Finally drove a '11 V6 Stick today. Most awesome car I have ever driven. I have had a '80 straight 6 Ghia Hatch, '88 4 cyl Coupe, '91 LX 5.0 Coupe, and a '04 GT ... and this car beat them all. This car IS a Muscle car. Just one piece of advice, dont drive the auto ... go with the stick. This car easily caught 2nd, then 3rd ... and if I'd had the room I feel 100% that it'd have caught 4th as well. It just plain hauls @$$. The one I drove had the 3:31 rearend and it was a blast. Does anyone know how much it reduces gas mileage though? It didn't have the Brake/Handling package. but I didn't miss it at all. The one I drove was a Premium model, does anyone know if you can get the 3:31 or the Brake/Handling packages on the Base model? And the exhaust was fantastic as well. All around a GREAT car. Believe the hype! (I can't even imagine how unbelievable the 5.0 is going to be ... but it is out of my price range).