Genuine Type Rs are the awesome. It is sad the way they are desacrated. These are not cool. I worked at an Acura store, and rode in a 98 Type R. The engineering is simply phenomenal.
The DC5 (RSX) Type R(not sold in the states) is the fastest FWD car around the Nurburgring.
Not tryin to knock you or anything. But the United States has strict emissions. That why the Japan models always have more power than the same exact model that comes to the states. Thats why if you try buying a Skyline you got to spend 20k+ so it could pass emissions and safety specs. But on another note. Yes it is funny no matter what you do to an import it is automatically considered rice. But the best part is when you see those "rice" parts on domestics.