I-4 SEL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)I-4 SEL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Options on test vehicle
Rapid Spec 302A ($2,740 -- includes blind spot information system with cross traffic alert, rearview-mirror-mounted back-up camera, power moonroof, 12-speaker Sony sound system with six-CD changer); 3.0-Liter Duratec V6 Engine ($1,610); 18-Inch Machined Aluminum Wheels With Painted Pockets ($295 -- includes 18-by-7.5-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets, P225/45R18 V-rated performance tires and sport tuned suspension).
2,967cc (152 cu-in)
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
240 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
223 @ 4,300
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I=4.584:1; II=2.964:1; III=1.912:1; IV=1.446:1; V: 1.000:1; VI: 0.746:1; Final Drive=3.59:1
Dead consistent regardless of technique or traction control. Leaves the line with barely a chirp from the tires and rails rapidly through 1st and 2nd gear. Needs two shifts to get to 60 but does so pretty quick. Engine sounds and feels good at high rpm. Quick shifts at redline.
Respectable brake feel even with some fade. Tracks straight with max ABS. Good body control (little dive).
Skid pad: Non-defeatable stability control (only traction control turns off). Springy steering with vague info. Subtle ESP intrusion starting with singular brake application that bleeds into throttle closing. Slalom: Decent turn-in characteristics, but not much feel from the wheel. Decent grip and some welcome roll stiffness. Not bad, but not benchmark either.