Originally Posted by the wrong tone
This is exactly the point I was making. I was not actually trying to argue that the crap stock tires are the best option, just like I doubt the stock hp is the best option
I actually think that ~200hp is perfect for a car of this weight.
It's not one of the giant steel fatasses we've sadly come to accept as normal, so it simply does not need more hp. if it had to drag around another 700 pounds (like an Sti) or 800 pounds (like an Evo) and had to push it through a lossy awd drivetrain, then it could use more hp.
There are two ways to do things in auto performance. You can add hp to a heavy car, which is the option we've all been stuck too because you can't accomplish any drastic weight reduction on a factory vehicle. When you add hp to a heavy car, you also need to add brakes to haul the porky fucker down from speed, need to add wider tires and also need to add invasive electronic nannies to keep the poor tires from crying themselves to a smoking mess when you try to move fatty forward from a stop. Even then, you have a car with a lot of weight which is working against you in every transition.
The other way, which can only really be done at the manufacturer level, is to reduce the performance car to its essential elements in order to reduce weight. This approach allows you to accomplish better braking on lesser tires and with smaller brakes (reducing unsprung weight). Because it doesn't have the power to break loose violently and unpredictably, the nannies can be less invasive. Also, you can more confidently get on the throttle earlier when coming out of a turn. The overall reduced weight works in the car's favor in every transition.
As I've said a million times, and as I think Subaru and Toyota have stated even louder by releasing their versions of this vehicle: If you want more power, buy a different car. There's no shortage of cars with higher HP available out there. Feel free to select one.