I had drilled rotors and the Carbon Metallic pads on my previous car Cadillac XLR and loved the combo, so when my new car needed new front pads I went with what I knew best, the Luk Schaffer's. I totally agree at first they seem almost ""soft"", but when you get on them they grab just as hard as the stock pads. So for me that was a benefit because I always felt the car kind of shake slightly when first applying the brakes with the stock pads, but with the LUK Schaffer it's a much more gradual grab so it's smoother braking.