Driving in stealth mode

I am in Ottawa this week, and my rental car is a 2007 Pontiac G5 sedan, silver, the tamest-looking Pontiac I ever saw (even the Aztec has more character). Because there is snow and sleet on the roads, I did not have a real chance to find out how well it handles, but my hopes aren't too high. It does have some power though, and surprised me on a highway on-ramp, when in complete contradiction to previous performance it suddenly went into high-revs and accelerated so fast I had to break not to rear-end some van.

Need I even mention it's an automatic? The first five minutes driving were weird, with my left foot constantly tapping on the floor, looking for the clutch pedal, and my right hand trying to shift...

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