For your info, here in Australia the Type-R version only uses the RSX Type-S engine but with LSD, Recaros, full JDM bodykit but only 16" wheels, etc. Same 147KW or 200HP engine as RSX-S.
I went to test drive this car one day, the car was very beautiful inside and outside, I was hooked initially.
After 2 minutes warm up and with 98% empty tank, I started to cain it on the road with dealer inside (my friend!!) and fark was I disappointed. 1st gear took about 4-5 seconds to finish, shifted on red to 2nd gear so its in full iV-Tec zone and the car still wasn't pulling. Furthermore the engine noise was unrefined relative to the rest of car's look, and disappointing compared to older Type-R (B18C), and the redline's only 8000rpm.
I repeat. The car WASN't pulling at all and no shove in the back could be felt for the driver (the passenger can feel it of course because he's not the one driving). Same goes in 3rd, 4th and 5th gear, no pulling power. No, not even 1st gear.
Anyone who's WRX is being beaten by an RSX even on a roll, you seriously need to learn shifting gears a bit better because the WRX should be a hell of a lot faster car and even more so with only slight mods.
Very disappointed with the RSX indeed.
Cornering wasn't that good either. It corners very well, high limits, etc, but the handling and feeling wasn't.
WRX is a lot faster car, trust me, except may be higher gears!!