When I took delivery of my base model TT back in late November, I only drove on the OEM tires for two days before swapping over to my winter tire setup. I enjoyed the Dunplop SP Wintersport 3D's all the way thru mid March, at which time I swapped back to my summer setup. Unforunately, I had gotten used to the comfortable ride the winter tires provided.
If you think the stock tires on the TTRS are bad, you have no idea how craptacular the OEM tires, Bridgestone Potenza RE050A, are on the base TT. When I get out of the car after a commute, I need to look at them because I honestly think I'm going to see wood grain rather than rubber. They are spectacularly horrible tires. Every single miniscule crack in the road results in a Ka-PING, Ka-PING. It's so loud it makes my ears hurt.
These tires will forever go down in history as the worst excuse for new car tires. Why doesn't Bridgestone just take this crap off of the market already? And, SHAME on Audi, a luxury brand, for putting wooden wagon wheels on a $43,000 car.
I really want to get some value out of these tires just to satisfy my sense of economic responsibility, but GAWD I want those things off of my car right now.