Despite my boyish dreams, I've never been on a race track and probably never will be. I respect the Type R for what it is (only at $35K, though) - it's reasonably fast, handles very well for a FWD, turns heads, and looks "cool". One thing that turned me off of the Type R really quick (aside from the price gouging) was spending $1,200 on a new set of tires every 10K miles. My crystal ball says that tires are going to be an unpleasant and unplanned surprise for those who will be daily driving their Type R - at least until or unless some all-season tires become available in the Type R's size, but such a tire is counter to the primary purpose of a Type R. If you're going to cripple a high-performance vehicle with an all-season tire, you might as well buy an Si which is exactly what I did - it's 80% as fun on public roads at 50% of the price. If I were to end up with a Type R, it would be an additional vehicle for occasional use and definitely not my daily driver, but I can't being myself to buy a car like a Type R only to have it sit in the garage most of the time. It's just not economical as a daily driver.
tires are not a big of a deal, you can find cheaper ones for 160. Hankook brand. I'm going with 18's and all season performance myself, 30k mile tires. Car will never see the track and on the street I like my limits bit lower. Always ran all season performance on all my cars and they have plenty of grip least for spirited driving.