Other than the shift points, it feels almost identical to the older ~300HP V8. It's a big difference. Enough so that my son's getting a used V6 with 200HP instead of mine to drive as his first car. That he could manage. Mine, he'd wrap around a tree without realizing it. 100HP and VVT is a big difference, especially once you hit 3K rpm.
Go test drive one. It's the best way to tell the difference.