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Tyre replacement choice

Paul Smedley

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I just went on a massive hunt to try and find some tires for my VXR in Perth.

Tried to get the same Michelin Pilot Super Sport that came from the factory and there is none in stock anywhere.

Tried the Pilot Sport 4S... only answer I could get was an ETA of March-ish, but even then Michelin were unconfident on that.

Same drama with Pirelli P-Zero, Conti SC6, etc. no one has a 245/35 20 in WA and delivery was an expensive and slow process.

Eventually just decided to go with the Pirelli Dragon Sport which is significantly cheaper, but I guess we will see how much worse they perform.
Pretty happy with the Dragon Sports on my Calais V....
 

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I’ve always had a liking for the Kumho Ecsta range. Really solid mid-range tyre that won’t break the bank, wear well and perform in all conditions without being too loud at the same time.
 

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I went for the Bridgestone Potenza RE003 at 4 for the price of one sale. So far I have been happy with quietness and grip with these tyres.
Just hope I can get decent km's on theses as the OEM Conti's did not last long
 

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I went for the Bridgestone Potenza RE003 at 4 for the price of one sale. So far I have been happy with quietness and grip with these tyres.
Just hope I can get decent km's on theses as the OEM Conti's did not last long
That was my original choice - but Mycar couldn't supply them within a reasonable timeframe, so they offered me the Dragon Sports for the same price.
 

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Well, initial experience with the Pirelli Dragon Sport is looking great.

Cruising attitude is way smoother. Much less tire roar, much less sense of the imperfections in the road surface in the cabin.

In terms of dry weather grip and feedback in spirited driving, they also seem perfectly capable for my abilities. They are able to handle a full throttle merge into traffic at a T junction (about 1/4 steering input max) in VXR mode with TC off without fuss. Steering feel when initiating a turn seems no different to the stock Michelin's without a hint of numbness/vagueness.

This all says nothing of how long they will last on a track, how hard you can drive it and for how long before they cook etc. All things the Michelin's probable have it beat in.

But in terms of the every day driver who likes to have a few spicy corners on the weekend, I see no downsides from the Michelin Pilot Super Sport... And they are half the price, and they are actually available and not stuck in France.
 

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I have replaced my ZB 2L Calais 245/45/18 from ContiContact5s to Michelin Pilot Sport 4 after 61k mileage New tyres are noisier when travelling below 80 kmh. Other than that, Michelin seems to grip better when cornering and especially at high speeds. Got the PS4 from Tyroola - btw, they are China made.
Are the michelen tyres actually noisier than the continental ? didnt think that was possible. My continental are ok on smooth surface, but terrible on anything other than smooth, on previous cars I have had Bridgestone Potenza's re 050 and they were very good, I will change to them when these are worn.
 
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