You do know that the ITR continued outside the US after the 1996-2000 run correct? The RSX body was used for the Honda ITR overseas until 2006 and was not sold in the US. Acura isn't even a brand in Japan.
If you're lucky, the dealer will do a dealer trade for the color you want but with such limited production lately of Si and R's you basically only get the color you want if you are right place right time.
On top of shitty engines and transmission recalls, the back seat in the Elantra is too high and cannot fit a 6 ft tall person without your head being in the roof. I was looking at an N line and that was one of the reasons I said f that.
Next available date? What kind of dealership is that that has that much service scheduled? I don't know how they aren't sucking you off to fix it with how much you probably just payed them for that vehicle.
I had to search around for an Si as well but found one for MSRP plus $599 tint which is marked up but oh well. Best deal around. Even the Honda store that is part of the company I work for was trying to mark me up $3k as an employee.