I recently, thru this forum, replaced all 4 wheels and tires with 800 mile "old" factory originals.
I forgot how amazingly grippy the stock stuff was! With both levels of traction control off, it's fairly hard to get the rears to break free, but It can be done with a MUCH heavier right foot than the Michelin's at 20,000 :reddevil .
I like the tires better when worn down a bit, but I do have to admit, in rain and even snow (Westchester, NY) the newer rubber grips beautifully--you'd REALLY have to push it way beyond "reasonable" (and I have a fairly high definition of reasonable for a 320hp 2 seater) with all of the traction control on, and tires under 15,000 mi to EVER break the rears loose :iagree .
BTW, the deals on this site can be amazing--I'm told that each 2004 factory wheel goes for $1,200, but I picked up 4 wheels AND 4 tires (800 miles on them) one scratch on one wheel only (MUCH better than mine) for $1,000.00 cash.:flag
I had to replace the tires because I couldn't pass inspection with my "slicks," otherwise I'd still be driving them (6 months to lease return).
I'm going shopping for a 2008 V as soon as they come out!