The federalized Lotus Elise has a 2ZZ engine (the Celica GTS engine) that is retuned to make 190HP and has a meatier
I have seen a few of these on the road but I haven't had the chance to see one at an autocross!!
This leaves me in a quandry. I still have my heart set on a 1997-2003 Lotus Esprit, but the Elise will be new (read
warranty) and will cost about the same as a used Esprit. The 0-60 is roughly the same, and they are both mid-engine.
I think it may come down to what the wife is willing to ride in/will I fit in the Elise.