Had a rear right tyre puncture with the OEM Bridgestone S001 RFT 19" (AR specified) the other day. The inner edges were very used compared to the outer edges; which I was checking regularly, so be careful and check the inner side of the rear tyres as well, especially if you like to drive it fast through the corners.
Anyway, for the next tyre I went with the new Pirelli P Zero RFT. Was not sure before if I should go RFT or not, but on the Bridgestones RFT saved me from being late on a seminar so I decided to go with it again for safety reasons; because car is used a lot and needs to be always ready (almost 44.000 miles in 2 years).
So the other day I got them fitted - 225/40-19 at the front and 255/35-19 at the rear. And I got to say they are better in every way then OEM Bridgestones.
- Firstly they are much much quieter (68 db per tyre vs 72 db)
- Secondly they are more comfortable over the bumps
- Thirdly they are smoother and more progressive on the limit
- And lastly, there is no more front end skipping on full lock
I was also considering Michelin 4S (non RFT), but ultimately decided for Pirellis.
Do not confuse this P Zero model with the older version. These are completely new design and I strongly believe that Alfa should fit them from factory instead of Bridgestones - but at the time of release of the Giulia, they were not yet on the market.
However, I also think that Michelin 4S tyres should be fitted to Veloce - just like they are shipping it with the new BMW 330i - which is already beating Giulia Veloce on track - most likely because of Michelin 4S offering substantially more grip than the Bridgestone S001, rather than 3 series having better chassis.
Link to the tyres: https://www.pirelli.com/tyres/en-ww/...#gallery-image
P.S. Today was a pretty wet day, so I got a chance to test them in those conditions as well. Had a couple of intensional (and one not so intensional) rear end slips, but overall they are very confidence inspiring, allowing you to really push it. Car is Giulia 2.0 200hp btw.