No I didn't know that. I didn't want to jump on the first model year when they came out. I was working at the PDX ramp at the time and figured I'd wait a couple of years. I really wanted a white one, but there were none in the state at that time.
Seems reasonable to me, this was the highest hp non-turbo 4.3L ever produced in an s-series. The 96 and later trucks were a little bit slower since they were down on hp but still in the 8 second range. On a 1998 Motor Trend episode an SS did 0-60 in 8.1 seconds, and an ext cab ZQ8 truck did it in 8.9.