With no chance of wheelspin, the best launch is pretty clutch-intensive -- slipping it from 4,000 rpm. Shift throws are on the long side, but gates are well defined and aren't notchy or reluctant. Power feels like it trails off in upper revs.
The rear end gets light and wiggles a bit under full-ABS stops. Good fade resistance and quiet ABS pump.
Skid pad: Good balance right on the verge of under- or oversteer. It was interesting that despite the nondefeatable stability control system, the Outback spun 90 degrees after passing the timers when I lifted off the throttle. Hmm. Slalom: Unlike on the skid pad, where the stability control seemed rather lenient, it was on full red alert in the slalom. Heavy-handed interference, and probably a good thing, too. Turn-in is reasonably good, but the rear end is reluctant to follow. Tall and tippy is the feeling.