If you are looking for a performance winter tire. This is it. I've used normal winter tires on a Honda Civic before and i hated the handling and the noise and the grip in the rain and dry wasn't that great. With my performance package Mustang GT, I knew i wanted to maintain the sporty handling that the car had on the factory Pirelli P-Zero Maximum Performance Summer tire. I also wanted to maximize wet weather grip because we get a lot of rain in the winter here and only a couple of weeks of snow.
The wet weather grip of these tires is simply unbelievable. I took a friend on a ride, who also has a mustang gt as well and even he was amazed by the wet weather grip of these tires from the passenger seat. I have taken these autocross racing in the rain twice and in the dry once. The lap times I was able to achieve in the rain, I have to attribute to the tires. Even on cold dry roads, these tires have good grip and maintain the sporty handling of the car. The only downside to these tires is that they don't have the same grip in the ice and snow as the extreme winter tires like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS series or the Michelin X-Ice Xi3. However, the pilot alpins were confidence inspiring in the snow and ice and have better grip than all season tires, I even passed a snow plow that was clearing the highway. Drifting in the snow was a lot of fun with these tires as well.
So if your primary considerations in a winter tire are wet and dry grip on cold days with good handling, with pretty good but not the best snow and ice grip. Then stop looking around and buy these tires.However, If you want a little more snow and ice grip while sacrificing some dry and wet grip and sporty handling, check out the blizzak ws series, michelin xi3 or Nokian Hakkapelitas