. . . The only thing I don't like about the V6 is the throttle lag which from the research I have done is solved by basic mods including: Tune, CAI, exhaust, etc… So I believe I will probably start there.
Handling has a bit of chassis roll to it around corners. Gripping the ground and staying level around corners would be nice. . . .
Mainly I am asking, with the money I have, where would you start? In the future I will get to everything, but at the moment I do not know if I want to start with power (as themangeraaad stated) or handling…
so many mods, so little time and money . . . but the fun is looking at all the catalogs and deciding what's next . . .
Tuner and CAI are common first mods and should help with the throttle lag, though it will never be like a good old throttle cable.
You can probably pick up a set of GT take-off sway bars for cheap money, and that should help with the body roll. Then you need to start learning about lowering springs, shocks and struts, etc.
GT take-off wheels and tires could be another real good buy. I am not 100% positive about the V6, but pretty sure you can use any S197 wheels, all the way up to 2013. (might need a different steering stop for 18" wheels?) 18 x 9.5" GT-500 wheels with Goodyear F1 tires can be had for about $1,000 for the set if you watch craig's list and the like.
One of the great things about these cars is that there is a huge aftermarket, and people are constantly taking off old parts and putting on new ones, so if their old parts fit your needs you can pick them up real cheap.
. . . If you're after handling and not just chasing appearance, avoid lowering much more than maybe 1.25".
Norm, why no more than 1.25"? Throws off the geometry? Steeda Sports are good, right?