Welcome matey, and I know EXACTLY where you`re coming from !
I`ve also owned 2 Honda Civics, the Type R, and I prefer the GT to both, especially the new-shape one !
The first one I owned around 5 years ago, (the EP3 for those that know), and it was a FANTASTIC car, and will go down as one of my all-time favourite cars that I have owned.
The second one, on the other hand (the FN2), just wasn`t the same, somehow, and felt slower, and less capable in the handling stakes. It`s no secret that Honda made the FN2 as a Type R to appeal more to the masses, and maybe it did, but for fans of the original CTR, it was always going to come second........
Anyway, maybe it`s me growing older (as we all do in the end
), but although the Alfa GT is less hardcore than the EP3, it goes around corners almost
as well, but is much quicker and torquier (at least the 3.2V6 is, which is the only one I have experience of), and is FAR more comfortable a car to drive...........