With the engine mounted just behind the seats, this baby is balanced. I got the rear to drift as I cornered on some Appalachian backroads, but it was an oh-so-controlled slide, and the car stayed flat in the hardest turns. The brakes are awesome, as expected. There's a bit of hesitation if you floor it in drive at certain speeds, but you get used to downshifting with the buttons before accelerating, to remind the car who's in charge. You're not totally in charge, of course, even in M mode; this is a smart, complicated German car, with stability control if you get sloppy. The Tiptronic will downshift if you screech to a halt, and shift if you cross the red line. But for the most part, it gives you permission to drive hard if you don't act like an idiot.