Reasonable amount of torque means the car stumbles off the line with traction control on. With it off, the tC leaves with authority, but can't maintain it. Loud-ish engine/exhaust, quick-smooth upshifts, and it went slightly quicker when allowed to auto-upshift in manual mode. Sporty, but not a sports car.
Reasonably flat, always straight and with little noise or tire grind. Medium-hard pedal.
With ESC off on the skid pad, the tC goes into terminal understeer state where there's nothing for a driver to do about it. With ESC on, a single brake application tucks nose in for slightly better result. Steering offers little to no info. Feels like a spring. With the tC's propensity for dramatic lift-throttle oversteer still intact, it's no wonder ESC is now standard (and can only be defeated at standstill with a lengthy button hold. Good thing, because what starts out feeling sporty and controlled quickly turns into a tricky situation where the rear snaps loose. Leave ESC on and it dabs brakes for safety.