I drove a Regal GS with a 6spd manual. Some would say it's not a competitor, but with a $39k MSRP, a 6mt and a 270hp 2.0T, it was worth checking out.
'98 Dinan/RMS stage 2+(VAC cams, CES Cutring etc)
'11 Saab 9-3 XWD tuned(wife)
'06 Saab 9-5 Combi 5mt tuned(Aero interior/Konis etc)