In a quest of going completely stock, I've decided to fit a set of OEM 13-inch rims to my Proton Wira. Incidentally, it was already fitted with these tyres. They look alright, though I might want to change them soon as they're probably old.
In the dry, it performed admirably. I do get to thrash my car with this setup and at no point do I feel like it was struggling. Sure, it's not gonna make my car grip the road like a Nissan GT-R, but there's plenty of grip - more than I honestly need, as I drive in town mostly, while occasionally taking it through my favourite B-roads.
It was when the heavens open and the rain comes pouring, however, that these tyres truly come to life. My Wira will happily spin through 2nd and 3rd gear, and in the corners it becomes lively as you have to fight understeer and oversteer. In short, when its wet, my Wira becomes properly lairy. It's extremely dangerous, but it's fun. After all, don't we need a little bit of danger in our lives in order to truly enjoy?
You have to understand that here in Malaysia, raining season only comes once a year, so it is quite rare. For the most part, it's going to be blistering hot. In other words, these tyres are just decent. I can't comment much about the noise and comfort as my car is already unrefined to begin with, but they're good enough for me. I also can't comment on wear, but assuming these tyres are old when I got them, I'm very sure they can last a long time.
Will I buy these tyres again? I might, if I'm truly desperate. They're cheap, and they do the job well. However, I would like to try other tyres and see how they perform, especially in the wet.