Originally Posted by sajohnson
I'm not familiar with the A046s, but I can say that the T1-R's are very quiet and relatively smooth riding for a summer tire.
I don't think CR has rated the A046s, but I'm not sure. I do know the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 was the top-rated performance tire in CR's testing, followed by the T1-R. To find out how the A046s compare you might check Tire Rack, or perhaps a car mag has done a comparo, although I always take any info from a commercial source with a couple grains of salt.
If I were buying tires today I would probably go back to the GS-D3's although the T1-R's have gotten significantly better as I've put some miles on them.
Still, IMO, a driver should not have to 'break-in' a tire or rub off mold release agent before getting the max. performance from them. My first to sets of summer tires required no 'break-in at all. They were Bridgestone Potenza RE 730's and Firestone SZ-50 EP's.
I'm actually a little disappointed with the reviews on the T1R's... When the rumors were generating, it sounded like a great tire.
Anyhow, the A046 is the stock Advan tire that comes on the Evo. They are extremely stiff and stick like glue. These are part of the reason the Evo has such a great feel... however, they also ride harsh and are noisy. So I was hoping to get a tire with a little more compromise, but not detract too much from performance.
I've heard that the KDs are good too... A little pricey though I think.