So in the end the dealer would let me test the stock V4 but not the S. I decided to get the S figuring that on the rough Texas highways the electronic suspension would pay off. So far I think I overbought. At least for the first few hundred miles on road, really can't say I can appreciate much difference between the two. I think you had the best advice - just wish I'd seen the comment before buying.
Dunno 'bout that.
The V4S with stock settings is a bit underwhelming but changes to both Dynamic and Fixed modes will change the ride and handling A LOT.
Also, on public roads I change riding modes between rough and smooth pavement. It works a treat!
PM me if you want some numbers or go to Dave Moss's site.
2008 S4RS Tricolore
2008 848>1040 (track)
2011 MTS S-Touring
2014 1199S Panigale (track)
2018 V4S Panigale (track)