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GabbaGabbaHey,

My understanding iss that mid and rear drive cars will be only slightly impacted by the new euro regs. The new regs. pertain mostly to front engine cars which will need to have 10" of "soft impact area" in the front of the car prior to even a radiator or other hard member (no jokes please). Also the hood of some cars will need to be raised in order to comply, how this doesn't effect a Elise, I'm not sure but according to the autoweek article it won't.

Now as far as US standards, that's a different story. You will most likely see bumpers which will be visable through panel lines. Also the headlights will likely move higher as will most of the lines of the car. The sills will drop-reduce in width. The additional height of the car should make ingress/egress easier. Expect the car to get heavier and possibly a turbo/supercharger to compensate for the extra weight.
 
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