In Reply to: Dunlop vs. Pirelli? posted by SteveF on April 09, 1999 at 08:37:02:
: I'm looking for a sportier A/S tire for my 540i.
: I'd really appreciate comments/experiences with the following nominees: Dunlop SP4000 V-rated, Pirelli 6000 Sport-Veloce V-rated, Pirelli 7000 Super-Sport Z-rated, and Michelin XGT-Z4.
: Thanks for your advice,
From your nominees: I run Dunlop sp4000 205/65 in the winter months on my stock rims. They are great tires (good grip, low noise, good wear, low price) for all-around use, but if you do any track time or drive aggressive, you may want a stiffer tire. In the summer months I run Pirelli sport veloces 225/60. Very nice tires, all Pirellis are GREAT tires, but you have to check them occasionally for uneven wear and rotate at 5k or less (don't know if it's the compound or the car's susp geometry) and their annoying characteristic of picking up every little piece of gravel and holding it in the tread blocks. Minor gripe I know, the 7000SS has a diff pattern and wouldn't do this, but co$t much more--don't think the 7000s are dubbed A/S though.
If $$ and good a/s perf matters, I'd recommend the sport veloces first, then the dunlops in the 60 series. If you live in snow country, you would be better off with the dunlops or michelins.
If performance is most important, get the 7000SS, they're about the best.
p.s. --had a set of Michelin xgtz4 on my wife's car. For the xtra money, I didn't think they were any better than the goodyears they replaced. It just hurt more each time she scuffed a curb.