Does it still redline at 8k rpm? Or?
It'll redline wherever you want if you reconfigure the fuel cutoff, lol. Seriously though a lot of people rev them to 8.9k having reconfigured the fuel cutoff, I think 8.2k is the regular limit. Of course, the F20 in the S revved to 9.2 so there's still some difference. Once again people with s2000s often reconfigure the fuel cutoff to rev to 10k. Nuts.
Was out driving it a bit last night, and can report that this is one seriously fast car. It really is. Much faster than I expected. 0-60 in 6.1 (only half a second slower than the S, and as I mentioned, because it has a bit more low down, it 'feels' faster, especially in 2nd).
I'm really really happy with it, its a real Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Normal hatch until you put your foot down, then all hell breaks loose.
I'll get some video of a quick run soon, maybe after I change the exhaust so the vid has a worthwhile soundtrack. I'm thinking spoon N1. If you want to hear it, just go to youtube and type "ep3 spoon n1".