[Biturbos4] Latest on tires

John AudiFans at BackYardEngineering.com
Fri Mar 18 00:06:15 EST 2005

Quincy Chiang wrote:
> I read that S03's are great performing tires, but its sidewall is too stiff
> resulting in awesome handling but poor ride comfort.  Plus they are
> expensive.

I have S03s on 2 cars, S02s on a 3rd, and Yokohama A032 on the 4th. The S02s & 
S03s are excellent wet and dry, being predictable at the limit. I have no 
complaints about ride comfort. They are expensive, but not out of line for the 
class of tire. Besides, you can afford an Audi, so what's the problem... ;-)
The Yoks are sticky R compound tires and as noisy as an aggressive 4x4 truck 
tire, but they stick. Did I mention they also stick well? :-) Tread life is 

> I'll be needing new summer rubber soon as well.  After some research, I've
> narrowed to the Goodyear F1 GS-D3, Toyo T1-S and Falken GB-451.

I used to run older Falkens on a commuter sports car. They were great "bang for 
the buck". My daughter is running the GB-451 on her Rx-7 and changes tires 
almost as often as some of us change our oil! She lives up a canyon and enjoys 
driving...  They are good wet & dry and predictable at the limit.

> I read great things about the Goodyear, very gripy without an overly stiff
> soft so the ride is very good.  The Toyo T1-S probably performs similarly,
> not sure about the ride but they are one of the lightest performance tire on
> the market.  The Falken seems to do everything pretty well, but costs much
> less.  I wouldn't mind getting another set of Michelin Pilot Sport (not PS2),
> they were awesome on my ex-A4 in 225/45-17 size.  I even tracked them once
> and found them to be great with very predictable and progressive
> characteristics.  But they are pretty expensive as well.
> I would like to hear more about the Goodyear, Toyo and Falken, specifically
> on wear, ride quality, noise and trackability.
> Quincy

Personally I hate Goodyear. IMHO they are over-rated & over-priced. I trashed 
the Audi OEM "sport" Goodyears at 17000 miles for the S03s...


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