Pay to play. Right - this is America.
I got mine at $3k over sticker and the dealer honored GM $3k rebate/incentive. So essentially, I got mine at sticker. And I was fussy in that it had to be stick and no sunroof.
Dealer - Star Pontiac, Easton PA, recommend it - was buying as many of these as they could from dealers all over. Was one of the few cars that they were moving as fast as they hit the lot. Took me 3 months, no joke, of constant stopping by and emails to get a TEST DRIVE of a manual.
Is it worth it? absofinglutely. The $7to $8k wack over GT plus whatever they take you over sticker is a bit rude, but what other vehicle has a 6 spd manual with effective stopping that seats 4 large men and all their golf clubs and will hit 60 in 5 secs with all those guys and clubs in it???
Answer - 0 for under $80k. And even then, just barely. You really need a fat AMG Benz to equal performance. Maybe an A8L would do it, too.
But, it ain't all paradise. No redline in the tach on a manual. No s#@% - I still am fing slackjaw at the tach not having a redline. And no oil pressure, oil temp, or any tranny temp info whatsoever. Even the GT, I think, gets you an oil pressure reading.
I'm a week into ownership - one happy man. I've got a "few" vehicles to choose from - haven't driven anything except the 'xp since I got it 12 days ago.
And off I go. Gotta hit UPS before they close.