I haven't ridden the latest model, but this sounds pretty accurate. I've said before and will say it again, if you're looking for an in town commuter, look elsewhere. Otherwise the bike is wonderful. Reliability hasn't been an issue for me, even after all these years. Mine doesn't have all the newest electronic trickery though, so I can't comment much on that.
As far as a bike to ride in an, ummm...spirited fashion (canyons, track, etc.), it's the best bike I've ever owned. For a commuter or in-town ride, it's the worst. It will roast your ass between lights, and hot starting problems is a widely reported issue on newer model years. Maintenance is no different than a Japanese sporty, cost of ownership is the same. The sound is fucking amazing and nothing else can touch it. Only the Ducati comes close.