Have to say, even though I heard so many complaints about it, and probably because I didn't expect much from it, I'm enjoying it. Handling is like the last few NFS games, that being really... bad at low speeds. Anywhere the cars can get up to speed though, you just need to let the car slide and it'll get around the corner decently. Visuals are great, though I could do with less screen flashes.
As for modifications, I haven't had a long session with the wrap editor yet but that is going to be my timesink. Just gotta unlock all the decals first.