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I'm about to bring my S3 N/A out of hibernation and wondered what the latest thinking is on tyres.

Does anybody have  tyres that they are particularly happy with? There seems to be quite a lot of fronts available (195 60 15) but as ever the rears seem to be the issue (235 60 15).

I'm not keen on advertising a chocolate bar but keen to hear any thoughts.

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The challenge will be to find matching tyres for front and rear (I prefer this but you may not) - I had continental premium contact 2 as my first set of four (rear 225) and now the vredestein sport trac (sp.?) are fitted (done two years ago - also rear 225). v happy with both - There is talk that the vred's tend to be almost as wide as the 235's at the back on this forum somewhere...  and the tread is not too modern. 

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I've seen the Pirelli P600's and don't think they look particularly good. They look narrower than some other 225 tyres but I know Lotus suggested that they were the best replacement tyres a few years ago. I think the XJS originally used Goodyear 235 60 ZR 15 tyres as opposed to the VR tyres originally used by Lotus.

@Buddsy - Exactly which vredstein tyres do you have on? they do look good. 

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Vredsteins for me - 225/60/15.

I see that they are now available - having been out of stock for a while last year.

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Good prompt Barrie.  I've just ordered a set of 4 Vreds (Sportrac 5) from Camskill.  Decision finally made after about 15 years of procrastination!   When I've looked before the speed rating has always been wrong, but it says these will be V rated, so happy with that.  Now all I need is a miracle or two from Sparky and I'l be well set for Combe...

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I put 4 x Vredstein Sportrac 5s on mine in 2015. I paid £220 off the internet and £57 to have them fitted.

I have driven 14,000 miles on them since and had no problems at all. I have not gone backwards unintentionally since I got them.

They were replacements for 14 year old tyres. Old and new compared here.

The rears are 225s and have caused no issues being a bit smaller.

And, yes, they do have Giugiaro written on the side!

 

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Apologies Chris - As Kevin said, read the R as the speed rating.

I'd paint the letters black though. :sofa:

 

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