This isn't designed to be the next competition-destroying race car; it's designed to be fun. The engineering team didn't care about getting the power levels above 200 horsepower like some other companies; they wanted to make sure the power band was exciting. They didn't care about providing tons of grip; they made sure the car was thrilling after exceeding the tire's capabilities.
This is a car for people who want to have fun. No doubt there will be plenty doing well in competition with a bit of tuning, but it's mostly significant in that it heralds the return of the simple, fun sports car.