Tony, the forks retails at north of a grand. (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=49622
In regards to the overall bike, this is over the top, however, they have got to have a flagship for Marketing purposes alone, they probably sell <5 globally of this Model, although, if you want an off the peg sub 900 Gram frame your choices are limited to 1.
As for being known as the worst handling, I find that laughable, for what they are designed to do (Racing), they are brilliant at it and the amount of these at the start line of any decent XC race is testament to that.
The DT Siwss forks get bad comments due to their reliabilty, por rather lack of.
re: handling - I'd be surprised if that were true; the geometry is probably the same as any other hardtail so I canot see how they would handle worse (or better).
be interesting to see what the brakedown cost of the parts is and how much is added on top for kudos. (bit like the huge hike for the top Cannondale Scalpel Team Ulitmate).