I just got new tires for my car!! I got 225/60-VR15
Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S tires.
We tried them on and they fit without modification (or
folding up the fender lip). I sat on the corners and they
have clearance everywhere (even under extreme pressure).
I just took them on a test drive: 5 miles of freeway
followed by 20 miles up and down hwy 2 (mountains). The
grip is a substantial improvement over Pirelli P4000s. Tire
noise is very substantially reduced (almost inaudible with
the top down) which is great for listening to the
engine/exhaust notes. The tires did not touch or rub that I
could tell despite driving at speeds that I normally would
only achieve in my BMW M3.
Oddly I found that steering force was less than before. I
also saw less tendency for the car to wander with the
grooves in the freeway than with Pirelli’s.
I could not be happier. These are early days. So far
they’ve only had to carry one fat man with lots of tools.
But fully loaded? In super hot temps? I’ll let you know.
PS Notes: these are tirerack.com’s #1 rated high
performance all-season tires. I did not get them there.
Instead I went to a small, local place that works on lots of
nice cars (Cobra’s, etc.). We got several sizes and fit
them first. My backup was to get 215/65’s…and failing
that to use 205/65’s which I know fit with a ton of room.
More notes: the new tires should last about twice as long
as the Pirelli’s. Finally these tires loss of grip in the
wet was less than any other tire I saw test results for
(skid pad and braking performance within 10% of dry values).
This is a HUGE improvement over my old P4000s which had to
be the worst wet weather tires I’ve ever tried.–
Larry Wade 62 OTS, La Canada, California USA
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