Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude TourReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2008 Honda CRV EX-L
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Lake Peekskill, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2010

Ok so here is my story...much of like the previous CR-V owners, the stock tires, whether the Dueler's or the Continentals...don't really satisfy the driver or the car. I was stuck with the Dueler's last winter, and instead decided to drive my Honda Civic in the snow. I stretched out the life of my Dueler's to about 28,500 miles. Since then, about November 2009, I've upgraded to the Michelin Latitude Tour.



I am 25 years old, with a 1 year old daughter. My wife and I share the two cars we own. I bought my CR-V in April of 2008 and by the following spring was looking to get rid of it. The tread wear wasn't really bad so I decided to wait until this winter to put a better set of tires on and see if there was a difference...



I can't put into words the improvement. I live in Putnam County, NY about an hour or so north of Manhattan. And recently we've had our fair share of bad weather as has much of the northeast. I have purposely tested these tires in as many adverse conditions as possible. I drive pretty aggressively on a daily basis so I feel confident I can give you a pretty good review of this tire. It handles, dry, wet, slippery, snow and ice, its a world of difference. No more traction light when you accelerate on wet roads...these tires grip. I can also notice a tremendous difference in the comfort of the ride. It feels like the car is brand new again and I drives better than I ever did. Although I have a heavy foot, there are plenty of times I am easy on the gas...especially when my daughter is in the car. So for those times, when I am not so quick to jump on the gas, I have noticed about 2-3 mi/gal better gas mileage.



Bottom line...The OEM tires on 2008 Honda CR-V's (I'm sure all of the one's from 07-11's) are horrible...anything will be better. If you chose to go with the Michelin Tour's, you won't be disappointed!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2012 Subaru Legacy Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 650
Location: Waterford, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 650 Miles on Tires
March 29, 2013

Huge difference in ride, noise level, responsiveness,over the OEM Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02 Standard Touring All-Season tires that came with my 2012 Subaru Legacy. My work commute of 18 miles covers city,(5mi)Interstate I-95,(8mi) winding country back roads(5mi)
These tires are rated for 70k, i`ll dance in the streets if i get 45-50k.
So far with only 1800 miles on my car (got it with 14 miles last month) combined driving 24.7-26.1Mpg Hwy 29.03Mpg @70-73speed
The VR rated Conti tire vs the HR rated Conti tire gets better wet traction according to a leading consumer magazine and its only 2.00 more!! per tire
The only negative: the set of tires the store got were made in Mexico not USA as i thought they would of been.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.6

1998 BMW M3 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Littleton, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 20, 2009

This tire is awesome in the snow. Several times in empty parking lots with packed snow I have punched it and the traction control never kicked in. The car just moved. So far we have had over 30 inches of snow here in Denver, and they have been great!



The dry traction is a bit less than desired. I drive my car spirited and these tires are just awful in the dry. On a twisty, dry road, they feel unsettled and nervous. I have had the back end step out a couple of times. Understand they are not performance tires, but they don't loss it in a controlled fashion.



For a pure snow tire, these are perfect and would highly recommend them. If you want more of a performance snow, I would not recommend these.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda5
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Alameda, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2014

Living in Germany where snow tires are required during the winter months. I am running Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S tires the rest of the year. I can compare them to each other. The Michelin tires are by far the best tires I have ever put on any of my cars for warm or wet driving. But when it is cold (40 degrees or lower) or icy, the Conti's are mind-blowing. I am 45 years old and grew up driving in snow and ice covered steep, curvy mountain roads. The Conti winter tires brake and handle astonishingly well on snow and ice. They are superior to the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S in very cold temps on both wet and dry. They have two weak spots. First, when pushed hard in sustained turns, they fall off suddenly and dramatically, which is forgivable for winter tires that perform so well as intended. Second, at high speed in a strait line the car is very unsettled. It just won't track straight. My my oldest son eventually gets queazy.
This comes on at about 60mph and gets worse all the way to 'can't go any faster" mph. The Autobahn is smooth as freshly Zambonied ice and yet the exhausting high frequency instability is ever present. (tried rotating tires, no effect)
Bottom line:
Astonishingly good winter traction in cold dry, cold wet, snow covered and ice covered roads. If you travel at high speeds for long periods of time, maybe look at another tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2003 Honda Element EX
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Detroit Lakes, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 04, 2014

