It is a pricey little pistol but it is also a very well put together little pistol. Fit an finish on the one I had was excellent and it was fun to shoot. The sales price you listed seems a bit high, I've seen them locally for 1050. I picked mine up used for 850 and sold it a few months ago for 900. Go figure.
Everything about it is a 1911 all parts have been scaled down to make it smaller which is probably why it hasn't caught on more. Parts pretty much have to come from SA and there aren't a whole lot of customizing people can do to it.
Also I believe the EMP 9 was introduced in 2007 and the EMP 40 in 2008?