The competition might be "only" running low 14s" but The Si's can barely scratch 15.0 and the Honda traps 5-9 mph lower. Sure straightline isnt all that either but yet again the competition takes the Si at the track. When the ITR came out there might have been faster cars but none that handled better or offered the character of the Type-R.
What makes us think that the next Civic wont be much better than the current platform? Because the current platform was based on the RSX and Hondas recent track record of making micro improvements and getting leap frogged. They are not the only manufacter on the block that sells reliable fun to drive cars. Hence for the first time in 10 years i no longer drive a Honda. I DO vote with my wallet.