Tire survey Last update: 05 May 2007

Summer tires
Winter tires
All seasons tires
 
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Handling:  dry/trocken/sec; wet/Nässe/humidité;   snow/Schnee/neige:
Comfort / Komfort / confort: 
Noise / Geräusch / bruit:
Thread wear / Verschleiss / usure:
1:   very good /sehr gut / très bien
2:   good  / gut / bien
3:   satisfactory / zufriedenstellend /  satisfaisant
4:   bad  / schlecht / insuffisant
5:   forget it  / vergiss es / terrible
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"buypagain"
"kaufe  wieder"
"achète encore une fois"
1:   definitely yes / auf jeden Fall / définitivement oui
2:   probably yes /wahrscheinlich / probablement oui
3:   eventually / vielleicht / éventuellement
4:   probably not / wahrscheinlich  nicht / probablement non 
5:   definitely not / bestimmt nicht /définitivement non
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Summer tires
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GoodYear-EAGLE-NCT2 195/55R15 1 2 / 2 3 2 estim:35000 3 / front axle
Yokohama A509 195/50R15 1 1 / 2 1 1 estim40000 3 / rear axle
Goodyear Eagle Ventura 205/50/15 1 1 / 2 2 1 40-45000 1 yes very recommendable tire
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 2 2 5 2 2 2 27000 1 no Winter? Nokian Hakkapeliitta NRW
Firestone Firehawk- Z40 195/55R15V 2 2 2 2 2 2 new 2 no /
Pirelli P4000 195/55R15V 2 4 5 2 2 2 front38/rear50 5 no bad experience with the Pirellis
Pirelli P7000 205/40/ZR17 1 2 4 2 2 3 front35000 1 yes /
Toyo  Proxes T1 205/40ZR17 1 2 5 3 2 2 20000 1 yes not recomendable for bad streets (same as other 40ies tires)
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 3 4 5 2 2 2 25000 5 no Changed to 215/40ZR17;   15" are OK to be used for winter tires
Michelin Pilote 195/45R16 1 2 5 2 3 2 35000 1 yes /
Good Year NCT3 195/55R15 2 4 5 2 2 4 11000 3 no /
Toyo Proxes-T1S 195/55VR15 4 4 5 2 2 2 / 5 no 6000 km until now
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 2 4 5 1 2 1 / 3 yes /
Toyo T1+ 195/55/15 2 1 3 2 2 5 / 2 no /
GoodYear Eagle NCT2 195/55R15 2 4 / 2 1 2 15000 4 no Bad experiences with aquaplaning
Barum  (France) 195/55R15 2 2 5 1 1 1 25000 3 no Rear tires still almost as new
Pirelli P4000 195/55R15 4 5 5 3 2 5 20000 5 no With "normal" engine fairly well, with "turbo" engine forget it !
Toyo Proxes T1 215/40ZR17 3 3 5 2 2 4 10000 4 no On front axle after 5000km half profile away
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 2 4 4 2 2 5 30000 5 / Never had as much aquaplaning as with these tires.  Unpleasant to drive starting at 22000km . 
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 2 3 4 2 2 2 25000 2 no /
Pirelli P4000 195/55R15 2 3 5 2 2 4 13000 3 no /
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 4 4 2 3 3 2 15000 4 / /
GoodYear F1 205/50R15 1 1 5 1 1 1 25-30000 1 yes /
Toyo Proxes T1 215/40R17 1 4 5 3 2 2 40000 1 / Only disadventage: tyre gets very easy to aquaplan on straights. But: Relatively low priced.
GoodYear Eagle F1 215/40R17 1 2 5 4 3 3 / 1 yes /
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 2 3 3 1 1 1 / 2 / /
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 4 4 5 2 2 5 25000 4 yes The P6000 are not good at high speeds.  The Michelin SX MXX3 on my 1st b. were great (35000km)
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 1 1 5 3 3 2 front: 22000  1 no Excellent on a race track: predictable and progressive in both wet and dry conditions, good resistance to understeer.
GoodYear Eagle F1 195/55R15 2 1 3 2 1 3 estim:15000 1 / Very good wet weather grip
Pirelli P4000 195/55R15 2 5 5 4 3 1 30000 5 yes Bad experience with the P4000, very slippery on the wet and slips unexpectedly on dry surface also
Pirelli  P6000 195/55R15 2 2 5 2 2 3 / 2 / /
Toyo T1S Proxes 195/55R15 4 2 3 2 2 2 / 5 / Despite their good result in the tests, in my opinion, they don't cope at all with the barchetta
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 2 4 5 3 3 3 / 5 / I hate these tyres. They tramline, there's no grip in the wet
Continental Eco CP 205/50R15V 2 1 5 1 2 3 45000 4 no Late aquaplaning as long as they have more than 3mm thread. Tend to squeak on dry road - anoying.
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 2 3 5 2 2 5 18000 3 / /
Pirelli P4000 195/55R15 4 3 4 2 3 5 15000 5 yes /
Pirelli P5000 Drago 195/55R15 5 3 / 5 5 2 40000 2 / /
Michelin Pilot SX GT 205/50R15 1 2 3 1 1 1 30000 1 yes It's the 3rd time I bought those tires.  Excellent at all meteorogical condition, low usage, but quite expensive 
Pirelli P5000 Drago 205/50R15 1 1 4 2 2 2 20000 1 yes /
