Heated and Ventilated Front Seats With Wood Trim ($1,040), Navigation System With Mark Levinson Premium Audio ($3,890), F-Sport Equipment ($12,471 -- includes shift knob, carbon-fiber engine cover, 19-by-8-inch forged front wheels, 19-by-9-inch forged rear wheels, wheel installation kit, Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires, high-flow intake, axle-back stainless exhaust, lowering springs, Bilstein monotube dampers, antiroll bars, six-piston front brake calipers, four-piston rear brake calipers, upgraded discs)
Direct- and port-injection 60-degree V6
3,456cc (211 cu-in)
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, continuously variable intake- and exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
306 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
277 @ 4,800
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.520, II = 2.042, III = 1.400, IV = 1.000, V = 0.716, VI = 0.586, FD = 4.083, R = 3.224
The computer didn't like pedal overlap, so there was only a nanosecond of brake torque. Despite being able to scratch the tires on the launch, the best run was recorded without it and ample torque took care of the rest. Manual shift mode was too lazy/hard to predict, so all runs were in S-Drive with ECT "power" mode. Upshifts were smooth but not particularly quick. Exhaust note is cool on the drag strip, but can get annoying elsewhere.
Powerful brakes that are virtually fade-free. Pedal gets extremely hard under full-ABS stops, but is otherwise easily modulated and delicate. Brakes were occasionally noisy/screechy.
Skid pad: Gobs o' grip and good overall balance means only the throttle is needed to maintain a consistent arc. Decent amount of steering info that loads up with speed. Mild understeer on the limit with VSC off, but with VSC on, it dealt effectively with the tendency and actually went a little quicker. Slalom: It seems like the steering ratio should be quicker with all these suspension mods. I needed a bunch more input (about 90 degrees worth) to get past each cone, necessitating *early* turn-in. Tires offer plenty of grip, but fall off quite dramatically once heated. Also, this car will do a "tank-slapper" if you jump out of the throttle too abruptly. Finally, VSA-on runs proved dramatically slower, grabbing brakes and chopping throttle after the second cone to the end.