Before I bought my Mini I was a big Pirelli person. When I first bought the car I was a little bummed that it came with yokohamas. however after I drove the car (I didn't drive manual at the time so my parents were the ones that test drove it for me) I was supprised how sticky they were, especially since they were all seasons. Also they are among the cheapest of the tires you can buy for the mini ($80 a pop). So good on you Yokohama, by making cheap and awesome tires made of super glue you've gained a loyal customer!