That interior is sick.
Is it really UNDER powered? Only the final weight will tell us that. In any case, they're just setting it up for later upgrades.
is 350hp achievable with this engine?
I would buy this car once I have kids. Right now if you've got kids, you can't DD an Elise because there is simply no where to put them if you need to pick them up unexpectedly (sick at school, etc.).
The car should get above 30mpg as well - our Lex uses the same engine (earlier, smaller displacement) and gets about 28 if we're cautious. Take away the slushbox losses and the extra weight and 30 is doable. That is a magic number for people right now.