I got a bit of a bashing today. Well my wallet did, not me or the car!!
I knew my rear tyres were getting close to needing replacing, and fronts not too far away either - so had a look at them today. Rears were 2-3mm (oops!) and fronts were about 3mm. I had decided that next time I got my tyres replaced, I was going to get 225/45/17's instead of the standard 215/50/17's. Main reasons being that it then opens up a much bigger choice of available tyres, bit more rubber on the road and they would also, hopefully, look a bit smarter (less balloney).
So I decided to get all four done at the same time at the local independent tyre place I use - all they do is tyres. Spent a bit of time with the guy discussing options and makes etc. Decided to go for the Michelin Pilot Sport 2, which he highly recommended. He's got them on his BMW 540 which he takes around Silverstone on a regular basis and said he hasn't had a tyre that felt as good as these ones did. Also, if they're good enough to be standard fit on the Koenigsegg CCR, then they're more than good enough for my 'little Signum'!
So went away for an hour or so while they fitted them. Collected the car and drove off with £500 of new rubber on it!!!
Took it for a little spin to see what they felt like (I know they won't bed in and really perform until the best part of 1,000 miles). They felt great!!! The grip is outstanding, they seem to be quieter than the NCT 5's I had on previously but the one thing that I noticed very quickly is that they are massively more stable under heavy braking. I got it up to *cough* mph on a dual-carriageway bypass before braking heavily approaching a roundabout. They didn't squirm or fidget or anything. The car braked smoothly and firmly. The NCT 5's would fidget and squirm a bit under heavy braking - I always thought it was the car not coping with the braking but it was the tyres! I did this on a couple of further roundabouts - firm and smooth every time - fantastic!
He also said I should get comparable mileage from them compared to the NCT 5's - even better! All thanks to the advances in tyre technology.
I can't wait until they've bedded in properly!!