I recently bought 18" BK Racing BK999 VXR replica alloy wheels for my Astra Coupe SE2 1.8, but I have not managed to get tyres for them yet. I've always bought Goodyears in the past, mostly Eagle F1's for my performance cars, and "run of the mill" Goodyears for my basic cars. I used Eagle F1 GSD2's and found them good, then progressed to GSD3's and found them even better, with amazing levels of grip in the wet or dry. I have fitted 4 sets of Eagle F1 GSD3's to my current car. The only gripe I have ever had with them are the fact that they are really bad in snow.
However, recently I had been noticing that Ferraris, Porsches, and other similar are all fitted with asymmetrical tyres, usually from Continental, Michelin, etc. Obviously I found it strange that these cars would have a lot more power, and place a far higher demand on the tyres than any of my cars, but didn't have "V-tread" tyres. This led me to think that if all these cars had asymmetrical design tyres, from other manufacturers, they may be better performers than my Goodyears.
When I heard that the GSD3's were to be discontinued, and replaced by the Eagle F1 Asymmetric, I thought this was a brilliant idea, and couldn't wait to get my hands on a set for my new wheels. However, although they were listed as an available size on the Goodyear website from the start of October, none of the suppliers knew when they would be available. I patiently waited for them to appear, and after being told by the suppliers they should be available any week, I eventually got in touch with Goodyear themselves at the end of October.
I have now been waiting 10 weeks since first contacting Goodyear, my patience is coming to an end. No-one should be forced to wait two and a half months, yet still not even be able get a date when it will be possible to order the tyres. To add insult to injury, they stopped making the GSD3's in this size long before they started Asymmetric. Goodyear have given me several excuses including the fact that all 35 profile Eagle F1 Asymmetric tyres failed the first quality tests (which in itself doesn't inspire confidence), and production had to be further delayed. I have spoken to Steve Carless several times who is the Logistics Manager for Goodyear UK, but have gotten no-where with him.
They still cannot estimate when these tyres will start production, which has led me to start looking for alternatives. I wanted an Asymmetric tyre rather than another V-tread one as I thought they might be better in the snow. I have heard that the MICHELIN PILOT SPORT 2 are not bad, but I have been drawn towards the CONTINENTAL CONTI SPORTCONTACT 3 as this is OE on the VXR and therefore must be a good tyre! I can get these delivered, fitted, all in for £147 each. Is this a good price, or can anyone do better?