Not much thought or technique here -- only a slight pedal overlap on launch. Engine ramps up to about 6,750 rpm by 60 mph and creeps up only slightly thereafter. Engine note is (by consensus) bovine in nature and could get old quickly. A slight sense of valvetrain variability at about 5,000 rpm, but that could also be the CVT doing something.
Little idle stroke, positive engagement, little fade and no odor. Good stops, with moderate dive and no ABS vibration/hum.
Skid pad: Excellent balance between understeer and oversteer; requires only throttle to maintain line. Steering loads up nicely. With stability control on, the system begins applying brakes first, then the throttle closes...still pretty grippy. Slalom: Enthusiastic turn-in with quick yaw response means you've got to stay ahead of the eventual rotation. Lift-throttle oversteer could catch some drivers by surprise, but it works well. With stability control on, the brakes minimize the oversteer and it's still quick for a FWD sedan. Obvious sporty state of tune was intended. Lively and fun.