Well, despite the almost forbidding weather here in the Northeast, the day turned clear, the sun was peeking out, and the roads were dry; it had rained at some point, so alot of that foul faux salt was off the roads for now. Having spent the last couple days walking up to the garage to admire this car, i rationally concluded that this afternoon was as good as any for an inaugural drive. I had already worked out the seating and steering wheel settings during my garage time with the car, so a quick adjustment of the side mirrors (for what that's worth), depressed clutch and went thru the two stage key position; car started with a sound not unlike a large, industrial machine- not a gutteral engine sound- somewhat muted, but you could feel the pulse in your ass. I put it into reverse, pulled out and then gingerly negotiated my steep, cobblestone driveway, crawling out onto the street lest I scrape the nose. Not a scritch- car, even at normal front suspension height, seems to have a little more clearance than the nose of the GT2, which required an endless supply of front valences. I boogied down River Road, caught 340, a two lane B road leading toward Joisey, and let the car warm up- the tractor origins of these cars should never be something to apologize for- the thing can pull stumps. Torque, and an endless supply of power, combined with a fairly supple ride, in a big, rigid platform- give it gas, it has that "turbine"-like response attributed to so many 12 cyl. engines, but smoother, and less carlike- more like what i imagine a turbine engine would feel like if that is possible- with a slight menace of growl that grows as the pedal goes down deeper. No lag- i will not miss the twin turbo, i'm convinced, just a slight getting down to business settling of chassis as the motor winds up and the car digs down. Its a big mo', nimble in a sense, but its no tossable boy racer. This thing is meant for big roads at BIG speeds. I didn't really push it, just wanted to get a feel for the thing. The brakes are great, the steering wheel is tiny, the driving position perfect- not as soft as the Maranello, not as strapped in as the GT2 with Recaro racing seats, but just right. Visibility is actually amazing forward, to the rear almost a joke, but its like looking thru a slot; i'm sure i'll get used to that, it didn't bother me as much as i thought it would. I drove steadily for about an hour, just taking it thru the paces, no heavy downshifts, no engine braking, the clutch feel is good, very positive. The car is extremely tight, i love the heavy steering. And, without too much trouble, i was actually able to adjust the climate control to comfort while i was rolling. I stopped in Piermont and the car drew a crowd of a dozen within moments, no obnoxious remarks, just righteous awe of a piece of engineering you just don't get to see too often. I felt blessed and still giddy after i shut the car down in the garage. What a car!