In my (purely personal) opinion the Subie isn't exactly a light-weight either. Back when I started driving back in Germany, 1 metric ton (about 2200lb) was considered normal for you average car. But then I also like the A/C, 5seats, radio with CD, AWD... So we have to take the trade-offs. If you where to take out all the goodies, yes, you'd end up with a light weight and good performance, but then all the goodies are gone! So I guess we're stuck here. And then look at the Lotus Elise..., man, what a concept! And almost within reach... Just a wee bit tight.