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Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: United Kingdom
As usual with tyre threads this will fall into two camps.
The guys that only buy premium and those that are looking for a more budget conscious choice...Having covered around 50k in two GT's I have more than my fair share of tyre experience on these cars..I think I am on my 3rd set all in..
started with pirelli P-zero's on my previous GT which were lovely, plenty of feedback and good grip in both wet and dry conditions, found them a bit noisy by the end of a 500 mile drive up to Scotland, I rotate tyres so the wear rate is even between front and back and change them all at the same time, that said the rears were still legal when they came off and are in the garage as emergency tyres , 5k still in them if rear mounted...don't eckon they would last more than 3k on the front though.
next tire was conti contact sport 5 which came with the new GT and I found these great as well, bit more wet grip than the pirelli, dry performance the same and a little quieter on the M-way again got around 17k out of these all said and done, same deal as before have two in the garage with about 3k left in them
now to the current set which are the only ones I will buy again when they need replacing..Nexen N8000, these are simply a fantastic tyre, not just for the money, easily as good as the michelins and Pirelli's at about half the cost, also after about 17k very spirited miles ,with the car now at around 230 BHP they are still legal with around another 8k in them.
when It's time for new tyres it will be the Nexens again here..of course you will have someone come along and call anything that isn't premium ''Ditchfinders'' but I can tell you I have been nowhere near any ditches and despite some very spirited driving I have not been able to provoke anything unexpected out of these tyres.
at around £50 a corner for 18''s well worth a look IMO.
GT blackline,Bilstien B12's and Eibach Anti roll bar kit,Quaife Diff,Autolusso performance pads, de-cat downpipe,hybrid turbo,stage one clutch,autolusso re-map, swirl flap and egr delete, leon cupra front splitter,novitec light covers,simone racing gear knob.