Lunar Blue ($720); Designo Porcelain Leather ($4,800); Active Curve System ($2,900 -- includes hydraulically variable antiroll bars to reduce body roll, active damper system); Driver Assistance Package ($2,800 -- includes Distronic Plus with PreSafe brake, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist); On/Off-Road Package ($1,800 -- includes adaptive damping system, anderride protection [skid plates]); Rear-Seat Entertainment ($1,950 -- includes dual 8-inch LCD screens mounted to the back of the front seat headrests, two wireless headsets, two remote controls, single-disc DVD player underneath the rear seats, auxiliary inputs, three-position memory for front passenger seat, four-way power lumbar support for front passenger seat); Three-Zone Automatic Climate Control ($1,450); Appearance Package ($1,340 -- includes illuminated running boards, 20-by-8.5-inch alloy wheels with 275/50R20 tires, chrome exhaust tips); Parking Assist Package ($1,290 -- includes Parktronic with active parking assist, surround view system); Lighting Package ($1,290 -- includes bi-xenon headlamps with Active Curve illumination, headlamp washing, adaptive high-beam assist); Multicontour Driver/Passenger Seat With Massage and Comfort Headrests ($1,100); Panorama Sunroof ($1,090); Wood/Leather Steering Wheel ($590); Keyless Go ($650 -- includes transponder that lets the driver lock/unlock the vehicle and start/stop the engine without using a key or pressing a button on a remote key fob); Heated Rear Seats ($620 -- includes multilevel heated rear seats); Heated and Active Ventilated Front Seats ($570); Trailer Hitch ($550 -- includes Class III tow hitch with a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds); Power Easy-Entry Second-Row Seats ($400 -- includes second-row seats that electrically move to ease third-row entry); Special Order ($250).
Twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V8, gasoline
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
362 @ 5,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
406 @ 1,500
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Hesitant off the line, but then healthy, smooth power to just below redline. Power braking netted about a tenth and a half. Quick upshifts come at 5,900 rpm. There's a big drop in revs after the 2-3 shift. Went quickest (but just barely) in manual mode. Manual shifting is via steering wheel paddles. Will not hold gears to rev limiter, shifts automatically at 5,900 rpm. Attempts to blip throttle on downshifts.
A weak and soft pedal around town becomes reassuringly firm in panic tets, although pedal travel remained long. Plenty of nosedive, but dead straight. First stop was shortest at 113 feet. Sixth (and final) stop was longest at 122 feet.
Skid pad: light, rather unfeeling steering. But it's of little consequence, as the stability system cuts in so aggressively that there isn't much steering or throttle control needed on the part of the driver. Slalom: This may be the most intrusive stability control system ever. The only positive to come out of this ridiculous exercise is that it teaches you to be super smooth, because any shot of aggression with the steering wheel and the GL immediately stabs the brakes, despite the fact it isn't even close to reaching its grip limit. This is pathetic.