DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
6,400 (rev limiter)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
170 @ 5,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
174 @ 4,100
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 2.785; II = 1.545; III = 1.000; IV = 0.694; R=2.272; Final= 4.44
Not much sauce to speak of here, and compromised further by a four-speed auto with slow upshifts. Sport mode proved just a tenth quicker. Fastest run was in Manual mode (still shifts for itself at 6,200 rpm) because the upshifts are slightly quicker. Manual shifting via console lever (pull back for downshifts) does not hold gears; does not blip throttle for quick downshifts.
Longish pedal travel. Brakes don't feel very powerful. Lots (and I mean lots) of dive from the body (even for a utility vehicle), and lots of ABS commotion and screech from the tires.
Skid pad: Surprisingly receptive to changing cornering arc when throttle is quickly released, although understeer was still prevalent in large amounts, requiring much throttle correction. ESC mostly kept out of it, only cutting throttle slightly and adding just a minor amount of brakes. Slalom: Reasonably quick response from steering, though overly light effort. Suspension is soft and spongy (no great surprise). Could not find a huge difference between ESC on and off, as it intervened by adding brakes in both settings.