Things are a bit odd, but I've possibly got an explanation.
Doing a 40 mile trip this morning in temperatures of around 2.5c, I wasn't that happy with the grip. It was all too easy to get wheel spin when accelerating in 1st or 2nd gear, and pushing hard into the country road corners the tyres were letting go and letting go at quite an early point.
So I'm thinking they still need a bit of scuffing time, but come lunch time when the temperature was around 12.5c, the handling became a completely different beast. No matter how hard I tried to get the front wheels to lose grip or get the back end to kick out, I could not get the tyres to misbehave in the slightest. Travelling over potholes, no loss of direction, driving over tram-lines.....no tram-lining.
At the end of the lunch break, I was as happy as Larry and as pleased as punch. To boot, road noise was still fantastically low and the combination of ride comfort and driver feedback was spot on.
End of the working day, hit the roads again, temperature is around 7c, and we're back to the same old dodgy losing grip routine from the morning. Perhaps not as bad, but pretty much a case of not wanting to push the Alfa as much as I could on the worn out Potenzas.
So, I'm taking a wild guess at temperature being the cause, and possibly a small factor of some minimal ice on the road. Is it possible that they could be affected so massively like this? Or am I just to keen to see what these puppies can do without giving them a chance to run in.
Have to say, that lunch time run was a joy.