After arriving in one piece at Tahoe, Volvo let me play with the various traction and stability systems. And yes, if you slam on the brakes while trying to turn, or if you try to navigate a slalom course while keeping your right foot absolutely glued to the floor, electronic wizardry reigns everything in with absolutely no drama.
If you press the fun button, though, the one that shuts down the system...it's game on. Letting off the throttle and transferring as much weight to the front as possible results in surprisingly good turn-in, while constantly balancing the weight fore-and-aft lets you get the rear loose enough to have some serious fun in the slalom. Does it cut across the pavement like a bona-fide sport sedan? Of course not. But it's not that far off, either.