Driving a Celica GTS will give a rather rough idea of the kind of acceleration we will get out of the Elise. Dropping 500-600lbs is huge. My understanding is it uses a closer ratio gearbox then the US Celica. Add in the extra 10 hp and a bit of Lotus tuning (hopefully to smooth the cam shift over). My MR2 Turbo is putting out about the same #'s as your A4, with 2800lbs to pull, yet the Fed Elise looks like it will beat it by a full sec. to 60mph... that's fast enough for me.