I'm sorry, but comparing tyres to a t-shirt is not the same, a t-shirt is basic and can be made anywhere, by almost anybody, and the fabric probably turns up at the factory to be cut and stitched together - tyre tread patterns and resulting driving characteristics take hell of a lot of design, testing and science - You might as well be saying that a Dacia is equivalent to a Lamborghini - it's got 4 wheels and an engine after all....
I actually was aware that Accelera used a Continental tread pattern, albeit an old one - but its the compounds that make the difference, and ultimately the compounds which dictate wear and performance across temperature ranges - you're paying extra for the name, granted - but you're also paying for the science and the expertise behind them.
I'd be interested to see if anyone could bring up the related performance tests for the Continental SC2 and equivalent Accelera and see how they compare - The EU labeling ratings for the Acceleras I had were far worse than the ratings for the ones I replaced them with - so not really comparable - although apparently there was only 2dB in the noise ratings - not exactly sure how....
To add to
's note above about different characteristics and different tyre sizes for the same tyre - many people on here have no issues with the Acceleras at 19", plenty of people complaining about the same tyre at 18" and below though, and I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised how capable the Acceleras were in the dry at least.
Call us fanboys all you like, if it's mine and my family's safety at risk, the added cost for premium tyres doesn't even come into it.
- buy the Falkens if you like, tell us your thoughts - it'd be good to have some alternative tyres, the odd size of the Ti wheels makes decent tyres a bit of a limited choice.