Nocturn: You forget that Chrysler's SRT division has been underestimating the power from the factory for some time. The SRT-4 was rated at 225hp and was putting that down _at the wheels_ bone stock from the factory.
Also, auto's are better for drag racing... a 5 speed automatic can be very consistent and makes launching much easier.
mjcnj: I'm not too worried about the transmission in the SRT-8 being able to hold up... after all, its the same 5 speed automatic that they put in the E55 AMG -- I dont see people going through those left and right. Same rear diff as well. This car is built on, essentially, the old Mercedes E-Class platform.
As far as precision and interior details, that remains to be seen in the long run. However, my CTS-V only has 900 miles on it, and its already been in for warranty work for a "creak" -- the hood latch was found to be faulty, and I am waiting on a replacement unit. So, manufacturing errors are not beyond even Cadillac.
Edit: The magazines that I've read show 13.1 for the CTS-V and 13.2 for the SRT-8 -- It is not beyond reasoning that someone at a track that hooks with good weather conditions could get the car to run into the 12's.. your talking about 2 tenths. Thats pretty easy to come by when there are factory freak cars running around.