Navigation Radio With 8-Inch Color Screen ($2,395); Technology Package ($1,695 -- includes adaptive bi-xenon headlights, parking sensors, head-up display and lane-departure warning system); 19-Inch Wheels and Summer Tires ($750).
Turbocharged, port-injected V6
2,792cc (170 cu-in)
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
300 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
295 @ 2,000
Six-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Highly responsive to pedal overlap at the start. Remarkably linear power delivery and smooth upshifts. Manual shifts are too delayed to be of use here. Obviously with AWD, there was no chance of wheelspin.
Excellent consistency and despite 58 percent front weight bias, remarkable flat cornering attitude. Medium/firm pedal and no fade whatsoever.
Skid pad: Excellent balance with very mild understeer -- I assume there's some power being shifted around, but I couldn't sense it at all. It just goes where it's pointed without drama. Also, couldn't detect any interference from ESC-on laps. Slalom: Trustworthy, crisp turn-in, takes a set quickly and transitions as well. Again, very neutral behavior but for the last two cones where it began to understeer mildly so I stood on the gas, which helped the front tires pull the car past the timing lights. This is a well-sorted chassis and all-wheel-drive system.