Floor Mats ($115); Technology Package (No charge -- includes eight-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system with subwoofer, six-CD in-dash changer, auxiliary input jack, steering-wheel audio controls, Bluetooth and satellite radio)
3,954cc (241 cu-in)
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
261 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
281 @ 4,000
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.842, II = 2.353, III = 1.529, IV = 1.000, V = 0.839, R = 2.765, Final Drive = 3.357
No spin on the launch was best. Upshifts are uncommonly smooth. Engine doesn't sound belabored in the least. The ECU supplies matched-rev downshifts -- who knew?
Big nosedive, but decent initial bite. ABS controller is a little slow but seems well-sorted for the knobby tires.
Skid pad: Good balance with mild understeer at the limit -- low as it may be. Steering loads up a little like a spring. ESP didn't intrude. Slalom: Despite its "VSC" light, it's still on. Hates the transitions and bitch-slaps you with brake application. Eventually learned that slow and deliberate steering input was the only method that worked, but still engaged VSC at the exit.