Boy O Boy this is a great tire! Just Replaced some worn out Yokohama Geolanders and my Element is a totally different car. Smooth, very quiet, handles well, and I can now carry on a conversation driving down the road. I purchased them based on Tire Rack reviews and they were spot on. Highly recommend this tire!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57
 
 

2008 BMW 328i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Ashland, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2014

Just had these mounted last week so very few miles; I have a bit of vibration over 60--nothing terrible--but the car definitely needs an alignment before I can say too much.
Overall I am pleased. I was concerned about poor steering response more than anything based on a few reviews, but with mostly highway driving, I think these tires are the ticket:
Quiet
Supple ride
Few steering inputs required to keep it straight
Very good wet weather performance
Good dry traction
Good steering response

I'll add further reviews as the miles build; to this point I'd day this is the tire perfect for my driving needs.

Winter Tires Off and Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires On?

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

It looks like spring has actually sprung! This week we'll get more than one warm day in a row. That's great for us, especially after this winter, but consistent warm weather isn't so good for your snow tires. Their specialized rubber compound will wear prematurely in warmer temperatures. So winter tires off, summer tires on, right? Not necessarily, as you may want to consider an all-season tire. Consider the following factors on whether you should get a summer or all-season tire.

Summer tires, especially on a powerful sporty car with great innate handling, allows you to push your vehicle to its limits. In order to benefit from the higher grip and crisper steering response of summer tires, you really have to love to drive and/or your vehicle is so performance oriented that it needs summer tires to handle correctly.

Are you not as intense during your daily commute? Exact attributes will vary from tire to tire, but you might be disappointed with a summer tire's higher tread noise, harsher ride, faster wear and poor grip in colder temperatures. Maybe you'd rather emphasize a quiet, more comfortable ride, with better longevity and cold weather versatility combined with enhanced emergency handling? Then consider options in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category instead of a summer tire.

I'd take a good look at the Michelin Sport A/S 3 for its superior wet and dry grip, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS for its versatility in the face of an unexpected spring or fall snowstorm and the Kumho Ecsta 4X for its combination of decent wet grip, crisp steering response and value.

Ultra High Performance All-Season Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3
Ultra High Performance All-Season Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
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Ultra High Performance All-Season Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta
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Do I have to Put Run-Flat Tires on My BMW?

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

When it comes to tires for a BMW, many aren't pleased with the harsh ride and short treadlife of the Original Equipment run-flat tires. However, many owners are unsure if they're able to make the switch to a standard tire. The answer is not as difficult as you might think.

BMWs can make the switch to non-run-flat tires, the same is true when switching to dedicated winter tires. It's important to note that in most cases, the vehicle did not come with a spare tire. If you decide to make the switch to non-run-flat tires, a road hazard would leave you stranded on the side of the road without a spare to put on the car.

A solution to this issue is to purchase the Continental ContiComfortKit. The kit is capable of comfortably sealing typical tire punctures, making it possible for you to complete the drive home, to work or to a tire repair facility. It combines a powerful, high-volume, 12-volt air compressor, integral pressure gauge and a latex liquid tire sealant packaged in a compact, lightweight unit that's easy to store in a vehicle.

Another option worth considering is buying a full-size matching spare tire and wheel. Going this route essentially creates a set of five tires that will last longer than just four. The spare should be integrated into the vehicle's tire rotation from the beginning, as this will wear out the spare tire before it becomes too old.

The choice to switch to non-run-flat tires boils down to your comfort level. If having a tire failure and being on the side of the road until roadside service arrives or changing a spare on a busy highway are things you could never cope with, then staying with run-flats is probably best for you. If you're confident changing a spare tire in only a matter of minutes or waiting for roadside service is not a big deal, then you may be someone who could easily make the switch to a non-run-flat tire.

To view available non-run-flat tire options for your BMW, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2007 Subaru WRX STI
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Davie, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 18, 2014

I put this tire through -------- (auto-X's, high speed runs, hard braking, pot holes, etc) and it's lasted well. Traction is excellent but after 17k miles the noise level has been difficult to tolerate. I have some tread left after 20k miles but will be selling my car. Overall I'd recommend the tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.44
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Tiguan
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Snoqualmie, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
March 18, 2014

