Paul,SDImolaS2 said:If you have a M5 mit S2 your car deserves nothing less than the Michelin PS2s.
I have had mine one week and they are a large improvement over the original SP8080s that were on the car. Better turn in, much more precise steering responce under load, better grip. So far they are at least as quiet and don't tramline at all. They are perhaps a tiny bit firmer riding but miniscule reduction compared to the handling improvement.
It's not a direct comparison but my 98 M3/4a is running Toyo T1Ss. I am happy with them, they have good grip, are quiet so far and ride well. There was a percetible reduction in steering responce/precision compared to the Pilot Sports I had on the car previously, however the Toyo are smoother riding and quieter.
M3 with Pilot sports was much more nimble than the M5 (S2) with SP8080s. The M5 with PS2s actually feels a little more nimble and than the M3 with Toyo. I can't imagine how sharp the M3 would handle with the PS2s....
If you want plush tire the T1S is a great choice and they are on sale. Locally I could have got them for $770 including mounted/balance/tax which is a great deal. I hear the handling perks up at higher than stock tire pressure but haven't played with that yet. Haven't tried the new Goodyears but sounds like they are fairly comparable or slightly better.
However if performance without any substancial compromise is your game and cost isn't yor primary issue: the PS2 seems a great match for the car and the price thru Tirerack is not too bad.
Thanks for the response. I am currently pricing a set of PS2's with my local dealer.
I have posed this question to another S2M5 owner but I'd welcome your opinion as well: did you stick with "stock size" on your PS's, or go larger? Any opinion on inflation pressures in my situation - usually 180# me driving alone, sometimes with 120# wife, less freq. with wife and two 120# daughters? Thanks,