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Tyre News

Michelin CrossClimateAs 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 Kinergy 4S - Launched

Hankook Kinergy 4S launched

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

Michelin SuperSport EVO and 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. 

2015 Off Road SUV 4x4 Tyre Test

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.

Nokian WeatherProof All Weather

2015 AMS Performance Tyre Test

 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.

Firestone MultiSeason - Announced

Following on from the Pirelli Cinturato AllSeason and Michelin CrossClimate launches, Firestone have announced a new all season tyre at Geneva - the Firestone MultiSeason.

We've not driven on it yet, but as all season tyres are a popular category on tyrereviews, we thought we'd report the press release. We'll have more informaiton as soon as we've driven on it!

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 new Michelin CrossClimate
 
The Michelin CrossClimate is here, and it might be the perfect tyre for the UK. Read on for more information!

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!

The Michelin Motorbike tyres for 20152015 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

Pirelli Cinturato All Season

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?

 

Toyo R888R - Launched

The UK trackday favourite, the Toyo R888 has just been replaced by Toyo R888R, and it's a very good looking tyre. While the outgoing R888 will continue to be produced in certain sizes, the new R888R promises to improve the R888 in every area.

The new Toyo R888R

Scared of snow? Think again

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.

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.

 

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.

Michelin Pilot Road 4 - Launched

Michelin Pilot Road 4 - Rear

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.

Bridgestone S001 on a Ferrari 458

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

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.