Re: Your Bucket List Car
Supercharged Elise is the way to go. Exige looks more agressive, but having that extra viability out the back is so much better for sanity. Mild supercharger kit to bring it to 260-300hp and you're perfect. Stock NA car is still fun, but that extra grunt so you don't have to rev the snot out of it constantly is nice.
I'm with you on the 944s completely though. I'd love a turbo, but wouldn't turn away an NA.