2019 QV Rosso Comp
I waited about 750 miles to follow up with this review. Part 1 is here:
I'm going to do this review in 2 parts, so as to give the tires time to break in. PART 1 Background My used QV came with Michelin PSS with some sort of weird treadwear issue after 7000 miles. Fronts had 7/32, rears had 3/32, and they were not driven particularly hard. Worse, I swapped from my...
Bottom line up front: I wholeheartedly recommend these tires for street summer driving in moderate to hot climates.
Continuing from where we left off: I was initially concerned that these tires had plenty of straight line grip, but were less sharp on turn in. For the first 600 miles or so, that was absolutely true. Then, suddenly, I wore through the molding dots and things changed dramatically.
You can see the dots near the edges in the photos. In addition, I came to pressure choices of 32 rear, 36.5 front by using the "autocross" trick with chalk on the tires. The break in period and the fine tuning of pressure are both critical for these tires.
At roughly 600 miles, the steering, for lack of a better word, developed a huge amount of "heft". It felt like driving a tank. If you've driven a non-QV and a QV with Michelin tires, then you know what I mean by heavy steering. I had been missing that in these tires, and when it arrived it was like throwing a switch.
The steering weight immediately inspired confidence, and much like Takumi in Initial D I suddenly felt like I had "my car" back. The lateral grip is absolutely intense. I'm taking corners at 10-30mph faster than was comfortable on the MPSS. The straight.lone grip is brilliant. The temperature band is brilliant. The tires are just great.
They really do feel responsive and stuff now. The difference was pretty big- soft enough in turns that I was worry I had made the wrong choice, then suddenly so stiff that I stopped obsessively visiting tire rack.
They also aren't invincible. Promptly got a nail in one, whomp whomp.
So what's lacking? I suspect that if you are tracking the car, you might need more. These are pretty durable on track, but I have no way of knowing. Similarly, if you must run at the recommended PSI, you will find them soft.
On the other hand, if you are willing to adjust and play, these are a cheaper, more widely available, and compelling alternative to Pirelli and Michelin. For me, I suspect these will be my go-to over time. Next year I'll do a follow up review.