This year, Sport Auto have tested seven different UHP winter tyres in 235/35 R19, on a VW Golf R.
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This year, Sport Auto have tested seven different UHP winter tyres in 235/35 R19, on a VW Golf R.
It's the middle of November and the temperatures in the UK are still hovering around 14c, but with colder temperatures due next week, and even snow forecast in the northern parts of the country, now is a good time to look at the winter tyre market in 2015.
Based on a combined snow and wet braking performance, this year Auto Bild have taken the best eightteen 185/60 R15 winter tyres through from their 2015 Winter Tyre Shootout, and one all season tyre, the Pirelli Cinturato All Season.
From the fifty tyres tested, there were some surprise drop outs. The Vredestein Snowtrac 5, Yokohama W.Drive, Toyo Snowprox S943 and Avon Ice Touring were a few of the 32 tyres which failed to make the grade. Equally, tyres like the Semperit Speed Grip 2, Barum Polaris 3, Gislavel Euro Frost 5 and Viking Snow Tech II were are few surprise inclusions, it will be interesting to find out if they can live up to the established competition in the full winter tyre test.
The UK climate represents a difficult challenge for car tyres. Warm enough to require a tyre that works well at higher temperatures, but not warm enough to make a summer tyre the best choice year round.
Until recently, tyres have fallen into three distinct categories: summer, all season and winter tyres. Traditionally, all season tyres have been developed from a winter tyre origins, which give them excellent snow performance but can impact dry and wet performance, especially in the warmer months. This year, Michelin have released the CrossClimate, which if the marketing is to be believed, promises to be a second type of all season tyre, one which started life as a summer tyre and has been gifted winter capabilities.
Is a summer and winter tyre combination the only safe option? Has the second generation Goodyear all season moved the game on? Can the new Michelin CrossClimate live up to the marketing hype? That's what we're here to find out.
The 2015 Auto Bild all season tyre test is here, and it's the first test to include the new Michelin CrossClimate and Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2.
Giti Tire might just be the largest tyre manufacturer you've never heard of. Ranking in the top 10 of global tyre production, GiTi Tire manufacturer under the GT Radial, Primewell and Runway brands, with the leading of the three brands being GT Radial. The company boasts 33,000 employees globally, and has four research and development centres, which makes GiTi Tire first Chinese brand to be attacking the established brands properly, and are already winning OE fitments around the globe.
The 2015 winter tyre test season is here, and as usual the German magazine Auto Bild have done an excellent job of giving us an overview of this years contenders.
Testing 51 tyres in 185/60R15, Auto Bild put each tyre through a wet braking test, then took the top 28 tyres through to the snow braking test. Once the snow braking results were in, the magazine combined the wet and snow distances to give an over all result, taking the top 15 tyres through to their full 2015 Winter Tyre Test.
2015 has been called the year of the all season tyre, and Auto Express have just confirmed it with their first ever all season tyre test.
Testing six all season tyres, and a class winning summer and winter tyre, Auto Express put all eight tyres through fourteen tests covering the snow, wet, dry abilities of the tyre, and included noise, rolling resistance and price too.
The eagerly awaited Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen 2 is here! Building on the sucess of the multiple award winning Goodyear Vector 4Season, the new Vector 4Season Generation 2 aims to be the perfect year round tyre for the UK climate.
We'll be driving on the new tyre soon, for now here's the press release.
The Continental Sport Contact 6 is here, and it's fantastic!
Launched 1st September, the new Sport Contact 6 replaces the Sport Contact 5P as Continentals maximum performance summer tyre for sports cars. Initially available in 19 to 23 inches, the Sport Contact 6 pushes the tyre towards the segment the Michelin Pilot SuperSport currently occupies, and while it's not quite as track orientated, it should give the Michelin a little competition for those who enjoy fast road driving.
In order to celebrate Dunlops one year anniversary as official tyre partner to the AMG Driving Academy, Dunlop have release the first two videos in a five part mini series covering the design, development and tests of AMG specific tyre versions.
Runflat tyres are both a genius idea, and a mini disaster. Designed with safety in mind, a runflat tyre can be fully deflated, and still driven on for up to 50 miles at 50 mph, meaning punctures are far less of a safety issue or inconvenience than they used to be.
Sadly, this extra level of safety comes with a price, namely comfort. Runflat tyres, especially the early generation of tyres, are known for being uncomfortable, noisy, susceptible to tramlining and generally all round unpleasant to live with. This is due to the way runflat tyres differ from normal tyres - in order to strengthen the tyre to accept such high deflated loads, a lot of effort is put into reinforcing the sidewall. This strength comes from extra materials, which gives the tyre extra weight, and causes the handling problems mentioned above.
