I'm at 3 years and ~6,500 miles on a set of Nitto-05s I bought from Discount Tire Direct. As I knew of zero enthusiasts personally on any Sumitomo, I figured the Nittos (respected among drag racers at least) were worth a try and were just a bit more expensive than the Sumitomo choice.
My Nittos are OE sizes, grip well in dry, grip OK in the wet, and are about typical in terms of wear for my driving style on summer rubber (should last ~10k) which would probably be described as "aggressive." They feel inferior to the Michelin Pilot Super Sports on my Focus RS and the PS4s on my Z4M. I think they felt about as responsive and grippy as the Michelin Pilot Sports which I had on the Z4M for ~6 years- at least when they were not yet hard as a rock.
My next set for the V8 (I think) is going to be Michelin PS4. IIRC, the front size is *slightly* wider than OE, but maybe it was the rears. My sense is the Michelin is the more common choice for V8 owners who want a "step up" from the alternatives. Haven't read about any issues on LT going a tad wider, and I feel I've been paying attention to such conversations.
Unless the road noise is brutal, I never really notice tire differences there. I generally trust tirerack reviews as though it's gospel because the collective experience reported there has always matched mine (when I too own the tire). I'm not an expert, but do typically purchase ~3 sets of tires each year so at least I am unlikely to be full of sh1t. ;-)
'03 Lotus Esprit
'17 Ford Focus RS
'13 Subaru BRZ
'11 BMW X5M
'06 BMW M Roadster
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