I didn't realize the Intense was VPP as well. It's definately not Santa Cruz's VPP.
I've posted quite a few ride impressions so far, but I've had mine for about 2 weeks now, and I love the thing to death. The only things I changed from the XT build is the grips to GC3, nice and big, but added a bit of weight. I also put on a Joplin, a different front tire, and a larger front rotor. My build is currently 28.5lbs.
I love the bike, and it has taken everything I've thrown at it so far with ease. The cockpit feels great, it climbs great, and descends great. The only thing that I'm thinking about changing, is taking of the large chain ring, swapping the middle for a slightly larger one, and putting a bash gaurd on.