With the electronic stability control switched off, it's extremely difficult to launch the car without smoking the rear tires with excessive wheelspin. Even at 1,000 rpm, wheelspin is inevitable. The best run was made in the transmission's Manual mode, as the Sport mode upshifts to 2nd gear if it detects even a hint of wheelspin, and a very measured throttle application was required. Also noticed that the tachometer is slow to register, so grabbed 2nd gear at indicated 5,000 rpm although redline is 7,000 rpm. Shift action is pretty brutal for an automatic but also seriously quick.
Because there's no drama during braking, this car doesn't feel like it has amazing brakes, yet the numbers say otherwise. Not much initial bite when the brakes are first applied, but thereafter the car squats down and really stops.
On the skid pad, this car is well balanced and supremely controlled. Could induce either understeer or oversteer at will. Steering is very responsive and doesn't feel like a typical Mercedes-Benz or even a typical AMG. Through the slalom, the car reacts to the steering without any delay. The front and rear of the car feel as if they roll at the same time, and the car takes a set at each cone and stays put until the next steering input. As wide and grippy as these tires are, the car could have gone faster yet with more tire grip, as eventually both front and rear tires release their grip on the pavement.