Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? Two weeks ago we (the Sutcliffes, not the magazine) bought an unusually decent one-owner, 2007 Honda Civic Type R, with a mere 35,000 miles on the clock but almost nothing left in the way of front tyres.
This week we fitted it with a set of non-original equipment Michelin Pilot Sport covers (standard size 225/40 18s), and the car has gone from being good to absolutely bleedin’ great.
Not only is the ride much more chilled than it was before (always a desirable modification to any Type R) but the steering has become cleaner, the turn in sharper – and there’s even a bit less road noise on the move, too.
Best of all, it just goes around corners better on the Michelins than it did with The Other Tyres in situ. It has more grip, period, but also feels sweeter and lighter on its feet somehow, as if the car’s entire dynamic personality has been seasoned with a sprinkling of je ne sais quoi.
And the cost? £492 – which may sound like a lot to spend on a new-used car on the surface but which is, in fact, a compete and utter bargain, given how much better the car now is to drive. In any case, it was a bit of a steal at £6200 in the first place, so skimping on tyres would have been mean in the extreme