When I first received the car, it felt nimble and quick, with time the car has settled in and doesn't feel as nimble; after 8 years, I've decided to begin making it a more sporty car again by replacing the suspension with a european BAT suspension kit, put 18" wheels, and a new 20 mm rear sway bar, which after 8 years, all were pretty- much at the end of their service-lives, the nimbleness has definitely come back. The transmission comment made on your follow-up test posted 01-01-1999 hit it on the head about the car missing a low speed powerband and I would add a high-speed powerband when in fifth-gear for passing. Overall I'm happy with my vehicle and look forward to continued fun with it.
The car overall is satisfying and fun.
Transmission needs to be more in tune with the car's aggressive looks and move the shift lever just a tad back, it's too far up. Also, too much heat comes in by the feet, maybe poor designing or routing the vent system. Rear seats could be pushed back a couple of inches, helps out weight- balancing