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 2 1 / 2 2 3 / 2 / /
Pirelli P5000 Drago 195/55R15 1 3 / 2 3 1 55000 3 yes I bought these tires in Germany.  They responded great on autobahn.  A little loud.  Severe hydroplaning when they need changing.
GoodYear Eagle F1 195/55R15 2 1 / 2 1 3 15000 5 / Will definitely try Bridgestones the next time I need new tyres.
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 2 1 / 2 1 2 30000 1 no /
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 1 2 3 1 2 3 30000 1 no /
Goodyear Eagle F1 195/55R15 4 3 3 2 3 3 / 5 / /
Pirelli 6000 195/55R15 2 3 4 3 3 3 14600 5 no /
Bridgestone S03 Pole Position 215/40R17 1 2 / 3 3 3 (new) 1 / New tire by Bridgestone, replacement for S02. Should give better wear, better wet handling, more consistent performance during wear. First impression: less tramlining in 215/40 then my original 205/40 Pirelli's !
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 1 2 / 3 3 3 estim30000 3 no bought second hand, together with the "multi spoke" aloys
GoodYear-EAGLE-NCT2 195/55R15 1 3 4 2 3 2 25000 1 / /
GoodYear-EAGLE-NCT2 195/55R15 1 3 / 2 1 2 20000 1 yes Unfortunately the NCT2 has been replaced with the not-so-good-looking NCT3. Due to the thread pattern, the NCT2 looks wider than it actually is!
GoodYear-EAGLE F1 195/55R15 1 2 / 2 1 3 20000 1 yes The 'V'-thread pattern just looks great! Would I change to 205/50? Well, I have 195 front and 205 rear as the 195's were sold out :)
Pirelli P4000 195/55R15 2 4 / 2 3 1 20000 5 no The front wears down fast (or is it my driving style?). Rears replaced after 65000 as they became unround!!
GoodYear-EAGLE-NCT2 195/55R15 1 1 1 1 1 1 40000 1 1 /
GoodYear-EAGLE-NCT5 195/55R15 1 2 / 1 1 1 estim40000 1 no  Very recommendable tire
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 3 3 / 2 3 3 25000 1 yes default factory tires.... I prefer my old Firestones 700 on the Marea WE... long life...
Uniroyal  540 195/55R15 2 1 / 2 2 1 25000 1 / /
GoodYear-EAGLE-NCT2 195/55R15 1 1 1 1 / 1 / 1 / /
Firestone  Firehawk- Z40 195/55R15 1 1 / 2 2 2 45000 1 / /
Dunlop SP9000 215/40ZR17 1 5 / 1 1 2 / 1 / /
Fulda Extremo 225/40R16 1 3 / 5 1 1 20000 1 / /
Yokohama A520 205/40R16 1 4 / 3 3 3 10000? 1 / /
GoodYear-EAGLE GT 205/50R15 1 1 4 1 1 1 / 1 yes These tires are rated up to 260 Km/h.  Absolute best performance on both wet and dry conditions.  I have driven on exit/entrace ramps at 80 and 90 KmPH with no skidding.  At top speeds of 200 to 220 KmPH the car does not drift or shake like on the Yokohama 195/50R15 that came with the car. 
Bridgestone Potenza re710 / 1 1 / 1 1 1 / 1 / /
Uniroyal AS-6000 185/65R14 1 1 / 1 1 1 / 1 / /
GoodYear Eagle Ventura  195/55R15 1 1 / 1 1 1 / 1 / /
GoodYear-EAGLE-NCT2 195/55R15 1 1 / 1 1 1 / 1 / /
GoodYear-F1 215/40R17 1 2 / 3 2 1 / 1 no /
Bridgestone Potenza RE710 195/50R15 1 1 / 1 2 2 30000 1 no Great tires indeed, gripping is massive, once hot they truly stick to the ground. On water behave extremely well. (Lima, Peru)
Bridgestone Potenza RE710 205/50R15 1 2 / 1 2 3 20000(front) 1 yes Impressive tyre, especially when compared to the standard Pirelli P4000.  Reasonably priced, good looks with rim protector and directional tread pattern.  No problems at all with 205/15R15
Dunlop SP200 195/55R15 2 1 / 1 2 1 20000 1 / Much better in the wet than the original Pirellis. Good handling as long as you don't do a Stirling Moss imitation.
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 1 5 / 2 1 2 22000 5 / The factory-fitted Pirelli tyres haben  absolutely lethal handling in the wet. When crossing white marker lines the car is sliding all over the place.
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 2 4 / 2 2 2 / 3 / 35,000 km until now
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 1 3 5 2 2 1 70000 5 / /
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 3 2 / 3 4 4 35000 4 / Have worn quite well (swopped front to back at 15,000km) but poor grip in wet and particularly over white lines etc.
Pirelli P7000 195/55R15 1 3 3 2 2 2 / 1 /  gotta get some 205's they look hot especially from behind
Pirelli P6000 195/55R15 2 3 5 2 2 2 37000 3 no Should be up-flatted to 2.4 bar to have good handling. Good compromise but I'll try other tyres. 
GoodYear NTC5 205/55R/16 2 2 5 2 3 2 / 5 no /
Bridgestone G3 ? 1 1 / 1 1 1 ? 1 / /
GoodYear NTC5 195/60R15 1 2 / 1 1 1 42-45000 1 / Very good tyre. Even wear tread
Yokohama 195/60R15 3 2 / 3 3 3 18000 3 yes /
Hankook 205/40/R17 2 4 / 4 4 1 200000 2 no /
GoodYear NTC5 195/55R15 1 1 / 1 1 1 ? 1 / /
Nokian NRV 195/55R15 1 1 5 1 1 2 25000 1 no /
 

