In Europe the question of what winter tires for sports cars have to be, divides drivers into two camps - one prefer that tires provided the maximum coupling on snow, and the second consider that riding qualities on asphalt as in the winter they use the sport cars only on dry and wet roads are more priority, and in case of snowfalls abstain from trips.
Experts consider that key value anyway has coupling on snow and wet covering as in similar conditions a lot of things depend on tires. At the same time when using on dry covering of the tire have to be able to maintain heavy loads and speeds as all of them are intended for sports cars. Thus, from tires rather big level of universality all the same is required, and as has shown the test, not all cope with this task.
The most balanced were two tires developed by Continental and Goodyear, and the third place was taken by tires Michelin which nevertheless had some weaknesses. When experts have estimated the cost of these tires in the German shops, it has appeared that they can quite be considered and the most expensive in the segment. The average price equals 170 euros so mounting of four tires will demand about 800 euros.
While top tires are intended for the exacting drivers who are not constrained financially there are also those who would like to save upon purchase of winter rubber. Especially for them tires Nankang at the cost of 87 euros have been added to the test. The economy can make to 330 euros, but problem that at tires of the Taiwan brand very bad characteristics on snow. They have long braking distance, weak thrust effort and bad controllability on snow-covered surface, and besides, except for the stability test to hydroplaning, they have very poorly acted and on the wet route. At the same time Nankang with their rigid rubber mix provide very good response to turns of wheel and the best braking efficiency on dry covering, and in general they can be recommended to those who goes by the car only in good weather. The similar situation was and with much more expensive Toyo at the cost of 130 euros which can be recommended only with restrictions.
Tires Cooper at the cost of 120 euros have shown mediocre results on snow, but thus could be almost compared to Michelin on dry covering. Besides they have very good indicators on wet surface, especially in respect of resilience to hydroplaning. Thus, they can be recommended for regions where in the winter often it is necessary to move on wet roads.
In the range of 140-150 euros Yokohama, Nokian and Hankook are offered. At tires of Japanese brand the good results on snow accepted on dry and wet asphalt and the high resistance to swing, and at Nokian priorities are placed diametrically. Tires of the Finnish brand save fuel, perfectly work at dry surface, but thus they have weak results on snow and wet covering.
Hankook not could receive assessment It "is recommended", despite good indicators on snow and dry asphalt, and the long braking distance on wet covering became the main reason. Anyway, Hankook could bypass, for example, more expensive Pirelli, at which weak results on snow and dry surface.
Verdict: If there is readiness to be reconciled with small shortcomings, Cooper, Yokohama and Hankook will be interesting alternative to more expensive tires from top brands.
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