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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.

Unlike the average car driver, motorbike riders have an intimate relationship with their tyres, and fully understand the need to fit the right tyre for your riding style and intended use. Sometimes lasting less than 2,000 miles, the right tyre can literally mean the difference between a safe ride home in the wet, or a nasty highside resulting in a damaged bike, and potentially worse, a damaged body. 

Read on for the full results

Firestone, the iconic American tyre brand, is being relaunched.

Firestone

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.

Dunlop SportSmart 2 - Tested

Dunlop Sport Smart 2It’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.

 

Following on from the 255/40 R19 tyre test, the Russian magazine Auto Review have tested 16 tyres in the far more common 205/55 R16. The twist this year is the inclusion of what Auto Review call "second line tyres", which are mid range brands which are manufactured by the premium brands. 

444bhp Mustang Boss 302 might not be the last word in car dynamics, but it's what the Russian magazine Auto Review have chosen to use for their 2014 Max Performance tyre test. Wearing massive 255/40 R19 front tyres, and 285/35 R19 rears, this was never going to be an "ordinary" tyre test, and the inclusion of a drifting test only highlighted the testers were out to have fun driving while getting their data. 

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.

11 set of tyres in the popular 205/55 R16, the standard VW Golf 7 and the usual array of thorough wet and dry tests summarises the 2014 Auto Motor Und Sport Summer Tyre Test.

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.

 

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

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.
After a long break, the German tyre experts Auto Bild are back with a fresh trackday tyre test.

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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