Welcome to Civinfo, it would be interesting to hear how your Civic compares to the VRS.
I've talking about it alot with friends. On paper the Type R FN2 has 20 more BHP then the VRS and a faster 0 - 60. I have to say the Type R feels, sounds alot faster then the VRS but not to sure about handling yet.
VTEC vs Turbo? In my opinion its nice to hear the engine and not the whistle of a turbo all the time (but when i got the VRS it was the other way around!)
VTEC really does give the car a nice unique sound.