....in the Toyota Celica GT-S. I wanted to become a little more familiar with the drivetrain. I thought the shifting was tight. There was a short throw which was a pleasant surprise. The car was easy to launch. No problem there at all. I did think it was a little anemic. Not a lot of punch when you got on it. The engine likes to rev, it is smooth and you can feel the valve timing and lift kick in around 4K. It just wasn't impressive. It didn't seem to pull all that hard. In comparison I drive an Audi A4 1.8T which I have modded slightly to produce 235hp/250ft-lbs. My A4 is definitely faster despite weighing almost 1000lbs more. I guess it's the torque. I hope the Elise's lighter weight and a Lotus tuned ECU will make the difference. Otherwise I'll be looking into one of the ever expanding turbo kits for the 2ZZ-GE. I've been lurking around the celica sites and it appears they have managed to get around the high compression quite nicely.