I=4.38; II=2.86; III=1.92; IV=1.37; V=1.00; VI=0.82; VII=0.73; Final Drive=3.06:1
With ESP on, the traction control does an admirable job of containing the power (brake check PLUS torque reduction?). Shutting it off in "Drive Sport" ushered a 1-2 short-shift at the first hint of wheelspin. Had to resort to manual mode to achieve a decent launch, but then the slow tach (and I.P. that flashes red to signal upshift) had it hitting the rev limiter. Difficult, though not impossible, to get under 5 seconds to 60. Upshifts are sometimes slow/fast or smooth/harsh, and I cannot determine why.
Excellent brake power and fade resistance. Near-zero dive and pedal always felt trustworthy. Autobahn brakes.
Skid pad: The very definition of "pushy-loose" where it understeers on throttle and snaps into oversteer when you jump out. Tenuous at best and dangerous at worst with ESP off in manual mode. Slalom: As on the skid pad, the SLK55 can be a handful in the slalom with ESP off in manual mode. That said, turn-in is crisp up to nine-tenths, then starts to understeer. Throttle response is terrific, so a slide at the end is easily requested, but the short wheelbase makes it tricky to control. The P Zeros step off pretty abruptly, then slide predictably. This is how I imagine a V8 Monster Miata would feel.