I think it'll be a cool quad, but dang is it PRICEY. I do suspect it may be faster stock for stock than the Predator, but we'll see. I love the fact that it kept the flatside carb instead of getting one of these lame-ass Mikuni BSR things. I can't wait to put a flatside on my Predator.
Speaking of the weight difference... I think that's the main reason it costs so much more. It has lots of aluminum on it, where the Predator has steel (control arms for example). Once the aftermarket starts making aluminum control arms for the Predator, we'll be able to shed a lot of weight. It's also worth mentioning that the Maxxis tires are pretty heavy compared to the tires that come on other quads, so there's more weight that can be dropped. Heck, I bet that by putting my sand tires on (Haulers and Dunetrackers), I drop ten pounds easily.
The handlebars are steel too, and quite heavy. My Trail Tech bars are lighter, but the Dashboard is heavy, so I doubt I saved any weight when I changed those.