I bought these for the M3 and the 540. Both are manuals. I really like that tire a lot. Can't compare them to the pilots, though. I like driving my tires on low air pressure to get more traction and road feel (28 lbs front/rear). I only have good things to say about these tires, but the tread life. The rears on the M3 convertible are done. Overall, these tires are very, very good, and you can't beat the price.