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For anyone interested:

After a 75 mile scuff in period I hit the (really hot - 100 plus) local canyons today for another 75 miles.

Initial impressions? Very very good tires. It's hard to say until they wear down and go through a few more heat cycles, but initially, I am very impressed!

Pro's:

Relatively narrow slip angle. Surprisingly good grip even though they are essentially brand new. Outstanding steering feel - at least as good as the RE050A's it came with, which inspires a lot confidence. Very little squeal. Very little wheelspin. Very good braking traction. Excellent tire for the money.

Con's:

Very firm sidewalls and somewhat noisy tread design. I dread them wearing down, that's when my Firehawks got REALLY noisy...but still had better compliance on rough pavement, lane markers, etc. Also, I went from a 225/40 to a 225/45 yet they are still a bit harsh. Very good tracking and straight line stability at high speeds.

Conclusion:

Considering their young age and the high temps today, I am seriously impressed! I like them a LOT better than the Firehawks when they were the same age. The whole car just has a more precise feel to it, and virtually no tread squirm (unlike the Firehawks). The feedback to the wheel is better too - I can definitely feel more on center and read the surfaces better, but that comes at some cost to ride comfort. They also have a little more steering effort but the payback is a much quicker return to center.

Anyway, very impressed so far! This is a much better match to the car than the Firehawks were, and have much more sportier and precise character. I would have no qualms about tracking these, in fact I think they'd be pretty quick. I was getting tossed about in my seat sometimes which hasn't happened since I had Star Specs.

Wet performance, uh, check with me on that in 2012
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FWIW, I rummaged through the canyons again today. I only have about 200 miles on them and a few real heat cycles, but I am still really impressed. They aren't the most comfortable treads in the world but the steering feel and dry lateral grip are superb!

Braking grip is a tad weak but not awful, and power grip is good but not amazing. It should get better as they wear down since they're so new but who knows. I do know that my car just feels much more precise and easy to drive at sane road speeds and that I like it!
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About the same impressions that I have had from these tires.

I've had them for two years now, and here are my impressions:

- they fade away relatively slowly (much much better lasting than the RE050...wich lasted me a summer and a half for the same style of driving) after more time and mileage than my 050, Im only at 8/32th front and 7/32th rear used ...so I can honestly hope in making at least another full summer season with them...if not 2.... I'm really impressed for the price and performance.

- lateral grip on dry hot roads is almost a s good as 050 (once they are warmed up)
But do not disable stability control if you feel like testing the limits...

- accelerating grip is not as good as 050's, (i can easily brake loose in 2nd gear, if I floor it, witch was harder to do with the 050's) but is still very decent considering fwd and massive TQ of our cars.

- In the wet, they evacuate water better than the 050's (highway), but cornering seems a little slippy. (cant say it its more than the 050's because I rarely take corners fast when its raining)
(i've had to recover a unwanted drift with stability off)... I had it off because it was sunny, then it started to rain and I forgot about having it off. I wasn't proud of myself...but at least nothing happened...close call tho. I have to think that it may not have happened with stability on....I would have to recreate this in a wet empty parking lot to be sure.

-personally , I dont find them noisy at all, and quite comfortable (but I got 225/45 r18) wich adds a little sidewall and width.

So I can say i would not hesitate to buy them again, depending on how they behave in the final years.
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