Winter tires

MakeppModelpppppppppppp Dimensions  dry wet snow Comfort Noise Thread
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GoodYear UltraGrip 6 195/55R15 1 2 1 2 2 2 36000 1 / /
Pirelli W210A 195/55R15 3 1 1 1 1 1 / 1 no /
Dunlop SP Winter M2 195/55R15 4 3 1 2 2 2 / 3 no 5000 km until today
Dunlop SP Sport M2 195/50R15 1 1 3 2 1 2 30000 1 yes /
Yokohama F310 Winter 185/55R15 2 2 1 2 2 2 15000 1 no /
Vredestein Wintrac 195/55R15 2 1 2 1 1 2 30000 2 no  Not so good on ice.  A bit "wobbly" on fast maneuvers at high speeds
Semperit Direction Grip 185/55R15 2 1 1 1 1 1 30000 2 / /
Yokohama A520 195/55R15 1 1 / 1 1 3 30000(front) 4 / This is my second set of A520's.  The first set was a different tread and seemed to last a lot longer.  The tread pattern was also more attractive.  Next time Bridgestone S03's!
Michelin  Arctic-Alpin 195/70R14 2 2 2 1 1 2 / 1 yes /
Goodyear Eagle GW-3 195/55R15 1 2 1 1 1 2 5000 1 no Excellent grip in snow, very comfortable and quiet. Nice to see!
 

