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Best Tyres for 2017

2nd March 2017

We have seen some of the most technologically advanced tyres released in the last couple of years, providing impressive sports performance and superlative safety. Stay up to date with our list of the best tyres from the last couple of years.


Best for Impressive Braking: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3

In spring 2016, Goodyear released the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 to critical acclaim. Engineered using unique Reinforced Construction Technology, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 is a lightweight tyre that delivers an enhanced handling performance and improved fuel efficiency

Thanks to innovative Goodyear Active Braking Technology, which increases the size of tyre blocks when braking to create a larger contact patch, this tyre delivers braking distances up to 2.6 metres shorter than those of leading competitor tyres*. Furthermore, this tyre comes with a range of recommendations from leading automotive publications, including ‘highly recommended’ from Auto Zeitung (German automotive publication) and ‘especially recommended’ by Sport Auto (German automotive publication).

Find out more about the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3.

*Compared to average performance of 3 latest designs from main competitors in UHP segment (Michelin Pilot Sport 3, Bridgestone Potenza S001, Continental Sport Contact 5). Tested by TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH in Sept – Oct 2015 by order of Goodyear Dunlop. New UHP, Tyre Size: 225/45 R17 91Y; Test Car: VW Golf; Test Locations: Mireval (F), Papenburg (D), TÜV SÜD PS Garching (D); Report No. 713066268.


Best for Superior Sports Performance: Continental SportContact 6

Joining Continental’s ultra-high performance SportContact range, the SportContact 6 was launched in August 2015. Especially suited for sports cars such as the Audi R8 and the Porsche 911, as well as vehicles like the BMW 5 Series, this tyre is ideal for dynamic drivers who demand the most superior driving performance.

Constructed with an innovative ‘Black Chili’ compound, this tyre provides optimum interaction with the road, providing optimum interaction with the road, resulting in superior levels of grip during braking, cornering and acceleration on wet and dry conditions. In addition, the SportContact 6 has been engineered using new Aralon 350 reinforcing material which retains tyre stability at speeds of up to 220 mph and the associated centrifugal forces that come with the extreme speed.

Find out more about the Continental SportContact 6.


Best for Tackling All Weather Conditions: Michelin CrossClimate

Launched in 2015, the Michelin CrossClimate is still making headlines as the very first summer tyre approved for winter conditions. This tyre represents the pinnacle of innovation, as it may mean we no longer have to make the difficult decision about using winter, summer or all season tyres. Based on research that analysed the behaviour of European motorists, the Michelin CrossClimate was developed to enable motorists to run safely all year round on just one set of tyres.

Thanks to an intelligent mix of compounds, the Michelin CrossClimate provides superior braking performance on dry, wet and snow-covered surfaces. Its V-shaped tread design works to simultaneously deliver impressive snow traction and excellent handling in dry conditions. This tyre also provides an impressive tyre life, lasting 6,430km longer than leading competitors*. Don’t just take our word for it, the Michelin CrossClimate has been awarded ‘Winner of Innovation’ at the 2016 Fleet awards.

Find out more about the Michelin CrossClimate.

*Test results conducted by DEKRA TEST CENTER at the request of Michelin, in 2015, on size 205/55 R 16. Gap between average kilometres for MICHELIN CrossClimate vs  GOODYEAR Vector 4Seasons Gen-2, PIRELLI Cinturato All Season, HANKOOK Kinergy 4S, VREDESTEIN Quatrac 5, NOKIAN Weatherproof.


Upcoming Tyre Launches

If you aren’t due to replace your tyres just yet, you might be able to try out some of the upcoming tyres from premium manufacturers. We are expecting the following tyres to hit the market in 2017.


Super Sports Performance: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

Expected to arrive in January 2017, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S will take over from the Michelin Super Sport. Joining the Michelin high performance range, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S is anticipated to provide some of the shortest wet and dry braking distances we have seen from performance tyres.


Tyres of the Future? Goodyear Eagle 360

Whilst still currently a concept tyre, Goodyear may have shown us the future of the automotive sector with their innovative Eagle 360. Conceptualised as a perfect sphere which can move in different directions, the Eagle 360 has solely been envisioned for driverless cars, which could be in our grasp as soon as 2035, according to Goodyear.


Buy new tyres online easily from Merityre Specialists and have them fitted at your local branch at a time to suit you.

If you are interested in any of the specific tyres mentioned and would like further information on whether or not they are suitable for your vehicle, please contact your local Merityre Specialists branch where one of our trained specialists will be able to offer guidance.