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Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Sussex
Real life tyre comparison
For the last 50 or 60K miles in my 159 I had driven on UniRoyal Rainsport 2 and can say that the car never felt unsettled, even giving acceptable grip on snow and ice.
The route I take to work and back every day I have driven for 14 years, I know how fast I can push into bends and roundabouts, I know where I can push the car safely even in the wet, but that respect has been gained in the most recent years on what I have said above.
When we first got the Spider it had Acceleras PH1 tyres on the front and Bridgestone at the back, push where in the same way I would the 159, the Spider would understeer alarmingly, changing to UniRoyals changed that.
The 159 has now gone to a good home, and I am getting to know my Brera, it is surprising different to the Spider in feel. I suspect some of that is due to the tyres, it has Continental Contact 3's all around. Now I'm driving with a bit more enthusiasm as I get used to it, I'm finding on a damp roundabouts it has the same desire to understeer as did the Spider on its original tyres. In fact one morning last week it became very unsettled on a quick roundabout.
What is to be concluded from this? In some of the lengthy debates some have said that Accelera's are not as other people claim. Well compared to the expensive Continental Contact 3, they have a point. But that doesnt mean I'm about to go out and fit PHI's to the Brera, oh no! It may just have to be more UniRoyals.
Someone said to me, "so whats so special about an Alfa Romeo then?" I told him, "If you have to ask, you wont understand".
Giulia Super Lusso 2.0MA, wife drives 939 Spider 2.2, plus Abarth 595 and there is a 1972 Spider 2000 S2 in the garage for fun days.
Previously, Brera 2.2 Prodrive - 159 SW 1.9JTDm - 1.6TS 147
Last edited by Top Down; 01-12-13 at 07:59.
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