Yes, it is true that it is $51k and after negot 18%, that puts it to about $42k. Now a plain jane Bambi retails for $38k and after 18% would be somewhere about $31k. If you go with ANY CCD/SE you'll add at least $5k to that number. So to me, if you are going to spend more than $30k on a 19' plain jane Bambi or $36k to $38k for a CCD/SE 19' Bambi, it really makes the 23' unit attractive since comparing CCD/SE to CCD/SE the numbers aren't all that much larger. Of course if you're comparing and SOB to it, it's 3x or more than the nearest comp SOB.
My feeling is that the extra storage, dual axles, larger fridge, more fresh water capacity (for those that boondock), more windows and more space in general without getting into widebody and 3/4 ton thresholds, this in fact isn't that bad $$ as far as Airstreams go.
Now if you compare this 23' SE to the retro special edition 19' Bambi at $61k, this one is a bargin.
I agree with Axel though, once you have the larger coach it's harder to go back. Now that I've had our 25' I couldn't see going smaller since I like the even larger fridge, dual sink, dinette and couch and even more storage. For a person wanting to upgrade, but not wanting to get a more robust tow vehicle, this might be a great fit and might take some sales away from the 19 and 20 units.