Originally Posted by King_con
Has anybody tried the Pirelli P7000 tyres? i'm kind of torn between them and the Toyo Proxes T1-R, the're similar in price (from mytyres) i know from reading through the posts that the proxes are good, but i'm inclined to go for the Pirellis, partly because i'm a brand ***** and a tyre that costs £130 from kwik fit cant be all bad, can it?
My 147 17" wheels are fitted with P7000 as these were the factory fitted tyres. Personally I have no problem with them, although my experience is limited so I can't offer too many comparisons. IMO though, the fact that they were the factory fitted tyres means that they were also the tyres used when the car homologation (i.e. original approval testing for the design, handling, funtion etc of the car) was carried out. I'm not an expert on car stuff so I am happy to go with what the OEM engineers specified.
£130 from Kwikfit is outrageous. Don't do it unless you have no other option as Blackcircles are selling them for £85 fitted. Kwikfit currently offer 20% off on tyres which brings the price down to around £100 which is a start. National tyres also have vastly over inflated prices but our local one is offering 2 for 1 which makes it more reasonable. Also might be worth trying to get a price beat deal from them.
Originally Posted by 147virgin
Wots the difference between the Pirelli P6000 and the P7000?
As far as I have seen, P6000 are generally spec'd on 147s with 16" wheels while P7000 have a lower profile suited to the 17" rims. According to the Pirelli website they don't do a 17" 215/45 version of the P6000. Pics below show the design difference. They are available in lower profile sizes but were obviously not chosen by Alfa as the offical production tyre for all wheel sizes.
Originally Posted by David C
Maybe KwikFit just make more profit from the Pirelli tyres because people assume they must be good.
I also think they count on the fact that most people are lazy or don't shop around or need the perceived convenience that Kwikfit offer.