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Michelin Pilot Road 4 - Launched

Michelin Pilot Road 4 - Rear

The new Michelin Pilot Road 4 is here, and it’s good.


David updates us after his Dunlop Winter Response 2s come off. 

Hankook product line update

There’s no ignoring Hankook these days as the chances are if you are in the market for a new Mercedes or BMW it will come on the Korean maker’s tyres. Motorsport followers will also know it from its supply of the control tyre for the high-profile German DTM touring car race series.

This growing confidence and profile also saw it stage its first media tyre launch at the Castelloli race circuit just outside Barcelona, Spain. Apart from passenger rides in the mighty impressive Mercedes DTM car we also got to see four tyres from the Ventus line-up including, importantly, two new patterns – S1 evo2 SUV and V12 evo2.

2014 Test World Summer Tyre Test

205/55 R16, a Ford Focus and the usual wide array of wet and dry tests summarises the 2014 Test World summer tyre test. 

The Ferrari Enzo, Lexus LFA, Porsche 997 Turbo, Ferrari 599 GTO. These are seriously fast cars, which place extreme demands on their tyres, and just some of the range of premium hypercars which have chosen to be fitted with the Bridgestone S001.

Bridgestone S001 on a Ferrari 458

Following on from yesterdays 50 tyre shootout, Auto Bild have tested the top 15 tyres more thoroughly, putting them through the usual mix of wet, dry, wear and NVH tests.

Fifty sets of tyres, wet and dry braking from 100kph (62mph), and the best 15 tyres go through to a full tyre test. It's a simple concept, but it always gives us an excellent overview of the current state of the tyre market. 

The new Continental Winter Contact TS850 PIt’s the winter tyre every sports car driver has been waiting for, the new Continental Winter Contact TS850P is here!

Replacing the TS830P, the TS850 P builds on the strong foundation of the TS850. Available in Autumn 2014, the TS 850 P will cover from 16 inch to 22 inch rims, and is aimed at the performance car.


Michelin Alpin 5 - Launched

The Michelin Alpin 5 has been launched, replacing the Alpin 4, Michelins award winning premium touring winter tyre.

Aimed at the premium touring segment, the Alpin 5 has been launched in 27 different sizes, from 195/65 R15 to 225/55 R17. The Pilot Alpin range continues to cover the larger / high performance sizes, with the Michelin Pilot Alpin 4 available in sizes 17 inches and above.



The new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 is here, and we’ve been lucky enough to compare it directly to its predecessor - the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup+.

Read on for our full thoughts.

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Launched

David takes a look at what the new Dunlop Winter Response 2s are like to live with every day.

2013 Winter Tyre Buying Guide

Thanks to recent harsh winters, the best tyre for the UK roads is a hot topic, and with 2013 predicted to be the harshest winter of recent times, now is the time to be swapping tyres.

UK winter tyres need a different blend of abilities to northern Europe winter tyres, with priority being placed on cold wet driving, rather than all out snow and ice grip. We have no need for nordic “full winters”, or studded tyres, and on balance they’d perform worse in our climate.

After testing 50 different winter tyres in wet and snow braking tests, Auto Bild have taken the top 15 performers through to a final shootout. In this super test, they've examined 16 aspects of the tyres performance, including all aspects of their snow performance, wet and dry capabilities and various other tests, such as wear and rolling resistance in 195/65 R15 on a VW Golf.

Read on for the full test!
Nine different performance winter tyres on an F10 3 Series in 225/50 R17 have been put through their paces by Auto Bild magazine.
What's the new Bridgestone S20 HyperSport tyres like on an everyday bike? Read our long term test to find out!
With the line between all season and winter tyres becoming increasingly blurred, its good that one magazine places all three tyres of tyres in the same test.

This years Auto Bild all season tyre test includes a summer, a winter, and the nine newest all season tyres, and tests them on dry, wet and snowy roads. Using a 195/65 R15 H tyre size, the tyres were tested on the now de facto tyre test car, the Golf 7.

Uniroyal Rainsport 3 - Launched

It's been over 10 years since the Uniroyal Rainsport 2 was launched with the firm goal of being the "best in wet". 10 years later and the Rainsport 2 is still putting on a good show in group tests, and getting excellent reviews about the wet weather performance it provides, but its age is starting to show and it's getting slightly bested by modern rivals.
Vredestein have a loyal following in the UK. The Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta is loved by the ultra high performance market, and their Wintrac range of winter tyres are extremely well regarded.

This year they've replaced the Wintrac Xtreme with the Wintrac Xtreme S. Available in all common sizes between 16 and 20 inches, this is certainly a tyre worth checking out if you want to keep your high performance vehicle mobile in ALL conditions.
As usual, the UK magazine Auto Express have waited until October to publish their summer tyre test. While the timing of such an article is a little curious, the test itself is excellent.

