Deluxe Touring Package ($3,800 — includes 16-speaker Bose audio system, Forest Air system, Semi-Aniline quilted leather, Japanese White Ash wood trim, soft double-stitched meter hood, suedelike headliner, power rear sunshade); Premium Package ($3,350 — includes hard-drive navigation system, real-time traffic and weather, color touchscreen, voice controls, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, 10-speaker Bose stereo [replaced by Deluxe Touring's 16-speaker system], Bluetooth audio streaming, 9.3GB of digital music storage); Technology Package ($3,000 — includes Eco pedal, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning system, blind-spot intervention system, distance control assist, intelligent brake assist, forward collision warning, front pre-crash seatbelts, active trace control, adaptive headlights); 18-Inch Wheels ($1,650); Illuminated Kick Plates ($350); Trunk Mat, Net and First Aid Kit ($195).
Longitudinal, front midengine, rear-wheel drive
Naturally aspirated, port-injected, V6, gasoline
DOHC, 4 valves/cylinder variable intake + exhaust-valve timing and lift
Times improved with pedal overlap and resulting slight wheelspin. Also noticed upshifts in Drive were occurring about 500 rpm shy of redline so best run was with manual shifting. Upshifts were still quick and smooth. Engine/exhaust sounds are isolated but present. All runs (but first, default run) were in Sport on rotary selector.
Very good. Strong brakes, medium-firm pedal, quick-cycle ABS and very consistent results that also showed virtually no signs of fading.
Good. Skid pad: With VSC off, the M37 felt very well balanced/tuned to deliver a neutral attitude; right on the cusp of kicking the tail out at will. Nice steering weight and tactile info. With VSC on, throttle bleeds off to drop speed slightly, and either ON/OFF, the clockwise direction (driver outboard) was noticeably slower. Slalom: VSC is truly off, but the chest-flattening seatbelt tensioners were a bit of a welcome surprise. Crisp initial turn-in lasts just a cone or two when the M37 begins to understeer. I could induce rotation with the throttle, but by that time, the tires had gone a little "greezy" and diminishing returns had set in. This car ran out of tire before it ran out of talent.