I think it's totally fair to compare to a modified Miata or MR2, since even modified they will be cheaper than the Elise, and mods to the Elise won't provide nearly as much improvement. The more pertinent comparison was to the stock S2000, since that's the other prime contender for my next car (I don't intend to modify any of my cars, but many people do).
But my real point was that at 1800 pounds, even a modified car wouldn't be comparable, but at 2200 pounds I would start to weigh other options like the S2000 or mods to the Miata.
I don't think that a 2,200 pound Elise is at all likely. I am just responding to the hypothetical case that you suggested. If the Federal car really did weigh that much the weight gain could not consist of easily removable stuff. Anything you could strip out of a 2,200 pound Elise, you could strip out of a 2,200 pound MR2 or 2,300 pound Miata. And I'd much rather strip and mod the cheaper car, preferably one I could buy used. (Especially if the weight reduction is done a la the Sport Compact Car article about turning the Sentra into a lightweight performance machine using a sawzall!)
I guess I just have a powerful aversion to buying a lightweight sports car right after an unexpected weight gain. Been there, done that: I own a 2001 Miata. And that weight gain is peanuts compared to what we're talking about here.
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