2018 Ford Focus ST1
Well I checked on Costco's site several times and finally called them up on the PS4S since they kept showing out of stock. The guy said there was a national backorder... Since I'm down to the "there's not much tread left at all" level on the stock tires, it was time to get something. Found that Firestone had a $60 per set rebate on the Indy 500's for the next couple weeks, so I'll be getting a set of those mounted up tomorrow morning and ditching the stock F1s for good.Yes. The Indy 500s apparently are solid performing (but not top-tier) summer tires for warm climates and used to be bargain priced. But at their current cost, there are better tires near that price point. Based on way too much time researching, the PS4S not only sets the bar all-around, but also hooks up better at lower temperatures than other summer tires. For me, the only reason I'm getting summer tires is that I'd like to actually see how well the car can accelerate in the first two gears and corner without (unintended) drifting. The latter has been a limitation going up and down the local canyons such as Golden Gate. Going uphill, the 'Torque Vectoring Control' can't prevent understeer with A/S tires and I've had oversteer both downhill and unexpectedly uphill at times. While the PS A/S4 and BFG Comp2 A/S+ seem to be as good as it gets with A/S tires, and apparently perform as well as many summer tires, the PS4S sets the standard to shoot for.
And as I've previously whined about, I'm only going to buy summer tires that are functional down to at least 32F since we have these morning temperatures > 7 months per year. And from what I've been able to find out, the PS4S hooks up better than typical at low temps. I have AWD/4WD vehicles for snow and we rarely get enough rain here to cause aquaplaning. Admittedly, just my opinion...
I seriously considered the PS4S tires, but with no discount, constantly being out of stock, and with the cost being close to $1K by the time installation and taxes were figured in, I just had to do something else. The reviews/testimonials for the 500s are pretty good, and for what I'm doing they'll probably be fine. I'm not that hard on tires. Heck, the previous owner burnt off 3-4/32nds of the F1s in the first 7000 miles of the car's life and it took me another 20,065 miles (so far) to burn off another 3-4/32nds from them. So, 27K+ miles on the stock F1s and they still have 3-4/32nds left isn't too bad... for a 240 treadwear tire, anyway.
I'll let you guys know how it goes, but I'm looking forward to them.