As many of our more regular members know, I was recently in the market for a new set of tires to go with my new set of wheels. I knew I wanted something in a 245/40/17, and didn't want to spend more than about 150$/tire. My initial tire choices were the Direzza Star Spec Z1 and the BFG KDW2/NT. The Star Specs offered superior handling, the KDW's offered a slightly lower price (by like... 10$ a tire) and higher treadlife. The KDW's were decided against after reading several reviews that said these things howled at higher RPM's, especially once they wore down. My stock Potenzas were about shot, and sounded like they were going to explode, so this was a big do not want. This left me with the Star Spec. Shortly before purchase I wanted to quadruple bajillionty check and make sure that they were the right tire, so I started reading more reviews about hardcore tires, mainly the Nitto NT-05 and the Kumho Ecsta XS. About the same time, it was revealed to me that I could get a deal through Discount Tire, so we started comparo shopping to see what the best deal was. The Kumho was *slightly* less expensive, and DT couldn't get me the NT-05 in time. The Kumho was written off after they were said to have kinda poor wet grip. So, Star Specs it was. Let me tell you, they're amazing. They are kind of loud at speed, but this is not a big deal to me. The grip they offer though, is unbelievable. I pitched it through one of my favorite combo corners on my way home, and the increase in speed I was able to carry was AMAZING. The car felt absolutely planted and I honestly wonder where the limit is, since I have yet to find it. Given what I was able to do with that combo set, I'm a little worried about actually finding the limit, because once I do, I have a feeling it's going to be WAY beyond salvaging. Bottom line, I'd recommend these to anyone.