These look very promising. Very good review here, saying pretty much it's most of the way from a Conti DW to a Michelin PSS in performance. http://www.motoiq.com/MagazineArticles/ID/4456/TESTED-Continental-Tire-ExtremeContact-Sport.aspx My backstory on this is as follows: I have 16 inch wheels and have used 205/50/16 tires for 14 years on my MINI. I loved the Bridgestone Potenza S-03 Pole Positions that I got when the Cooper was new, even though they were on the heavy and stiff side of the spectrum. My next tires were Dunlop Sport Maxx, which were a step down in performance, but still quite adequate. My current tires are Continental ExtremeContact DW, which are a little soft in response and have very good but not great dry performance, and outstanding wet performance, and are light and have a very nice ride. One of them has a pretty big plug repair, they're halfway worn down, and have gotten a bit noisy with wear, and they're no longer made in 205/50/16, in fact, there are currently NO max performance summer tires in 205/50/16 on Tire Rack, so I'm drawn toward: Firestone Indy 500 - available in 205/50/16, but a step down in category from my previous max performance summer tires, and they're Firestones (not an inspiring brand for performance), but they seem to test incredibly well for an ultra high performance tire, at the head of the pack, above the BFG G-Force Sport Comp-2. Or the new Conti ExtremeContact Sport in 205/55/16. I've always said if they made the Michelin SPP in a 16 size for the MINI, I'd jump for it. I'm pretty happy with the DW, and I think I'd be significantly happier with the Sport. Also in the running would be the Yokohama Advan Sport V105, but I'm thinking I'd favor the new Conti EC Sports over these. Anyone have any experience or thoughts on this. The eminent arrival of Spring has given me a little bit of the old summer tire fever. By the way, they also make the Conti ExtremeContact Sport in 205/45/17 and 215/45/17.