How are people finding brake distance under very heavy braking? Some budget brand tyres are made from harder rubber, so last longer but give you a much longer stopping distance. I'm not saying that these do, just asking if anyone has noticed a difference!
I haven't had to do any heavy braking in a bit over 1000 miles on them but in slow traffic they stopped me OK when a Transit ran into the back of me at some lights.
I will admit to being less confident in them straight out of the box but they are quieter and seem to work fine in normal use so far including a long run to Goodwood and back last week - mostly motorway/dual carriageway of course.
Originally Posted by Sports Tractor
People are getting carried away - there will be performance differences, of course - but to brand them lethal is just ridiculous.
I'd agree with that. They are probably not as good as Continentals but then the Pirellis aren't either. I think there is a certain amount of being led by the nose by these programmes even though I agree it is important to be aware of risks.
Take for example the emphasis being placed on the extra 14m stopping from 70mph on 1mm of standing water. Sure, it could make the difference between a big accident, mild bump or zero contact but it is portrayed as if it is a country mile whereas it is about two car lengths - maybe less if the Conti's longest stopping distance had been used instead of the average. And, yes, I would prefer to be stopping in the shortest space in an emergency before anyone asks that.
I actually can't remember the last time I had to slam on to a stop from 70mph however. In "normal" harder braking at more moderate speeds the difference will be much smaller.
I think I took a reasonably informed decision having read up here, other fora and having regard to the price. Until I noticed the fronts were shot too I was committed to buying Pirelli or Conti again but a full set at a grand was more than I could afford just now.
The full set of Acceleras cost £428 all in. I asked for them on price/read-up reputation not because anyone said they were "really the same as Continentals" and tried to pass them off as being made by them.
I don't expect them to drive as well but I don't think they feel like death traps either.
Put it this way; last year the Pirellis cost me £185 each from Mangos - which was a great price as everywhere was quoting around £225-250 each (as I found again last month) and I'd have bought the full set at basically an extra £80 a corner if I could have got £185 again. But I couldn't and I couldn't drive another couple of months with the tyres in such a dangerous condition - worse than I had originally thought at the front. Nationwide even had the audacity to quote £300 a tyre
with a "generous" 10% discount if I bought all 4!