Read on to find out how Falken believe they've solved the runflat problem!
With all season tyres all the rage in 2015, Firestone have launched their take on this quickly growing sector, the Firestone MultiSeason.
The 2015 Auto Express tyre test covers eleven patterns in the popular 225/45 R17 size. Testing at Continentals test track in Texas, Auto Express used the benchmark VW Golf to carry out nine thorough tests covering dry and wet performance, along with rolling resistance and cabin noise.
The Russians always put on an interesting tyre test. Usually, their tyre tests crun big, ultra high performance tyres on powerful cars, and give an excellent account of just how each tyre feels on the limit. This time, it's a little bit different...
It's not often we report on tyre tests from across the pond. The tyres, roads, and driving conditions can be very different, especially in North America, however this test from the Australian magazine "Australian Motor" was too interesting / random to miss.
Summer 2015 is finally here, so we've taken a look at the top 5 tyres you should be fitting to your performance sports car. Designed for normal to fast road driving, these tyres all work best in 18" inches and above, and offer some of the best grip and steering feel in the market.
As mentioned in the launch report, the new Michelin CrossClimate is the most interesting tyre of recent times, and as such we were keen to find out how it performs in the real world. After a few polite emails to Michelin, we managed to secure one of the first sets in the country, which Mike, one of our regular contributors of all season and winter tyre reviews, is currently putting through a long term test.
After a few weeks running, here's his initial report. There will be an update later in the year once the frost and snow performance has been evaluated. So far, it looks promising when compared to the current class leading all season tyre, the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons. Check back this Autumn where Mike will update his review, and cover the cold weather performance of the tyre!
Hankook have paper-launched their latest all season tyre, the Hankook Kinergy 4S. Replacing the popular Hankook Optimo 4S, the new Hankook Kinergy 4S continues the push of manufacturers to target tyres specifically for year round motoring in climates such as central Europe and the UK.
We'll have more to report as soon as we've tested it, but for now read on for the full press release...
Michelin have long been leaders in motorcycle tyres, and in 2015 Michelin have significantly updated their hypersport and track range of motorbike tyres. Using lessons they've learnt from 360 Moto GP wins, and 26 world titles, Michelin have brought the racing DNA to road legal and track tyres.
While six new tyres have been launched, we've been out testing two of the most interesting tyres released, the Michelin SuperSport EVO and the Michelin PowerCup EVO.
We like technical data, and Auto Bild Belarus have gone the extra mile with their 2015 215/55 R16 tyre test.
With the UK being the largest optional "big wheel" upgrader in Europe, you'd have thought the likes of EVO and Auto Express would test a bigger tyre size than the usual 17" size they choose! Fortunately, Germany has the answer, and this year Sport Auto Magazine tested seven patterns in 235/35 R19, the most common 19" tyre size on the market, using a VW Golf R.
The 2015 Off Road Magazine SUV and 4x4 tyre test covered 9 tyres in 225/55 R18 on a Mercedes ML250.
Following on from the 53 tyre wet and dry braking shootout, Auto Bild have tested the top 18 tyres more thoroughly, putting them through the usual mix of wet, dry, wear and NVH tests in 185/60 R15 on a VW Polo.
We like all season tyres, and the new Nokian WeatherProof looks to be another excellent addition to the all season market.
Following on from the Michelin CrossClimate, the Nokian WeatherProof claims to be an all weather tyre, instead of an all season, which is marketing speak for it having summer tyre like performance in the summer, and winter tyre like performance in the winter.
Unlike the new Michelin, we've not been able to test this tyre to see if the claims are true, but Nokian has an excellent track record with all types of tyres, so we've no reason to doubt it. Keep an eye on Tyre Reviews for a full test, but for now here's the press release.
With over two hundred different tyres available for the chosen 225/50 R17 tyre size, Auto Motor Und Sport decided to pick the top nine best European label scoring tyres to test on their Mercedes C Class, presuming they would be getting the top nine tyres on the market.
For the 2015 ultra high performance tyre test, Auto Bild have chosen the new BMW M4, wearing 275/35 R19 rear and 255/35 R19 fronts. While this limits the amount of tyres available to test to just seven, it is a very good test car as the M4 is the benchmark for the current breed of big-wheeled super-saloons!
The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is one of the most talked about tyres on Tyre Reviews. It offers extreme track performance blended with balanced road manners and mileage that has yet to be rivalled, and as such it's an extremely popular tyre with performance car drivers such as BMW M cars, Porsche's, Ferrari's and many other hypercars. With this in mind, we thought it would be a good time to have a look at what went into the development of the Pilot Super Sport, and how you should treat them to get the maximum usable life from them.
