146 @ 4,450
Six-speed dual-clutch automated manual with column shifter and lever-mounted shift button
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.917; II = 2.429; III = 1.436; IV = 1.021; V = 0.867; VI= 0.702 ; FD = 3.850 (I, II, V, VI); FD = 4.278 (III, IV, R)
Sluggish off the line, but then the normally aspirated inline-4 pulls hard and the dual-clutch automated manual shifts quickly. Car goes into a launch mode when power-braked with stability control off and gearbox in Sport, where it holds revs at 2,800 until you release the brake; still manages only minor wheelspin. Can be shifted manually via rocker switch on console lever; blips throttle on downhifts; will not hold gears at redline.
Utterly consistent stops with excellent pedal feel. A minimum of nose dive keeps everything very stable, secure and confidence-inspiring. Tires feel like they are gripping extra hard.
Skid pad: Credit for excellent grip goes to the sticky summer tires, spot-on steering and a well-snubbed suspension, all delivering a minimum of understeer. Slalom: Quick, tight steering and great grip from summer tires give confidence. Suspension feels a little springy during transitions, but overall composure is excellent. Front torque vectoring helps put power down on slalom exit. Limiting factor is non-defeat stability control system, although its intervention point is thankfully high. Went a tenth quicker with traction control on versus TC off.