This weekend I swapped out my Goodyear F1s for the new Nitto Motivos on my 392. I had about 13,500mi on my Goodyears, with the rear tires showing outer tire wear and the fronts still in good condition.
I decided to keep a staggered setup with 245/45/20 in the front and 255/45/20 in the rears.
I have a lot of city weekend driving and a long 450 mi trip ahead to round up the review so continue to stay tuned.
My initial feel is that these tires are squishy compared to the F1s, and almost like they could use a little more air for a more solid feel (perhaps sidewall flex and perhaps better in a less than 45 sidewall height). Reading other reviews, more air seems to be the trick. Currently, they are running at 33-34psi. They seem to grip well in turns but I'm not feeling total driver turning confidence like I did with the F1s. To the tires defense and after observing my speedometer multiple times, they have stayed planted with roughly the same entrance and exit speeds as the F1s and managed the same turns at the same speeds. I think part of the difference is tire noise; the Nittos are very, very quiet, over multiple road surfaces. I think this is part of the driver confidence aspect because I'm use to hearing the F1s and was using some of that road noise for vehicle feedback.
My understanding is these tires firm up over time and the squishy feeling goes away with a higher tire pressure and some road wear, approximately 1500mi. None the less, only time will tell.
When accelerating, such as an on ramp, it almost feels like the tires want to get squirrelly (more wheelspin), but, even with a slight squishy feeling and reality kicking in, they remain planted at WOT. I almost feel I have to delay WOT about a hair of a second later to give me the same feel of traction that I had with the F1s at launch but, squishy feeling and all, they still stick. I really need a place to do some quick accelerations to make a better determination.
By next Monday, I should have around 600-700mi on the tires and will be able to provide more feedback.
For now, these tires are my compromise for a daily driver, the Winter and more treadlife. They do provide a very comfortable ride.
Sent from my iPhone using Autoguide.com App