You read that right - just ordered mine.
Escort is taking a few pre-orders on this detector in BLUE for $499. they say they are also addressing the ramp-up issue with this (but who knows on that part-I just want the blue).
Delivery will be in early Nov. (scheduled) and they will have production on these after that.
I hope I am not violating any rules by posting that - just found out today as I had mentioned to them I wanted one back in July when I made my trials and eventual STi purchase.