Completing Your Golf R - Summer Tires for the 2012 Golf R

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

About a month ago we had the opportunity to test drive the 2012 VW GTI on the Tire Rack test track. This is one really nice car!

Maybe someday we'll get to test the best amongst all Golfs in my opinion: the 2012 VW Golf R. VW has gotten a lot of things right with the 2012 Golf R. First of all, the vehicle is only available with a 6-speed transmission. Next, they didn't go overboard with styling and just added some minor tweaks and subtle badging.

Volkswagen equipped the Golf R with Ultra High Performance All-Season tires as standard equipment. It'll either come with 225/40-18 Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season or 225/40-18 Dunlop SP Sport 01 A/S. For their category, each tire is a decent option. However, if you want ultimate grip for the ultimate Golf, take a look at some sticky summer tires. I'd look at both the Extreme Performance Summer and Max Performance Summer categories.

For a Max Performance Summer tire, I'd choose either the Michelin Pilot Super Sport or Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2. The Pilot Super Sport performed well during our testing and feedback from drivers has been outstanding. Goodyear's internal testing on the Asymmetric 2 showed solid improvement over its predecessor and we'll be testing the tire in late June.

If you're going to be driving your Golf R in a spirited manner, go with the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11. I like RE-11 tires over others in the Extreme Performance Summer category for its above-average tread noise and ride compliance. It's non-directional tread design can also be rotated in an "X" pattern to maintain even wear. It's critical to maintain even wear to avoid the tread noise caused by irregular heel-and-toe wear.
 

225/40-18 Max Performance Summer Michelin Pilot Super Sport $226*
Michelin Pilot
Super Sport
225/40-18 Max Peformance Summer Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 $189*
Goodyear Eagle F1
Asymmetric 2

Bridgestone Potenza
RE-11


What about wheels to go with your new tires? The Golf R wheels look a little like the Audi sport sedan wheels, and they seem a little out of place on the Golf R to me. If you opt for different wheels then you should stay with BBS. 

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18x8 5-112 ET50 Bright Silver BBS CH
18x8 5-112 44ET Bright Silver BBS CK $375*
18x8 5-112 44ET Bright Silver BBS CK


Since your Golf R uses the indirect ABS-based TPMS sensors, there's no extra cost for the direct sensors that'll come with your Tire & Wheel Package. 225/40-18 Bridgestone Potenza RE-11s on the BBS CH are $2,980*. 

*Price subject to change, excludes shipping

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