This SE-R Spec V is much easier to launch than the last generation. The tires have more bite so it's easier to find traction while the wheels are spinning. Best launch was at 3,200 rpm with throttle modulation. Shifter feels fragile, like a Tinker Toy. I missed the 3rd-gear gate once, but not again. Linear power delivery anywhere in rev range.
I'm glad Nissan opted for ABS on the Spec V this time around. Pedal feels good and is linear. Ample travel makes it easy to modulate.
Good balance on the skid pad, without excessive under- or oversteer. Ultimately produces slight understeer, but could hold a slight drift all the way around the circle. Steering feels almost too heavy here. With a little more rear grip this would be a killer slalom car. It likes to rotate (good on a racetrack), but whacking the throttle wide open on the exit utilizes the LSD to profound effect and it goes where it's pointed. Steering now feels just right when driven in anger. Responds well to being man-handled.