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Re: SP8000s & snow..D40M2, too..

Does anyone have any experience with the Pirelli Winter Ice version of the
Winter 210? I am looking for a better handling winter tire for the majority
of days when the roads are dry but I don't want to give up too much of the
ice traction of my Blizzaks.

>>Last year I put Pirelli P210 'snows' on my Coupe Q, and WOW!!
>>These things are decent in the snow, sticky in the rain, and handle great on
>>dry roads. Plus, they're about as quiet as my Dunlop D60A2 'summer' tires.
>>If I thought they'd last long enough, I'd probably leave 'em on my car year
>>My two cents for free (and worth every penny),
>>>Thanks to last night's snowfall, I got a chance to try the D40M2s in real
>>>snow (not the light dusting that I got through Indiana on my way back
>>>from NJ)  this morning in Chicago.  Results: no better than the
>>>descriptions for the SP8000s.  A little like riding on bicycle tires, but I
>>>didn't really expect more from them.  Very good in the rain, though.  Next
>>>winter I _will_ have a real set of snow tires.
>I must second Rob's opinion that the Pirelli 210 is a wonderful tire giving
>good grip in snow and ice and amazingly good dry road performance. I
>am constantly reminding myself that I need to behave myself because I'm
>running snow tires.  As the Pirelli product description says, "Perfect winter
>_tyre_ for medium-sized to large powerful cars." Well, the type 44 certainly
>fits the medium-sized to large category, at least. The 210A may not have the
>ultimate snow and ice grip of the Hakapatooies, but they are a good choice
>for Colorado were it can, indeed, snow like hell, but were the roads below
>10,000 ft. are totally dry 95% of the winter.
>The 210A (asimmetrico) is H rated (210 km/h) and comes in a nice range
>of "performance" sizes up to 235/45R17. I selected the stock size for my
>car, 205/60R15, using the original alloys as winter wheels. Check out
>http://www.pirelli.com/  It just may light your _fyre_.
>DeWitt Harrison  de@aztek-eng.com
>Boulder, CO

Aalok Kacha <aalok@uchicago.edu>
1998 A4q 2.8 (30v, sport, manual)