I just came back from HRM and test drove the elise....Just some background on me...i just learned to drive stick-shift about a yr ago and do not consider myself a great driver. I thought the elise was GREAT. i currently have one on order and cant wait to get it now. The test drive was even better than i thought...what a rush. I saw 4 at the dealership (all sold except the demo was for sale) and some had the Starshield...i saw a car that was dirty with the starshield on it and it looked terrible..there was a dirt-line outlining the plastic pieces....i think i am going to pass on getting the starshield but i think i would get the Stage 2 upgrade for the exhaust. ....and one more thing...getting in and out of the car wasnt one of the better points...it seemed a bit tricky but easier when the roof is off. I ordered Ardent Red with the hard top roof but now i dont think i want my roof...anyone want to buy it once i receive it?