Auto Express have tested ten different patterns in the extremely popular tyre size 225/45 R17. Using a VW Golf 7, Auto Express put the tyres through the usual range of wet, dry, noise and fuel tests, and for the first time in over a decade returned to to Goodyears test track in the south of France.
After a long break, the German tyre experts Auto Bild are back with a fresh trackday tyre test.
A few years ago, testing a 255/55 R18 tyre on a Porsche Cayenne would have been classed as a niche, but with the rise of the "Chelsea tractors" using larger and larger tyre sizes, 255/55 R18 is now a common size.

2013 Test World Summer Tyre Test

As this is a Finnish test, the main parameter during this 2013 test of summer tires wet traction, which is useful for those of us in the UK. The stopping distance on wet roads gives a fairly good idea of ​​how well the manufacturer has tuned the rubber composition, design, construction and tread pattern.
The newly released Bridgestone Adrenalin RE002 takes Bridgestone in a new direction. Previously Bridgestone tyres have been designed with OE fitment in mind, where grip, steering feel and wear have been compromised by OE requirements such as rolling resistance, noise and comfort. The new Bridgestone Adrenalin RE002 hasn't been aimed at OE fitment, it's a purely aftermarket tyre designed for driving enthusiasts.
As usual, the Russian magazine Auto Review have delivered a wealth of information with their summer 2013 tyre test.

Read on for the full details!

2013 Summer Tyre Buying Guide

With the sun due to appear somewhere over the British isles sometime soon, and the German tyre test season in full swing, now is the perfect time to review the options for summer 2013.

While the maximum performance market hasn't had many new launches in the past twelve months, the premium touring segment has had a shake up with the introduction of two new tyres from Goodyear and Dunlop.

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235/35 R19. 305/30 R19. A 997 911 Carrera S and 5 sets of the newest track day tyres designed to give you the ultimate driving pleasure. It sounds like our dream test, so quite how we missed its publication last year we'll never know.
"Beyond the label" was the theme for the launch of the Goodyear EfficientGrip replacement, the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance, but instead of just talking about the 3/15/50 message, we actually got to test two different brands of B/A labelled tyres back to back in wet handling and curved aquaplaning.

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This years 2013 Auto Zeitung tyre test included twelve 215/55 R16 summer premium touring tyres. As ever, read the comments attached to the results for the full story!

2013 54 Tyre Braking Test

54 tyres summer touring tyres in 195/65 R15, wet and dry braking, measure the distance. A very simple test gives us a very good overview of the market.
We don't usually analyse the European tyre test, carried out by the excellent German ADAC organisation, but this one was too good to ignore.

Not only is it the first year they've used a tyre larger than 16", there's several new tyres involved in the 225/45 R17 tyre test. It's the first time we've seen the new replacement for the Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta in a group test, along side some of it's new mid range stable mates, the Toyo T1 Sport and the Falken FK453, and its the first time we've seen the Continental Sport Contact 5 beat the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2. Interesting!

Yokohama Advan V105 - Launched

The new Yokohama Advan V105 has a lot to live up to. Its predecessor, the Yokohama Advan V103, was launched in 2004 and has proven to be an extremely popular and capable tyre, winning numerous OE fitments including the Porsche 911 and Cayenne, the Bentley Continental GT, a number of AMG vehicles and many VAG fitments.
Perhaps one of the worst cars on snow, an automatic (SMG) BMW M3 with 255/35 R19 rear tyres in a "race" against various other vehicles.

The first one to the top of the small, snow covered incline wins. Traction control turned off in the M3 and always started in 1st gear. Oh, and the M3 has Michelin Pilot Alpin 4 UHP winter tyres.

In order of "race" appearance:

1) M3 vs BMW 118d Manual. Drive wheels are new 245/35 R18 Nankang NS20 summer tyres
2) M3 vs Ford KA. Drive wheels are 165/35 R13 budget summer tyres
3) M3 vs BMW 118d with extra weight over the rear wheels
4) M3 vs VW Passat Manual with an extra runup. Drive wheels are new 205/55 R16 Dunlop SP Sport summer tyres

Apologies for the quick editing.

With the winter tyre market starting to develop in the UK, a lot of people have been discussing all season tyres. UK winters are characterised by long, cold wet spells, and when the snow falls our road systems grind to a halt due to 99% of the cars in use are running summer tyres.

Read on to see how the stack up against a summer and a winter tyre, in all conditions.
kumho v70a and Toyo T1R With the increase in trackday popularity, semi slicks have been getting a lot more attention. The Toyo R888 is arguably the leader in the market, featuring as the OEM tyre on a number of extreme high performance Japanese Sports Saloons, but it isn't the only semi slick worth considering. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cups comes fitted to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS by default, the Kumho V70a was the winner of the Autobild group test, and the Yokohama Advan A048 is the Lotus tyre of choice. The market has progressed from only a handful of options 5 years ago, to now over 20 different semi slick trackday tyres available.

With all this new interest comes a lot of confusion, and there are a few basic questions that come up fairly frequently. "Should I put trackday tyres on my car?", "How much faster is a semi slick over a road tyre", "Will I crash on a trackday tyre at the first sign of rain?". All good questions, but no one seems to have answered them particularly well.

To answer the above we got ourselves a set of road tyres, a set of semi slicks and decided to head to Donington Park on a warm summers morning.

Read on!