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Well suited for a V8
These tyres are perfect for our Mustang. The are long lasting considering being on a V8. Their wear is even and they don’t take long to warm up in order to keep the Mustang in a straight line :-)
Tyres perform well on road surfaces with little to no road noise. Value for money for what they are and how they handle. They are on the expensive side of standard tyres, however price is justified for how they perform.
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Excellent quality for price
The quality is high as expected and tyres run very smoothly, no roll and the car sits much better on the road. The extra strength in the tyre wall is especially welcome given my learner driver kids!
Previous tyres had a lot of road noise which has been all but eliminated with the Pirelli's.
I drive on the highway every day to and from work and feel very safe with these tires.
My old tires used to spin in wet weather without getting traction after stopping at a traffic light, which was really concerning. These tires have a very firm grip on the road.
Had Kumhos before and these seemed better
Compared to what these replaced the ride was a bit firmer so a little bumpy on the the pot hole ridden roads that have become way to common in South Australia over the last 10 years. Brought these tires at Bob James after Xmas 2013 as there was not much choice and a the Kumho were warn and one had a puncture and leaked slowly. They were very pricey compared to what we were used to with a Forester. Had the first fill done with Nitrogen but they seem to like doing them tight with 40psi cf around 32 - 36 psi recommended on the car door advice car...d. I let the excess out in winter. They have done a dozen or so trips to Melbourne from Adelaide and one across the Hay Plains to the east coast and the front 255R50 19" wore more than the back 285R45 19". Now at 55,000 kms they need to go. Could have got more if they were rotated sideways which I'll try to do every time I change the oil. It's a hard choice there are so many out there to choose from. These still have great grip so I might go for them them again as they are still super quiet at 0.5mm off the wear bar. Car has done 170,000kms so this might be the last set of big tires we get as we will down size in a few years I suspect.
Good performance tyre
Installed on my MY14 Forester XT, it allows me to drive it without worry. The tyre just like a glue for my car. Perform well on wet and dry. I had it for 3000 km now and still really great. I put 34 psi, hopefully I can get the most millage from the tyres. I got 245/50/R18 on 8.5 width rims.
I don't have intention to take my Forester off road, more on track / bitumen.
Grippy 245/40/17 tyre for BMW E46 but wears very quickly - recommend if you get a good price, otherw
I bought these to replace Sumitomo HTR ZII's for my BMW 316TI E46. Got a good price from an Australian seller via eBay (International Tyre Trader) so decided to give them a go. Note that the E46 is a rear-wheel drive and when using 17" it's a staggered fitment (225/45/17 on front, 245/40/17 on rear) so tyre rotation is not possible.
I got them for under $200 per tyre which is pretty good value for a Pirelli. Retail is around the $300 mark.
First the good: quiet tyre when new, reasonable grip in both wet and dry, felt very stable. Could...not fault grip in dry or wet under normal driving conditions. Wore evenly across whole tyre section. Decent braking performance in both wet and dry (however I only to emergency brake in the dry). Felt quite stable under even hard braking. Now the not-so-good: compared to the previous tyre (Sumitomo HTR ZIII, see separate review), these really didn't feel any better. They also tram-tracked, no better and no worse than the Sumitomos. They didn't really seem to offer any more feedback than the Sumitomos. Once they wore down, they got really hard and noisy. Just turning across white lines on the road would evoke tyre squeal. Ride when worn feels harsh, harsher than when new. (Caveat: I did not do any extreme driving so cannot comment about "on the limit" handling). Finally the bad: These tyres are SOFT. Wore out within 15,000km, this is with normal commuting in <80km/h zones with a few weekend trips and maybe 1,500km of "spirited" driving on roads like Tawonga Gap and Black Spur. So definitely no hard take-offs, wheels spins, track days or anything silly. The only other set of tyres I wore so quickly was a set of Pirelli P5000 Drago's back in the 1990's on my Mitsubishi GSR Galant (2.0L front wheel drive). All my other tyres (Bridgestone RE-010, Potenza GIII, Adrenalin RE002, Goodyear Eagle F1, none of which are "touring" or long-lasting tyres) have lasted at least 45,000 - 50,000km. So these are by far the softest, fastest-wearing tyres I've ever driven on.
I have had these tyres on since new in 2008 and they grip like no other tyre I have ever seen. They grip so well it's scary going around some bends as my head tells me I will lose control but they never have, even in the wet. So far I've done 29K on them and they've probably got another 5K in them.
They ride pretty good for a performance tyre as well- mine are 18" 245's.
grips, grips and grips
Good, but wont buy again
Grips very well, gets really noisy towards the end of life. I think i get only about 25-30 thou kms, which is below average. Stiff wall but bearable. It is designed to be a performance tyres, so you get max performance, but shorter life. I would not buy again, there are other tyres with similar performance and costs less.
Above average costs
Top product, excellent performance and surprisingly good wear. Car was delivered with these tyres and they are obviously well suited to the vehicle (Alfa Romeo GT). We will definitely stay with them.
great handling in wet and dry conditions. Really hangs on and is very predictable. Also good wearing for a high performance tyre. We got 40,000 kms out of the front tyres and the rears are only half worn (no we didn't rotate). Grip feels very good in corners, probably helped as car suspension is quite firm. Ride on highway is also quite comfar...
The grip on the Rosso tyres was fantastic, but even after being fussy with alignment, pressures and rotation of tyres I only got 21,000km's. Would not buy.
Very good grip.
Tread wear was appalling got 21,000km, this includes checking the pressures every week, rotate and balance at 8,000km and 15,000km. Not impressed at all. OEM on vehicle - I recommend change straight away...
Overall a pretty good tyre performance wise, but when you consider how much they were, I believe about $220 (on special) 3 years ago, I expected greater results. The noise was very intrusive and got worse as the life went on.
They are designed to be fitted to ferrari's and porsche's with very low profiles. I feel that this may have been a contributing factor in my disappointment as they weren't primarily designed for a medium family car. The tyre size tested 205/55r16 on 2003 Honda accord Euro. Now replacing with Michelin Pilot sport 3's
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