Tyres for front wheel drive hot hatch

Tyres for front wheel drive hot hatch

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arj7

Original Poster:

216 posts

34 months

Monday 18th November
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Hi,

bit of tyre advice please for a front wheel drive Hot hatch what tyres would you recommend?

I always see these two mentioned, which would you pick out of them or are there others?

Uniroyal RainSport 3 or

Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Krikkit

16,767 posts

129 months

Monday 18th November
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PS4's if you're not worried about snow/super wet performance.

You don't mention budget or mileage requirements, but if you're after super performance at lowish miles I can heartily recommend AD08R's, amazing tyres.

DaveH23

2,573 posts

118 months

Monday 18th November
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I've put Rainsport 3's on my Mazda 3 MPS last year.

Only done about 4k miles on them but I think they are great.

AmosMoses

3,518 posts

113 months

Monday 18th November
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Michelin Pilot Sport 4 every day of the week.

arj7

Original Poster:

216 posts

34 months

Monday 18th November
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Krikkit said:
PS4's if you're not worried about snow/super wet performance.

You don't mention budget or mileage requirements, but if you're after super performance at lowish miles I can heartily recommend AD08R's, amazing tyres.
Probably do 8-10k miles a year, got 330 bhp coming through the front wheels!

Not considered AD08R

designforlife

3,279 posts

111 months

Monday 18th November
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Had PS4s on my Integra DC5, great tyres.

aka_kerrly

10,989 posts

158 months

Monday 18th November
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Krikkit said:
PS4's if you're not worried about snow/super wet performance.

You don't mention budget or mileage requirements, but if you're after super performance at lowish miles I can heartily recommend AD08R's, amazing tyres.
Indeed. I've been very impressed wit the ado8s. The toyo R888 and bridgestone re070 nankang ar1 are also good semi track tyres

Ron99

1,144 posts

29 months

Monday 18th November
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Rainsports are highly recommended by some people on this forum but in magazine tests they are usually some way off the abilities of premium brands.

Who to believe?

The last summer tyre test I saw which featured both Rainsport 3s and Pilot 4s, the Rainsports were 4th quartile in the dry and 3rd quartile in the wet compared to Pilot 4s being 1st quartile for both dry and wet.

As for whether that applies on our broken tarmac surfaces, or in winter, I don't know.
I have P Zeros on one of my cars which, in tests, are not far short of Pilot 4 (again, being 1st quartile dry and wet) and I agree that the P Zeros are excellent in mild weather, but quite skittish in cold weather.

Tickle

3,418 posts

152 months

Monday 18th November
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arj7 said:
Krikkit said:
PS4's if you're not worried about snow/super wet performance.

You don't mention budget or mileage requirements, but if you're after super performance at lowish miles I can heartily recommend AD08R's, amazing tyres.
Probably do 8-10k miles a year, got 330 bhp coming through the front wheels!

Not considered AD08R
Another vote for AD08R, great tyre if you prefer your roads dry when pushing on. Not too bad in the wet too.

Note, AD08R are now replaced with RS, a few inconsistent reviews on them that I've read.

snotrag

11,889 posts

159 months

Monday 18th November
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Rainsports are often reccomended by the same people who used to run Toyos T1's.

They are reasonably good value tyres, particularly in the wet (duh) and very good value. They do also work well on lighter cars (like the Toyos did), popular for wet trackdays for Clios/MX5s etc.

They are not in the same league as Pilot Sports, or Goodyear Eagles (which I prefer to Michelins usually).

Haltamer

1,108 posts

28 months

Monday 18th November
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PS4 's seem to be the benchmark for performance in every category.

I've had some on for about 10,000 Miles now, with 1/3 the power - They've got about 4mm all round, which isn't bad considering my driving (Weekend only) and using them for a carlimits day, and a few other autocross like activities - I'd say they've held up excellent.

Furthermore, there is an offer on at Costco - You'll get ~£100 off of a set of four depending on what size you need.

Hol

5,203 posts

148 months

Monday 18th November
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I have Michelin PS4’s all round on my R26 Megane.

I have no complaints.


HM-2

4,679 posts

117 months

Monday 18th November
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I'd suggest the Goodyear Eagle Asymmetric 5. They're (roughly) on par with the PS4 in terms of grip, perhaps a little behind, but they were significantly (about 25%) cheaper when I bought a set of four and have a firmer sidewall, so IMO "feel" better than the Pilot Supersports I had before.

Drive Blind

3,293 posts

125 months

Monday 18th November
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another vote for the PS4

RPJEssex

5 posts

7 months

Monday 18th November
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PS4 here as well, they were great on my fiesta st, a real step up from the Bridgestone potenzas that were the oem choice!!

Kev_Mk3

1,340 posts

43 months

Monday 18th November
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Had rainsport 3's on my e91 bmw. Heavy car and where great, lasted well and loads of grip.

Put PS4 on my Leon daily few months ago and have been fantastic. Reason I fitted them is they where a lot cheaper fitted at Costco than RS3's.

I would buy the PS4 again as RS3 is no longer its now RS5 and I have no review of them.

redguy

80 posts

27 months

Monday 18th November
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PS4's for me.

Bought some earlier in the year for my Cooper SD, after asking on here for recommendations.

Quite simply, they're superb tyres - held in high regard for good reason.

Reciprocating mass

5,537 posts

189 months

Monday 18th November
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I generally have used pilot sports or goodyear eagles on my Megane R.S.250 currently using pilot 4

Johnnytheboy

18,865 posts

134 months

Monday 18th November
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arj7 said:
Hi,

Uniroyal RainSport 3 or

Michelin Pilot Sport 4
Former are best in the wet.

Later supposedly very good in the dry.

I like Rainsport 3s as they are excellent VFM, and I'm much more concerned about wet grip than dry grip.

Johnnytheboy

18,865 posts

134 months

Monday 18th November
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Kev_Mk3 said:
I would buy the PS4 again as RS3 is no longer its now RS5 and I have no review of them.
Good point - just had some RS5s put on my van. hehe