Results of the latest Which? tyre test report
The independent UK consumer group Which? carries out comparative tests on tyres on an annual basis and the results of their latest tests are in the November 2011 issue of their magazine. The tests covered two tyre sizes - 175/65 R14T and 195/65 R15V - and Continental Conti PremiumContact2 tyres came out well in both tyre sizes together with Uniroyal Rain Expert, Michelin Energy Saver, Vredestein Sporttrac 3V and Nokian V.

Test results on Summer tyres
175/65 R14T results
Test score
Continental Conti PremiumContact2
69%
Uniroyal Rain Expert
67%
Michelin Energy Saver
67%
Hankook Optima K715
66%
195/65 R15V
Vredestein Sportrac 3V
69%
Nokian V
67%
Bridgestone Ecopia EP 150
66%
Continental Conti PremiumContact2
65%

How well do these tyre test results help a V8 enthusiast choose replacement tyres for an MGV8?
The tyre reviews carried out by independent bodies like consumer groups or specialist motor magazines are based on comparative tyre tests of dry and wet handling, braking performance and wear. But how well can these results be applied to a classic car like an MGV8?

Well firstly we understand the tests are carried out with the tyres fitted to modern popular saloons or hatchbacks, for example a VW Golf or Ford Focus, so there is inevitably some uncertainty over how well those test results and recommendations translate from a modern car with a modern suspension package to an MGV8 with suspension from an earlier age. Also the tests are usually on a slightly different tyre size too.

The second area of critiscm occasionally raised by one or two V8 members is over how the test score for each tyre is determined because the scores under each test category are weighted. The Which? weightings are - 40% wet grip, 20% dry grip, 20% wear, 10% fuel economy and 10% noise. As the "driving feel" of a classic car is part of the pleasure of the car, the ride and handling factors are of particular importance to a V8 enthusiast rather than wear. As most classic cars have very modest annual mileages, the wear rate is usually rarely a real concern as the tyres age and require replacement long before they wear out. So generally V8 enthusiasts place a higher weighting on handling and braking performance.

So the Which? magazine test results may not be a perfect guide for V8 enthusiasts but it is fair to say the results do provide useful comparative tyre performance information which many V8 members feel offers some help in deciding on replacement tyre choices. The reports from fellow members of their experience with particular tyre brands are also very useful too.

175/65 R14T

Replacement tyres for a classic sportscar like the MGBGTV8 and MG RV8 has been a topic often discussed by V8 enthusiasts. This note provides links to comments from several V8 Bulletin Board threads on the topic.

Continental tyres have been rated well in previous tests and many V8 members have fitted them to their MGBGTV8 and MG RV8 models reporting satisfaction with roadholding and ride characteristics.

Tyre technology constantly improves in terms of tyre structures, rubber compounds and tread patterns producing new tyres with enhanced levels of grip, roadholding and ride.


Earlier comments from V8 members on replacement tyres and their tyre choices
Replacement tyres for a classic sportscar like the MGBGTV8 and MG RV8 has been a topic often discussed by V8 enthusiasts.
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First note provides links to comments from several V8 Bulletin Board threads on the topic. 260609 More

Replacement tyres comments from Andrew Jeyarajah 260309 More

Replacement tyre comments from Matt Jones. 091108 More

Replacement tyre comments from Dennis Wharf. 150508 More

See Which? tyre care online. More


Source: Which? magazine November 2011 acknowledged. Posted: 201011
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