Wheel Spotlight: ALUTEC Pearl

The ALUTEC brand is one of the newer additions to our lineup. They are headquartered in Germany, with manufacturing facilities in several different countries. Coming from their Poland factory, the Pearl is, in my opinion, one of the nicest-looking wheels they offer. It features a seven-spoke design with a light grey painted finish. The edges of the spokes...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 vs Michelin Pilot Super Sport

If you were to check out customer survey results for the top two tires in the Max Performance Summer category, you would find that the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is currently ranked number one. I've used a set on my own vehicle and you can learn about my experience by taking a look at "Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires Installed on My Car." The second...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus

Had the previous generation Verde (not Plus) on my previous Mercedes MLs. Moved up a size to the GL, and immediately after purchase took off the factory run-flat tires, replacing them with the Verde Plus. Extremely happy with them. I don't cut corners - the size is a touch too large (285 vs. 275) for the vehicle but that's part of what needs to be done. Ride...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

I thought the Pirelli all-season tires (original equipment with this vehicle) were great combined with the Mercedes all-wheel drive system. But the new Pirelli Sottozero Serie II are fabulous especially in wet and/or snowy conditions.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

I thought I was going to have to sell my Mercedes SportCoupe. It's rear-wheel drive with a weight bias to the front... a real problem for ice and snow. The tires I had were still good - 2/3 of the tread remaining on decently-reviewed all season tires. However, the car lost traction everywhere. Wet, Cold, Ice, Snow; anything but warm dry pavement was...  Read More

Winter 2014/2015: Detailed Updates for E9X M3

If you are looking for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for your M3 this year, take a look at the latest information on what is available this year: Sport Edition A7 wheels are available in both black and silver. It's still the go-to wheel for a practical winter package. They are a direct fit with no spacer. They will even use the original bolts and can...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

After reading the review from another, older, Mercedes Benz owner, I was compelled to share my thoughts on Michelin's Defender. Had these tires put on last fall ('13). I had a set of Yokohama Avids and they were the worst tires in the snow. A half an inch of snow would scare me to death. 60,000 mile warranty and I was unable to 25,000 miles out of them. Had...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

These tires were literally a last minute switch. After ordering a totally different brand earlier one day, a friend came into work that night and told me how satisfied he was with the Extreme Contact DWS tires he had just purchased for his Mercedes. Granted, the Mercedes is rear wheel drive and the Saab is front wheel, but we both operate high performance...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero

These came oem on my mercedes. I have read bad reviews however so far these have been great tires. I can't rotate them due to difference size wheels front and rear. Tires are quiet and tread wear has been great thus far. No need to rebalance them or get an alignment yet. Very happy since the day I bought the car last July.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Just finished 8th (yes, eighth) winter with this set running in Minneapolis/StPaul on a RWD 1999 Mercedes C280, my daily driver on a 10 mile round-trip 5-weekday commute. I bolt them on approx Dec 1 and pull them off approx April 15. Tread is half worn, if even that. Very heavy snowfall this past winter (toughest conditions I've seen in a decade). Tires...  Read More

High Quality and a Value Price with the BBS SR

BBS' name is world renowned for making high-quality wheels. With years of success in motorsports, BBS is dedicated to pursuing the highest level of technology and then applying this experience to the street. BBS SR Anthracite Painted BBS SR Machined with Matte Graphite Accent The SR is one of their newest and most affordable cast aluminum monobloc wheels,...  Read More

Best Brake Pads for 2014? It Could Be Brembo's New Offering

All brake pads produce dust as they wear. However, there are some pad materials that create a less noticeable dust and don't make your wheels look like they're covered in tar. A newer form of friction material, called ceramic composite, creates a light-colored dust that's much less noticeable and is less likely to stick to your wheels. Ceramic pads are...  Read More

All-Season Tires for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

With sophisticated all-wheel drive, traction control and weighing 5,622 pounds, you'd expect the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG to dominate in the snow. Surprisingly, this isn't the case because there are no all-season or winter tire choices made in the vehicle's 275/50R20 Original Equipment size.  Do you own one of these amazing SUVs, but a few inches of...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

This tire rides extremely hard on my Mercedes E350. Has been very difficult to balance. You feel every irregularity in the road surface in the steering wheel or the seat of your pants. Seems like the sidewalls have zero flex. It was sold as a comfort tire, not a sports tire. Would not recommend it or every buy again. Should have known better than to buy...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

I purchased a rear wheel drive Mercedes Benz E320 CDI this fall and was concerned with handling this winter. Living in Michigan we see all types of winter driving conditions.I went online to the Tire Rack website and researched tires for winter driving and with their customer service support selected the Bridgstone Blizzak 225/55R16 WS60 tires. I am...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

I own a rear wheel drive 2006 Mercedes E320 CDI and I purchased the Blizzak tires for winter driving in Michigan. I have been very satisfied with their performace on snow and slippery roads. I would not hesitate to purchase them again. The Tire Rack team was very helpful in my purchase. Thanks   Read More

Dunlop Sport Maxx Race: DOT-Legal Track Tire Expands Size Lineup

The Dunlop Sport Maxx Race is a racing tire that is street legal. Unlike some other race tires that are DOT-legal but not intended for road use, the Sport Maxx Race is able to be driven to and from the track. This tire performs excellently on dry roads and was introduced as the stock tire for the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series. Dunlop has recently...  Read More

Excellent Winter / Snow Tire Options for Your E-Series Mercedes-Benz E350, E550 and E63

BMW 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class? Both options are excellent vehicles, but we've seen a spike in drivers going the E-Class route. Have you just picked up an E-Class Sedan, Coupe or Cabriolet? If so, and you live in the Snowbelt region, your E-Class is going to need to be equipped with a set of dedicated winter / snow tires. Given the wide variety of...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

These tires most assuredly saved me from an accident. While driving at about 40mph at an intersection, a drunk driver ran his stop light and T-Boned the car immediately in front of me. Had I hit the brakes I know I would have hit the offending driver. I turned the wheel hard right and although the tires were screeching and screaming their protest, I made the...  Read More

Winter / Snow Tires for BMW M3 Competition Package

The Competition Package (ZCP) for the BMW M3 includes 19" wheels that are a half-inch wider than the standard options. We commonly recommend 235/35R19 on the front and 255/35R19 on the rear for a typical M3 Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, but those sizes will give a stretched look on the ZCP wheels. While the 9" and 10" wide wheels are technically within...  Read More