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.