Yeah, same. I only liked the imported mr-s with their simple body kit, but this one kinda grew on me slowly.
It has got the standard 1zz-ge engine with a few mods bringing the car from 140 to 160, but because it is a SMT it doesn't feel that quick or responsive at all compared to a manual.
I had a MR2 before and all i did was slip the frame behind both seats and the wheels in the passenger seat. Worked every time.
But i do agree it's probably the most impractical car i know, but you only live once and it it was fun driving this car around London and Kent yesterday.
Have you consider an MX-5 or even a Z4? they're probably more fun and definitely more practical.