I have had my Type R for just over a week now so I guess I'll give a quick little review and comparison as I've experience these 2 wonderful cars.
Exterior: well we all know the Type R looks astonishing on the outside and that rear spolier with colour coded trims makes all the difference! Although I think i prefer the Nighthawk Black with the blue glitter inside the paint as to compared with Crystal Black. But, still a very good colour. The fuel cap seems very thin compared to the type s???
Interior: the Type S had a very cheap feel all round, the dash had a really poor plastic feel: the driver side air vent feels like some flimsy plastic flap. The Type R has a very sturdy/solid feel to all the little mechanical parts that seems to have a professional finish to it
Engine: god... the best upgrade ever. it just accelerates so much better than the Type S. On idle it is dead silent: you don't know that the engine is on. But then you press the gas pedal and it wakes up with a powerful roar and slapping a big massive grin on your face
You accelerate up to 5000rpm and the engine sounds like its calling for you to change gears but then VTEC kicks in and it keeps on going!
Comfort & Handling: I think the Type R feels probably 3 times harder and 10x more painful than the Type S. You really can feel every bump on the road and driving over a little pot hole can be awfully painful. But when you push it around the corners, the grip is phenominal and hugs the corner so fantastically. Slight understeer which can be a little scary but careful and safe driving always fixes that problem
The firmer ride surely makes the Type R better handling than the Type S.
Bits & Bobs: The rear 3rd brake light sure is an improvement compared to the 07 Type S GT. It has more LED's in it now and looks so much better than the diffused look. The HID lights... I don't have much to say about those except I miss that little light adjuster knob that I use to fiddle around with all the time. USB/Ipod connector is somewhat inconvenient for me as I only have 1 Ipod USB cable. But solved that by plugging a memory stick directly into the USB port
. The footwell lights - initially very dim, you know the red lights are there but it was mostly blocked by the blue cap holding the light into the socket. But after using Gadgetman's mod it looks so much better and brighter than before and giving that all important little shine on the Type R badge located on the floor mats.
Bad Points: starting to get a rattle in the passenger side area... haven't located exactly where though. and that's about it so far...
Overall, extremely impressed and a huge difference from the Type S. Love the power and the handling, so awesome!