I am ridiculously happy with these tires. They have been on the car for nearly 2.5 years and 35K miles. The DWS in the tread is still all visible; S is supposed to disappear first, indicating that snow use is not advised. Our WA freeways are pretty rough, so they are a little noisy, but on a smooth surface they are still very quiet. I have more issue with the wind noise from the ski box then with tire noise. I have only driven in light (2") and packed snow and I felt very confident. The Tiguan is kind of a GTI-inspired SUV, and the handling is crisp and responsive and the Contis enhance the driving experience. I like these so much I put them on the wife's G37x Infiniti in January. The OEM-supplied Dunlops tramlined severly; these have greatly reduced that symptom. Not enough time or miles yet to make additional comment.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

1998 Lincoln Navigator
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Shippensburg, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2014

It's true that these tires can suffer from being out of round. When I first had these mounted and balanced, I got the dreaded hobble. BUT I took them back to my installer and they road forced them, dismounted them, turned them on the wheel, rebalanced them, and they're about as perfect as you can get now. I saw the numbers on the balancer myself because my local shop lets me stand there and watch and talk to them since I've been going there for years as has my entire family.

As long as they hold up I'll be tickled pink. My huge SUV now knows what a straight line is, corners well, grips well, and can almost be driven like a car. These tires are also very quiet, especially for being in the Low Rolling Resistance category. I also picked up a couple highway MPGs over my old All-Terrains, which are still in the shed for winter and fun.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 Honda Fit
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Ada, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2014

This is my second set of these tires. The first set was on a Mazda Protege 5 and lasted for over 30,000 miles. These are slightly wider than the OEM tire for the Fit. They provide a much smoother and quieter ride than the OEM tires. Traction is great in dry, wet, and light snow conditions. I switch to winter tires for deep snow (this winter in Michigan they were a lifesaver)! I really like these Continental tires. The only down side to them is the limited sizes available. I'd install them on all my cars if they had sizes available. They really transform the ride of these light cars as they are so much smoother and quieter.

Tirerack's delivery and the quality of the tires delivered were impeccable.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2008 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 18, 2014

These are a great tire for the price and are a major upgrade from the OEM Bridgestones the car came with. These tires are smoother, quieter and more fuel efficient than my previous tires. It's been a tough snowy winter and these tires never failed to get me where I needed to go. Dry traction is good with excellent wet traction. Treadwear is even but a little to early to judge tread life. Based on my experience to date I would buy these tires again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29

2010 BMW 335d Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Oakville, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 19, 2011

The dry and wet weather performance of this tire is excellent at low temperatures in fact I would say the car handles better than it does on the OEM Continental Run-Flats. The tires are good in light snow and traction is excellent but when snow gets deeper, although the car never gets stuck,the tires do not feel as if they are gripping that well and you have to be careful not to brake too hard or they will slide. The tread pattern is not an aggressive winter tire patten. I have had no problems so far due to the fact I drive on roads that usually get ploughed soon after a snow fall but if I was diring in deeper snow more often I'd get something with a slightly more agressive winter tread and forego some of the really excellent dry and wet wether performance.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2011 BMW 335i xDrive Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
March 16, 2014

We Replaced the Original Horrid Michelin Pilots on that came from the factory. These are an amazing difference. They're Quiet and have amazing grip. Now with my car and the AWD and the stability/traction control I can't say that the car itself wasnt the cause for my thoughts on these tires....but Ill say they just really impressed me. Now in deep snow and in a BMW Sports coupe I wasnt able to test the DEEP snow traction, the car turned into a snow plow before that. As the tires wore down I will say the stickyness of the tires wore down with it. They were not bald and still had grip in the snow and wetness but in hard Cornering you could feel the car wanting to break-away and then with a little bit more body roll then I was comfortable with. All-in-All a great tire. I am buying a set now for my 550i

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2008 Audi A4 Avant 3.2 quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Nashua, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2014

Great tire that just works. I only use them 7-8 months/year (have separate winter tires). They are responsive, secure in the wet, perform well in dry and have great longevity. Enough tread left after 31K miles that the "S" is still visible. Should easily go 50K+. Will get a set for our other car (MINI) now.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2005 Mazda MAZDA6 s Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2014

Coming from Continental ExtremeWinterContact's, the Blizzaks are more comfortable, steadier, and more predictable. My old Conti's actually had better take-off grip than the WS70's and had better dry weather grip and dynamics, but rode harsher, made the rear end squirrely, and were less predictable in breakaway events under all conditions. The Blizzaks are better in wet weather versus the Conti's and light years ahead in slushy conditions. I have not been stuck with them on during the winter of 2014, where we have received over 100" of snow. The only thing holding them back would be my car's ride height and lack of all wheel drive.

