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    Default Performance Tyre Recommendations in 205/45/16

    I have been paying zero attention to what the go is for performance tyres lately. They are for the Pug, so I'm not looking for semi slicks or anything. It's had Goodyear Eagle F1's on it and I've been happy with the grip vs wear with those. Considering the new ones of those. What else?

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    Everyone raves about GS-D3 though I've never tried them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kermit
    Everyone raves about DS-G3 though I've never tried them.
    stick with what's best. DS3 are even better than the previous eagle f1's. I'm putting these on my 225 (225/45/17) as soon as needs be as I loved them in 205/45/16 and 195/55/14 too.
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    So these DS3's are the new version of the tyres I had? Mine were the Eagle F1's that came on the 206 GTi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cal
    So these DS3's are the new version of the tyres I had? Mine were the Eagle F1's that came on the 206 GTi.

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    Yes they are. Yours would be GS-D2.
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    The GS-D3's are definately much better than the D2's that were OEM on my pug.

    Much better grip - so far the wear's been pretty good too!
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    Yeah I've been using the new GS-D3 for over 10Ks now, very happy with it.

    It's a huge step forward from the GS-D2, and certainly easier to adapt to the new tyre being the successor.

    Grip is good as usual and the best part is that the tyre is very communicative and doesn't let go all of a sudden, you'll be given plenty of warning before you totally lost grip.

    Not sure about wear rate since it's still new perhaps ask Justin since his are getting 'fairly' thin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J206GTI
    Not sure about wear rate since it's still new perhaps ask Justin since his are getting 'fairly' thin.
    I'll be replacing them shortly, have managed to squeeze about 34,000km. I know I've converted quite a few to the GS-D3 cause, must thank Lincoln for asking me to try them out

    Superb in the wet, and decent in the dry. Not too expensive now either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pug307
    I'll be replacing them shortly, have managed to squeeze about 34,000km. I know I've converted quite a few to the GS-D3 cause, must thank Lincoln for asking me to try them out

    Superb in the wet, and decent in the dry. Not too expensive now either.
    What about noise? I imagine they are quieter than Pirellis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kermit
    What about noise? I imagine they are quieter than Pirellis.
    They're fine in the noise department - not amazing, not terrible.
    There isn't much that isn't better than the P6000, fortunately I never had them. When they were new (~<100km), they had a slight turbine noise under deceleration.

    Only negative over the previous ContiPremiumContacts is a slight increase in fuel consumption during highway driving - around 0.2l/100km or so.

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    also worth checking out BF goodrich (can't remember the exact style) not sure if they come in 16's, but I'd expect that they do....I'm running 15's 205/50 & have been extremely impressed with thier handling in dry, wet & ice ...wear has been minimal, price affordable & they only take about 2-5 kms of twisties to warm up to almost slick grip. They're a cross between performance & everyday, wet handling & have surpassed my expectations! road noise is minimal....& even with some hard driving, they are only just begining to feather on the outside after 4 years. They are basically michies, without the michie price tag & I can highly reccomend them

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    Thanks guys. I can get Goodyear GS-D3's for $182ea. Does that sound fair enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cal
    Thanks guys. I can get Goodyear GS-D3's for $182ea. Does that sound fair enough?

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    Sounds about right for the 16" size you are after. Check with the 206GTi mob (link below in sig) as they would have a better idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kermit
    Sounds about right for the 16" size you are after. Check with the 206GTi mob (link below in sig) as they would have a better idea.
    I paid about $175 for mine after some shopping around the dealers.
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    I'd also consider the Goodyear Revspec RS-02. That's what will go on GTI124 to replace the FM901s.
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    The Revspec RS-02 doesn't come in this size unfortunately.

    I'm looking for a replacement tyre for when my Exalto PE2s wear out on the Clio, and there aren't many premium tyres available in 205/45(Z)R16.

    The best tyre I have found so far is the P Zero Giallo at $310 fitted, but they are soon to be discontinued. Actually, no one apart from 1 tyre shop has heard of them in this size so I suspect they are ancient stock or something.

    Does anyone know much about the Continent SportContact? Its around the $200 mark which seems reasonable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClioF1
    I'm looking for a replacement tyre for when my Exalto PE2s wear out on the Clio
    Are Michelin not bringing the Exalto in yet?
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    Its not looking good at this stage, apparently the Exalto they are thinking about bringing in is a similar story to the Pilot Preceda... an equivalent tyre made in Asia but no where near as good as the proper Michelin tyres from Europe.

    It seems they only import the good stuff in the real expensive tyres for Porsches, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClioF1
    The Revspec RS-02 doesn't come in this size unfortunately.

    I'm looking for a replacement tyre for when my Exalto PE2s wear out on the Clio, and there aren't many premium tyres available in 205/45(Z)R16.

    The best tyre I have found so far is the P Zero Giallo at $310 fitted, but they are soon to be discontinued. Actually, no one apart from 1 tyre shop has heard of them in this size so I suspect they are ancient stock or something.

    Does anyone know much about the Continent SportContact? Its around the $200 mark which seems reasonable.
    I think the PZero Nero have 205/45R16, last time I ask TyrePower they have them in that size back in June. They're around $250 each.

    so Goodyear GS-D3 is not on your list ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by J206GTI
    I think the PZero Nero have 205/45R16, last time I ask TyrePower they have them in that size back in June. They're around $250 each.

    so Goodyear GS-D3 is not on your list ??

    Good luck.

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    Cheers Jason, I am considering the Nero... its meant be an 'all season' tyre so its fairly similar to the Exalto.

    However, I've heard Pirelli tyres have fairly soft sidewalls in the Dragon, Nero and Rosso.

    I have put the GS-D3 down as a tyre to fall back on purely because of the value factor... its a lot cheaper than the other options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClioF1
    However, I've heard Pirelli tyres have fairly soft sidewalls in the Dragon, Nero and Rosso.
    I think the only garantee Pirelli offer is noise.
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    Good news, just called Michelin Oz and a local tyre place... Exaltos PE2s are in stock in the Melbourne warehouse! $259 each!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClioF1
    Good news, just called Michelin Oz and a local tyre place... Exaltos PE2s are in stock in the Melbourne warehouse! $259 each!
    Excellent news. Now we finally get a decent Michelin. I wonder if they are available in 180 and Coupe sizes.
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    Nope, just 205/45R16 at this stage. I'm sure they will bring in other sizes though, even C4 owners will be looking for tyres surely and will hopefully make noise like the RSC owners have
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