In Autumn 2015, the latest Goodyear performance winter tyre will be launched. Replacing the Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance, the new Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1 is an evolution of an award winning winter tyre, and promises to further improve the already excellent balance of qualities of its predecessor.
The 2015 Auto Zeitung summer ultra high performance tyre test is here, and once again the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 is back on the top step!
53 summer Tyres for small to medium cars in 185/50 R15. The top 18 go through to the full Auto Bild test.
There are the wet and dry braking results from 62mph.
The 2015 European tyre test by the German organisations ADAC and Stiftung Warentest is here, and this time it's a little more interesting than usual. Read on for the full details!
2015 looks to be an exciting year for motorcycles. Michelin make some of the best supersport tyres on the market, and in the coming months will be releasing 6 new products for the road and track.
While we've not ridden on any of these tyres yet, we're confident they'll progress the already excellent Michelin range even futher. We'll report back once we have some miles under our belt.
Read on for the full press release.
We've not yet driven on it, but with the Uniroyal range being such popular tyres on Tyre Reviews, we thought it was important we published the press release for the new Uniroyal RainExpert 3
For the first time in the company's history, Pirelli have launched an all season tyre - the Pirelli Cinturato All Season. Is this the ultimate tyre for year round motoring in the UK?
Does the thought of snowy driving cause panic? Do you feel safe in normal cold and wet winter conditions? Michelin have data to show that most of us are worrying at the wrong time.
Analysing 12,000 real accidents over 12 years from all around Europe, it turns out only 5% of winter accidents happen on snow, and a further 3% on ice. This leaves a staggering 92% of accidents happening on dry and wet roads.
Further analysis also shows we find safety in the wrong types of roads. While the majority of us believe you're most likely to have an accident on a windy mountain road, facts show 88% of winter accidents happen on straight roads, and 68% of them in urban surroundings.
Read on for the full infographic
Here at TyreReviews we always get excited when EVO publish a tyre test. Normally tyre tests focus on raw numbers, dedicating pages to telling you which tyre has 0.1% more grip, but forgetting to mention how the tyres actually feel on the car.
Conversely EVO spend plenty of time, and dedicate 60% of the overall result, to subjective handling. With the difference in grip between the best tyres on the market ever shrinking, explaining how the tyres actually feel to use give people who enjoy driving a good reference point. This years test was carried out at the Bridgestone test track in Italy, on a VW Golf GTI wearing 225/45 R17 tyres.
The 2014 Auto Express Summer Tyre Test is here, and it is closer than ever! Testing 10 tyres in 205/55 R16, Auto Express put the tyres through the usual array of nine stringent tests in the dry and wet.
Firestone, the iconic American tyre brand, is being relaunched.
Founded in 1900, Firestone has a rich racing heritage, and a huge global brand recognition. Since being purchased by Bridgestone in May 1988 the brand has largely stood still in Europe... until now.
In 2014 Bridgestone are relaunching the Firestone brand. The brand is reasserting its core philosophy which is to allow everyone the freedom to drive and discover, and aiming itself at the younger age group in the replacement market, looking for a second or third replacement tyre.
It’s always difficult to admit you’re not Valentino Rossi when riding a sports bike, which is probably why many bikes which never see the track are often fitted with inappropriate track bias tyres.
Even as a writer for a tyre website, I’m not immune, and my Triumph Daytona 675 has been wearing Dunlop GP Racer D209s for the past few years. This is a fantastic tyre for the track, awesome once warm, lovely on the shoulder and most importantly, look great. Sadly, the bike has been precisely zero track days, and on reflection they might not quite be the perfect tyre for tours into Europe during the colder months.
With tyres playing a huge part in a bikes looks, and looks being important to a supersport rider (if they weren’t, I’d be on a Street Triple), I didn’t want to fit a touring tyre with a blocky track pattern, but equally didn’t want to make the same mistake again and fit an inappropriate-but-cool-looking track bias tyre.
Luckily, Dunlop have the answer with the new Dunlop SportSmart 2.
Ever striving for quieter, more comfortable tyres, tyre manufacturers are looking at increasingly novel ways of achieving sound reduction. Goodyear is one of a number of manufacuters attempting to solve the problem with foam, or as the press release puts it, an "open-cell polyurethane foam element attached to the inner surface of the tyre."
Apparently this is good enough for a 4db noise reduction in the cabin, and is light enough to avoid any impact on fuel consumption. Already being fitted to the new Audi A8, RS6 and RS7, it will be interesting to see if this is the next step in lower label scores and increased driving comfort.
For pictures and the full press release, read on.
The new Michelin Pilot Road 4 is here, and it’s good.
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.
It’s the winter tyre every sports car driver has been waiting for, the new Continental Winter Contact TS850P is here!