The only thing I would the WS70's to be better is in absolute grip (acceleration, brake, corning) but only if the predictability and stability were not compromised. Better to have a tire with lower limits that doesn't scare you than one with higher limits that does.

Best Tires for Subaru Outback

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Gary Stanley

If the tires on your Subaru Outback are nearing replacement, be sure to check out the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. While many drivers associate Pirelli with producing ultra high performance tires for exotic high-end sports cars like Ferrari and Lamborghini, they also make outstanding all-season touring tires. In fact, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus is currently ranked number one by our customers in the Grand Touring All-Season performance category.  

The tire's great balance of traction, handling and ride quality to go along with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty make the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus an ideal match for many Subaru Outback drivers.  

Take a look at what Outback owners are saying about their experience with the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus:

"So glad I did my research with Tire Rack and compared the tires side-by-side. After a full week of research, I went with the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus and the difference is amazing. The noise level from my previous Bridgestone Potenza is a 180. The Pirelli is hands down the best tire I've owned!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Subaru Outback Wagon 

"This tire has amazed me since it was installed 10,000 miles ago. Immediately, I noticed a difference in decreased road noise and increased ride comfort over the O.E. Continental. It has been a great tire while driving in heavy rain and an equally as great tire when taking corners a little faster than you should." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

"I bought these tires a month ago to replace tires damaged by road debris. These are by far the best tires I've had on this car, including O.E. Potenzas, Kumho Solus KH16 and two sets of General AltiMAX HPs. These Pirellis are amazing. The car is noticeably quieter and rides smoother - it's like a new car. We have had a snowy winter so far in Connecticut, so I have had many chances to test these on snow and ice. Truly impressive." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean

While you're thinking about tires, check your tires' air pressure since they can lose 1 psi per month. To learn more about this important safety issue, read "Winter Air Pressure Versus Summer Air Pressure."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.18
 
 

2010 Audi A4 2.0 Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

I use my car to visit customers about ~2 days a week, during those highway trips, I put on about ~200 miles total. The remainder, I have a short commute to the office or work from home. This is an AWD car with a 60/40 rear/front torque split so I kept a careful eye on rear tire wear. Tires were rotated every 10k. After the initial break-in and first 10k, I thought the Conti sidewalls were a little soft comparing to my Pirelli OEM's, but all in all, I determined the tire had a good all around rating.

I live in the Bay Area and when my friends don't feel like driving to Lake Tahoe, I volunteer, though my Audi can only hold 1~2 other schlorks including gear (hee hee hee)... Light/heavy snow performance is a 6~7 out of 10, but that's also due to poor ground clearance (and insufficient space in the wheel wells when they fill with snow). But hey, that's what you get with a good looking sedan with 18" wheels...

Last 10k miles, tire noise has increased slightly. I had a good experience with these and am now in the market for another set. Tire Rack will continue to see all my new tire business. Checking out Michelin PS3's, RE970AS's, and Eagle F1's. Will probably go with the PS3's to try something new and because they are relatively all in the same price range. Thank you Tire Rack.

Introducing Continental's New Track Tire, the ContiForceContact

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Continental has brought their Streetable Track & Competition tire, the ContiForceContact, over from Europe. Developed at the world famous Nürburgring circuit, the ContiForceContact is built to deliver extremely high levels of dry traction along with precise steering response and predictable cornering behavior. It is designed to allow driving on the street, though caution should be taken when driving in heavy rain. While it is built to resist hydroplaning, the tire is not recommended for high-speed driving on extremely wet roads/tracks with standing water where there is the risk of hydroplaning.

The ContiForceContact competes with other Streetable Track & Competition tires such as the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup and Pirelli P Zero Corsa System. It offers exceptional performance at the track while allowing drivers to drive to and from the track without changing their wheels and tires. With a treadwear rating of 80, the ContiForceContact isn't intended for long service on the road. The tire would work best on a set of wheels used for track days and performance driving events, or on a second car that is driven primarily for fun. 

ContiForceContact tires are molded with approximately 6/32" of tread depth in their grooves and are left unshaved for use on damp tracks. While the tires do not require shaving for dry track use, their durability and lap time performance will improve if shaved to approximately 4/32" deep tread to begin competitive road racing/track use in dry conditions, however this will sacrifice treadlife.

To learn more about tire shaving as an effective means of permitting more of a tire's performance capability, read "Shaving Tires for Autocross / Track Use / Competition."