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Michelin Pilot Sport 4With the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 officially going on sale at the start of 2016, but not launching to the press until later in the year, we were keen to get some miles on a set to answer the miriad of questions already appearing in our inbox.

The solution? Our long term Skoda Octavia VRS, which fortunately wears one of the launch sizies - 225/40 R18. Four tyres and 500 miles later, we're able to give our first impressions of the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4.

 

At the start of last year we predicted it would be the year of the all season tyre, and with six new all season tyres launched from nearly all the premium manufacturers, we're happy to report we were correct.

While all season tyres are interesting technically, and with the new Michelin CrossClimate moving the goalposts for how an all season tyre should perform, they're not exciting tyres to read about. Fortunately, 2016 is gearing up to be the year of the maximum performance tyre!

2016 - The year of the UHP Performance tyre

Dunlop WinterSport 5 - Launched

Dunlop WinterSport 5The replacement for the excellent Dunlop Winter Sport 4D has been launched, and it is creatively named Dunlop Winter Sport 5.

The Winter Sport 5 started development 24 months ago and in that time has had over 400 R&D specialists working on the new tyre. During the development cycle over 2,500 development tyres were produced, covering more than 300,000 kms of testing which makes the Winter Sport 5 one of Dunlop's most developed and tested winter tyres!

2015 French All Season Tyre Test

Continuing the year of all season tyre tests, French magazine L'Argus have released their first all season tyre test, which included both the new Michelin CrossClimate, the new Nokian Weatherproof, and the new Nokian WR D4 as the reference winter tyre.

Testing five of the latest all season tyres in 205/55 R16 on a VW Golf, L'Argus put the all the tyres through a full complement of winter and summer tests, in both an Austrian Autumn at a warm 15c, and a Finnish winter where the temperatures were as low as -15c.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4With the Continental Sport Contact 6 already launched, and the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 announced, 2016 is shaping up to be a really exciting year for performance tyres.

Next up, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4. Many people felt the Pilot Sport name lost its direction as the Michelin Pilot Sport 3 didn't replace the Pilot Sport 2, but the slightly more touring bias Pilot Exalto 2. The true replacement for the Pilot Sport 2 came in the shape of the well regarded Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

 

2015 AMS UHP Winter Tyre Test

Testing 10 premium UHP winter tyres in 225/50 R17, including three patterns released in 2015, Auto Motor und Sport put the tyres through the usual range of dry, wet, snow and environmental tests across Finland and Germany.

Due to a number of cold and snowy winters, the UK population now understands winter tyres both exist, and aren’t just for snow and ice - they also offer a real benefit when the conditions are cold and wet. This is why tyre manufacturers recommend that for the highest level of safety during year round motoring, you should switch between dedicated summer and winter tyres.

car - new vs 4mm vs 2mm tyre wear performance

Read on to see how the tyres perform at various tread depths!

Continental WinterContact TS860

The Continental WinterContact TS860 might not be available until autumn 2016, but that hasn’t stopped Continental giving us a preview of the new tyre, and quite a tyre it is!

The outgoing Continental WinterContact TS850 has unquestionably been the "mid European" winter tyre to buy since its launch in 2012, having won 48 test and being recommended in 61 of the 68 tests it has been featured in. This means the new WinterContact TS860 has some big boots to fill.

 

 

The new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3Goodyear's answer to the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Continental Sport Contact 6 is finally here, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3!

While we've not yet had the chance to drive on it, the independent German test body TUV have done their usual array of tests, and found that the new Goodyear has 2.6 metres shorter wet braking (9% better performance) and 1.3 metres shorter dry braking (4% better performance) than the average of the Michelin Pilot Sport 3, Bridgestone Potenza S001 and Continental Sport Contact 5.

This is a tyre we're very excited about, so you can be sure we'll be reporting on the driving experience at the first opportunity. Read on for the full press release

This year, Sport Auto have tested seven different UHP winter tyres in 235/35 R19, on a VW Golf R.

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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.

2015 Winter Tyre Guide

Auto Bild MagazineBased 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.

Can you run one tyre 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.

Auto Bild MagazineThe 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.

 

2015 Winter Tyre Market Overview

Auto Bild MagazineThe 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 new Continental Sport Contact 6The 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.

 

2015 EVO Tyre TestThe best tyre test from the UK press is finally here - the EVO 2015 tyre test.

The new Falken FK453 RunflatRunflat 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!

The Firestone MultiSeasonWith all season tyres all the rage in 2015, Firestone have launched their take on this quickly growing sector, the Firestone MultiSeason.

 

2015 Auto Express Tyre Test

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.

2015 Auto Review Summer Tyre Test

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.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport

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.

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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!

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. 

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.

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.

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 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.