Tyres are one of the most commonly ignored components, but they are the most important. Imagine that 4 small patches touching the road. Ever since I lost control of my car a number of times, especially tyre locking while under emergency braking (my car does not have ABS!). So I swore to myself, nothing is more important than outright grip, whether I'm driving fast or not. Michelin is one of the top tyre manufacturers in the world, wrapping the rims of Porsche, BMW etc. Michelin Pilot Sport is the top of the range road tyres. Pilot Sport 3 was launched early this year, and it has been getting rave reviews. Usually these tyres are only available for fast cars, from 16" to 19". But Michelin has decided to replace the Pilot Preceda 2 series with PS3. Finally some high performance tyres for the masses by including the common 15" size. Michelin PS3 is pretty incredible. It is relatively quiet, comfortable, and yet the grip level is probably one of the best by far. Usually, you can only get 2 out of the 3 traits above. PS3 is the closest to having all 3. But in terms of the looks, it is probably the ugliest looking sidewall I've ever seen for a high performance tyre. The outer shoulder looks remarkably close to the budget Energy XM1. It doesn't scream high performance if you only look at it. Overall, PS3 is definitely highly recommended for anyone looking for the safest tyres, and a certain S4 owner. Update: As you can see from the pics below, PS3 has a more rounded shoulder compared to PS2, it was intended to improve the wet performance, as one of the weak points of PS2 was the wet handling. PS3 is unusally soft for a high performance tyre, so Scott, if you like the responsiveness of PS2, you may have to look elsewhere. But in terms of grip level, it is phenomenal. Ran out of balls before I ran out of grip. Under braking, it is excellent too, no sign of stress at all. This is in comparison why my previous set of tyres, Falken ST115 which was pretty good, but PS3 is in another league.