Subaru Legacy GT B twin turbo Tyres

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The following tyres have been reviewed on the Subaru Legacy GT B twin turbo
Nokian WR A3 (73) 93% 88% 89% 83% 91% 92% 86% 75% 505,743
Firestone TZ200 (26) 80% 70% 70% 70% 75% 72% 69% 72% 555,558
Runway ENDURO 916 Plus (45) 66% 53% 52% 54% 62% 41% 44% 53% 487,884
Maxtrek INGENS A1 (24) 56% 30% 47% 39% 65% 58% 33% 47% 225,330
Infinity INF 05 (66) 56% 31% 42% 40% 62% 45% 33% 44% 367,897

Subaru Legacy GT B twin turbo Tyre Review Highlights

Writing about the Nokian WR A3 given 95% (205-55-16-H)
Driving on a combination of roads for 3500 spirited miles
I got these to replace the Nokian WR G2s that I'd had on for the previous 3 winters (and they would have lasted this winter too had I not left them on last summer). The G2s were excellent, and the A3s are better in every way except one: the turn in on high speed corners is not as tight, but the G2s were a lower profile at 215/45 R17 so I'll put that down to the change in size rather than a failing of the tyre design itself.

That aside, the A3s are brilliant. I've had them on for a couple of months now. Firstly in the mild conditions we had in the south west of england in november/december. They took a few hundred miles to wear in, during which time grip was not as good as I was used to, and I got some wheel-spin pulling away from hill-start junctions and some skidding and over-use of ABS, but once they were bedding in properly they tightened up a lot. Now they are very sure footed in the dry and also exceptional on damp to wet roads, with very little ABS action even with heavy braking on a damp road.

This winter has been very mild in the UK so far, compared to the last couple, but over the festive period I had the opportunity to test these tyres properly during a 2,400 mile round-trip through the Swiss/Italian alps to the Apennine mountains of Tuscany, and back via the Swiss/French alps and the mountain resort of Chatel.

Driving past Bologne on christmas eve saw the first encounter of snow as it fell on the motorway. Just a dusting really but as other cars slowed down a lot and pulled over from the outside lane, the car felt solid and sure-footed on the Nokians.

Later that evening, coming over a very windy mountain pass in Tuscany saw more snowfall as we climbed over the peaks, with up to 2-3 inches of snow on the roads. My car being a performance AWD vehicle fitted with appropriate tyres, I relished the slippery corners of the mountain pass with a big grin on my face. The back only stepped out of place when encouraged to do so with ample use of the throttle, and the front was only affected by understeer if going into the tight bends with a bit too much speed for the amount of lying fresh snow. In the case of the latter, a bit more throttle balanced it out nicely, or a slight tap on the brakes, which only once or twice got the ABS going.

It was on the return through the alps that I really got to put these to the test. 6" of fresh snow over 20+ miles, and in the coming days the same snow with more on top, all compacted and icy. Again the car was sure-footed and steadfast on the Nokians, only showing signs of faltering when I was getting slightly too confident, or having too much fun.

Of course I brought snow chains on the journey as most alpine regions and also other parts of italy require them by law if conditions dictate. They're the same set of chains I brought last time I did this journey 3 years (4 winters) ago when the WR G2s were new, and I've never fitted them to the car in all that time. With AWD and both sets of Nokians I've never had the need to fit the chains, not on packed ice roads, not in 10+ inches of snow, and they're solid on cold british winter roads, weather dry or wet.

The A3s are also very quiet, no problem with noise on the many motorway miles I did during this journey.

Will have to see how the wear goes, the G2s were good for 4 winters, I expect the A3s will be at least as good on wear.

Lastly, in this size they were very reasonable priced bought online from lovetyres, and spread over 4 winters they represent astounding value for money, especially when you consider a) the hassle they will save you if/when it snows or the roads are icy, and b) the fact they they could easily save your life, or at least that of your car in such conditions. At under £90 per year, that's a bargain!

If you have a RWD or FWD car, a full set of these will transform winter handling even without snow, and when the snow does come you can be confident that you'll still be able to get around. If you have an AWD car, these tyres will make you virtually unstoppable in ice and any snow that your car's clearance will pass.

I'm very happy with my choice (although next time I will go back to the 17" size for better turn in on dry roads), and I would recommend them to anyone. I don't understand why these aren't reviewed more in the media, as they represent such astounding value for money. Bear in mind they take a few hundred miles to break in properly, which I think is why they haven't scored so well in some group tests.
tyre reviewed on 2012-01-18 12:40:20
Writing about the Firestone TZ200 given 74% (225-45-17-)
Driving on a combination of roads for 15000 spirited miles
I wasn't expecting amazing things with these tyres but they turned out to be surprisingly good. Fitted to my Twin-Turbo Subaru Legacy, I have never lost grip or traction even in extremely wet conditions. Not sure how much of this is down to the 4wd system and how much to the tyres but they felt no different from the Yokohamas I had previously which cost twice the price.

They haven't lasted more than 25000km's but the roads in NZ eat tyres, especially the unsealed mountain/rural roads
tyre reviewed on 2016-01-25 23:24:27
Writing about the Infinity INF 05 given 50% (225-45-17-W)
Driving on a combination of roads for 5000 spirited miles
I had the great pleasure to witness first hand how awful these tyres were, they came with the car and being tight I decided to get my money's worth before ditching them for new tyres. 1 and a half years later and the tyre depth is the same after 5000k. Wet handling. Forget dangerous, you'll have a fat smile on your face. It was plain hilarious how these tyres worked in damp conditions. I will say they had a charm, harder tyre = more feel in the steering and the sheer danger / excitement of the challenge of getting from a to b in my daily has be demolished since get Michelin Ps4's. Would I go there again? Maybe. What's life without ridiculous understeer and uncertainty of getting to b?
tyre reviewed on 2016-10-30 22:35:20
Writing about the Infinity INF 05 given 41% (215-45-17-)
Driving on mostly country roads for 2000 spirited miles
As other have already stated this tyre is mediocre in the dry but downright dangerous in the wet. I've tried adjusting tyre pressues up and down but this has not altered their tendancy to slide in the wet. I've even had a full (Hunter) wheel alignment to make sure something was not wrong with the car.
I only acquired these tyres through a used car purchase and dispite them being nearly new I will be replacing them very very soon.
tyre reviewed on 2016-05-23 22:51:53
Writing about the Runway ENDURO 916 Plus given 40% (225-45-17-)
Driving on a combination of roads for 2000 spirited miles
My 97 Subaru Legacy GT-B estate came with these (215 45 17).
They were manufactured in 2009 and hadn't led a very hard life despite which the tyre between the tread blocks was covered in small splits of about 6-8mm.
This was on all four tyres.
Having never driven a GT-B before this one I wasn't certain how it should behave but wasn't hugely impressed until I borrowed one on Avon ZZ3s.
I couldn't get the Runaways off quick enough.
tyre reviewed on 2012-03-19 19:47:46
Writing about the Maxtrek INGENS A1 given 10% (215-45-17-W)
Driving on mostly town for 0 average miles
Worst tyres you can get for your car. I was driving in damp conditions, came up to a bend and the car slid sideways completely losing control. I ended up hitting another car and now both my car and the car I hit have been totaled. I currently have no car and now am financially struggling to buy another car. I honestly recommend people to spend abit more and get better quality tyres to save themselves from ending up in a bad financial situation and having no car.
tyre reviewed on 2015-04-19 03:16:30
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