All seasons tires
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Yokohama-A520 225/40R17 1 2 2 2 2 1 front:20000 1 yes /
TOYO-Proxes-T1-s 205/45/16 1 1 2 2 2 3 15000 1 yes fantastic in the wet, ...giving the driver plenty of warning that they are going to let go
Yokohama ATS 195/55R15 1 1 3 3 3 3 front:17000 2 no /
Bridgestone Potenza SO2 205/45ZR16 1 1 3 1 1 1 20000 1 yes Forget all these comments about preferring the car to have soft-progressive breakaway handling. Saftey is about grip, not the lack of it. Good tyres also don't aquaplane or tramline. They give you more information about what's happening and without a delay found in larger tyres. 
Pirelli 195/55R15 3 3 3 3 4 1 40-50000 3 / I don't drive on the limit at all, and I'd imagine this is where its more important to get tyre feedback
Yokohama A520 205/50R15 1 4 5 3 2 3 20000 3 yes /
DUNLOP SP SPORT 9000 215/40ZR16 1 2 / 2 2 1 / 1 / Die Kombination steht ca. 3 cm am hinteren Radkasten über,größte Vorsicht ist geboten bei BORDSTEINEN !
Vredenstein Sportrac 195/55R15 2 1 1 1 2 1 35000 1 no Looks nice, very comfortable, less noise and good all weather performance. :-)   (I used Toyo tyres before...)
Uniroyal RTT2 205/45R16 5 4 / 3 3 3 35000 4 yes /
Marangoni Zeta 205/45R16 1 3 / 2 2 2 30000 1 yes Eibach Springs, Eibach anti-roll bars, koni shock absorbers (rear 1.5 turns, front 1 3/4 from soft), front strut brace, wheel alignement set toe in 1mm. 16 inch wheels.  Remove all noise reduction plastic trunking from engine compartment and put free flow air filter...
Pirelli  P7000 215/50/ZR15 1 1 3 2 1 1 25000 1 yes Fantastic traction control, like a block on the road. But that's really what you need with a Barchetta / front-wheel drive :) Relatively not expensive, highly recommended.
Hancook Hancook 195/50R15 2 1 / 2 2 1 ? 1 / ... they are excellent. They take a while to warm up but once they have they are brilliant, gripping and sliding predictably. I used them on a race track and they never let go once no matter how hard I tried. Fantastic in the wet, they never aquaplane whatever the speed. 
Dunlop SP9000 205/40R17 5 3 3 5 5 5 20000 5 / /
Eagle F1 EMT  195/50R15 1 1 3 4 2 2 30000 1 no Supertire, superb steering reaction, nice interacting with driver and criminaly good wet handling capabilities. Plus don't run flat when pressure's gone
Nankang 195/50R15 3 3 / 4 5 4 5000 5 / Terrible tyres! They were on the car when I bought it, never heard of the brand before. Although they are still very new, I will be replacing all 4 of them within a month. Tyres aren't perfectly round causing the car to shake.
Uniroyal Rally 540 195/55R15 2 2 4 2 3 2 40/50000 1 no Comment: long life tyre, not so expensive... it was a good choice replacing my previous Pirelli P6000 (25000 kms!).  Tried on summer meeting in the south of France and then discovered it's a good tyre in the mountains on warm road !  The barchetta is so funny :o)

Please note, that a change from 195/55 to 205/50 on 15" rims may be ILLEGAL in some countries !
 

Thanks for your input.