I'm a fan of Paul Elio's commuter vehicle, having built something similar myself and found it to be a great deal of fun. The difference is that his looks like a carefully thought through vehicle, and mine looked like a fugitive from a Mad Max movie set.
I subscribed to the publicity flaks from their marketing department and I get a new on about twice a week now. The vehicle when I saw it, admittedly a beta prototype, was described as soon-to-be 70 hp and about 900 lb. This would have been a quite respectable power to weight ratio, putting the vehicle in there with the V-6 Honda Accord.
I noticed that the available horsepower has been declining which I suspect is a result of increasing weight as the items not included on the prototype got bolted on and the 84 MPG number remained inviolate. Here are some numbers for comparison:
Vehicle Engine Wt HP Wt/hp
Honda Fit 1500cc 2577lb 117hp 22.02
Elio, Current 900cc 1200 55 21.8
Ford Fiesta 1600 2578 120 21.48
Hyund.Velocitor 1600 2657 132 20.13
Honda Accord 2500 3200 170 18.82
Honda Accord 3500 3200 245 13.06
Elio P3 1000 900 70 12.8
Mustang V-6 3700 3501 305 11.47
I'm not bashing the Elio, I know exactly what they are going through. The current model now sports a climate control system, decent radio, and windshield wipers that the earlier prototype (P3) didn't have. I'm sure it has other stuff that doesn't show and normally doesn't get mentioned. This stuff adds up and when you start with so little weight, every pound is a much larger percentage of the total.
They have no announced plans for a "sport" model, but the easily available options are interesting.
Elio Sport1 1000 1200 124(1) 9.67
Mustang SVT Cobra 4600 3780 390 9.69
Elio Sport 2 1100 1200 200(2) 6.0
(1) Uses Ford EcoBoost 1000cc turbo motor, unmodified.
(2) Uses Suzuki Hyabusa motorcycle motor, unmodified.
NOTE: These are NOT offered by Elio motors, and would no doubt void the warranty. See your friendly local hotrod shop. Undying fame for the first Elio owner to document 200 mph.
Elio will be distributing through factory owned outlets same as Tesla. If you can't get the dealership, perhaps you can become their Carroll Shelby.