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Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: United Kingdom
I put Acceleras (18") on my 159 SW about a year ago now - primarily, because there wasn't really anything else available when my previous tyres needed replacement. This was a real departure for me as I'm otherwise completely obsessive about tyres (for example, I will only fit Michelin PS2s - and all with matching manufacturing dates - on the 911) so I really had no idea what to expect.
After 12 months usage, I wouldn't pretend they're going to give the same overall results as a premium tyre. Their dry weather performance is, however, surprisingly good - probably 90% or more of what a premium tyre can do. In the wet, they're not quite so good - especially under acceleration, strangely. Any good-quality, mid-range or premium tyre will give you better wet performance.
BUT... this is all a question of degree; whilst the Acceleras aren't so good in the wet, nor are they dangerous ditch-finders. If you accept that they will only give you 80% of the grip a mid-range tyre offers and drive accordingly, they're fine and for silly-cheap money! 80% of the performance for 50% (or less) of the cost is - in the right circumstances - a good trade-off.
Which brings me to the horses-for-courses argument. My 2.2 SW, isn't a quick car (180 BHP in a 1.8 ton vehicle will never be rapid)! As I also use it primarily for work (a lot of the time in traffic or on motorways) it rarely gets driven enthusiastically. For this car (and how it's used) the Acceleras, frankly, are good enough. They also last very well - I have over 10,000 miles on them now (with almost even wear due to the caster/camber/toe alignment I had done) and there's still 4mm (inner) 5mm (outer) remaining on the fronts! The rears have barely worn at all.
Would I use Acceleras on something quicker? No, never. Would I use them on an Alfa that was regularly driven hard? Probably not. Will I use them again on my SW? Depends on what else is available and cost. Would I rule them out? No.
Hope this mini assessment is of some use.
Ian from Manchester, UK
(Certifiable Car Nut)!
Current Alfa: 159 Sportwagon 2.2 JTS
Previous Alfas: 156 2.5, 164 3.0, 75 3.0
Other Current Cars: Porsche 997S Gen-2 PDK, BMW Z4 sDrive 23i