I'm in the market for tires too and I hope my question might be helpful to the OP as well as myself. I know ultra high performance tires do not wear as well, and might not be as quiet or as smooth riding as a lower performance tire. My question is, if I am not needing extreme grip to keep me from sliding off the road, BUT still want the subjective feel of my ride to feel precise, sharp, with immediate steering response, you know, that riding on rails metaphor,,,,will that be best achieved with ultra high performance tires? My only experience with ultra high performance tires was back in the day with Potenza RE950's loved the way those tires handled but perhaps I could have gotten the the same out of a lower performance tire. They also lasted many miles for me. Too bad they don't make them anymore, and the 970s and 980s don't get the all that great of reviews.As I recall, there were/are only 2 summer tires worth buying. Don't cheap out, you're betting your life and the lives of everyone in your car! I looked at Conti's ECS and Michelin PS4S. The PS4S seemed to be better on paper so I bought those. They stick like glue as long as you don't exceed the laws of physics.
As for tread wear, newbies need to realize that all ultra high performance tires are made with a soft rubber. And soft rubber wears much faster than hard rubber. If you bought hipo tires you bought them for performance, so don't expect to get more than 12K miles or so from them if you drive in city, where you're constantly stopping and starting. The fronts wear faster on a FWD car, and still wear faster with AWD. And I don't know about you, but I go with the study I read where once you get down to 4/32" depth your performance drops considerably, especially on wet roads. They only have about 9-1/2 32nds to start, so take that into consideration. You want long treadwear, go look what Gramps is rocking on his SUV.