Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated)
Follow-Up Review: 6,400 miles on tires
As I pile on more miles (and more races at the local autox events) on these tires, I find myself liking them more and more from a performance point of view. Their predictability and linearity as I approach the limits of adhesion makes them very easy to drive fast. I am very confident with these tires because I know precisely what they will do and how they will behave even if I ask too much from them and they start losing grip. Even when their grip levels have been exceeded, they remain very easy to control. They just don't give me any nasty surprises at all. In the dead of summer, however, they can and do get a little greasy if I continually punish them in an autox setting.<br><br>As I spend more time with the tire, I've also grown to appreciate their grip levels more than before. I have to remind myself that they are not high performance, sticky summer tires with gobs of grip to spare, but as a high performance all seasons tire, I'd say the grip levels are certainly very respectable.<br><br>A less impressive aspect of the tire is its noise level. With only 6400-ish miles on them (7/32 tread in the front tires, 9/32 at the back), the tires are producing quite a bit of white noise at speeds as low as 40+mph. I don't find them overly loud or annoying yet, but it's a far cry from how they were in their first 2000 miles or so. I have recently rotated the tires about ~500 miles ago, but the noise levels don't seem to improve at all.<br><br>It would be unfair for me to comment on treadwear since I constantly punish them at the autox. But as I have indicated earlier, the tires still have 7/32 at the front and 9/32 at the back after 6400-ish miles. This includes 70+ autox runs on courses that range between 45 - 75 secs.<br><br>I also love the aggressive, non-directional tread pattern. Those nice, meaty shoulder blocks just look good, and they don't give off ridiculously loud howls when they are being overwhelmed (again, at the autox).<br><br>Overall, I am quite satisfie
Initial Review: 1,800 miles on tires
For regular all-season street use, these are great tires. They have good grip even at low (ambient) temperatures; they have good wet traction and hydroplaning resistance; and they have good cornering response, grip, and stability. Given their performance characteristics, I'd even say they are pretty comfortable and sufficiently quiet.
The important thing to keep in mind, however, is the qualifying statement for regular all-season street use. While they do a good job for regular street and highway duty, don't be misled into thinking they have any sort of real performance potential. I tried the tires out at a local autox event, and very quickly found out the limits of their capabilities. Despite the high performance all-season designation and the favourable impression I had of them on the street, they proved to be woefully inadequate in any sort of aggressive driving. In a constant radius turn about the size of a typical major intersection left turn (say, 6 lanes wide road with 3 lanes in each direction), the tires started giving up before I even got to 50kph on a warm sunny afternoon in spring (must have been at least 15-16C). So as far as lateral grip is concerned, I wasn't very impressed. However, at least the lost of traction was gradual, linear, and relatively easy to recover from.