Clean gauges with clear numbers. No redline markings, just like lots of other recent Ford products. Cutoff comes at 6,500 rpm, but shifts come at 6,000 rpm. Nice engine growl from the Duratec powerplant. Little wheelspin off the line. 2,350 rpm brake torque. More wheelspin would help the times. Good pull throughout powerband, though times are fairly unimpressive. Manually shifting cuts times. Lots of torque steer when pulling away. Shifting manually has to be carefully timed. You must shift almost 1,000 rpm before you want the gear to engage. There's that much of a delay.
Lots of grinding and pulsation. ABS is applied quite rapidly. Straight line stability is good. Pedal effort is average to heavy. Consistent. Lots of weight transfer can be felt.
Slow steering. Lots of play in the wheel as well. Tons of torque steer as the wheel jumps in your hands. Good compromise, though, between performance and comfort. Lots of handwork is required here. There's little available power because second gear is not long enough, and you're forced to use third. Car plants itself then turns around each cone. It takes a perpendicular path, rather than a parallel "snaking" path, which hurts times.