continental dws work great for me and get really good reviews. They are an all season tire, perhaps you should have tried those. BTW they are pretty quiet. For track duty either bfg or nitto.
will be buying the dws again, great all season winter tire.
My DWS Continentals just plowed through 9 inches of snow with little issue. For an 255/18 tire, they're also smooth and relativity quiet. Grip just fine. My car would also be classed as a performance car. The only thing I don't like about them is the price, but when it comes to price and tires... you DO get what you pay for.
Yes, I know they are all seasons, these are the tires that came with my (old) car. I had 295/30/19 on the rear, and 255/35/19 on front - they were absolutely horrible. Horrible traction issues on slight snow/rain and if it was a major snow storm, I would just give up driving my car. Can't say anything good about these tires - the Michelin Pilot Sport AS3 was better in every aspect, although quite a bit more expensive than the Conti's ($175 more per tire). On the track though, the Michelin had way more grip and performed much better in every weather condition.