while driving a
(225/45 R17 W) on
a combination of roads
Sticky responseive and they sound like you're being pursued by a helicopter :). Ok maybe not that bad, but not a quiet tire, but really that wasn't what I was looking for. The grip in wet where there are no puddles is actually ok, but the wide tread pattern can make a puddle over an inch deep somewhat more exciting than desireable. Mind you I've never lost control, but the wonderful feedback of these tires and the Lotus suspension begins to tell me that I am not 100% connected to the road when the water gets deep and I have any decent speed.
If you want a SUMMER performance tire these are awesome but the buyer should be aware that they must not be stored, let alone driven below 14F. Failure to abide by this restriction *may* result in irreparable cracking in the tire side wall, and in some cases eventual tire failure. There are reports of folks successfully driving these in snow, but that's insane for grip reasons even before we get to the temperature issue.
The temp issue is important and this site comes up as one of the first hits for A048 cold weather lotus, so to save folks a lot of time here's a link to my blog where you can read about how to tell if the cracking has occurred and when you should be concerned by it. http://the111shift.blogspot.com/2010/03/yokohama-a048-cold-weather.html