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Old 14th April 2019, 04:39 PM
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Damn, I am tempted with all the positive reviews. I am soon to switch to summer tyres on A6 and Continentals have not got much tread left so will need to be changed soon anyway. Michelins have been my favourites but at the moment cannot find any decently priced set, mostly single tyres or an odd pair. From what i heard Nankangs have good grip but were wearing quite fast in the past but have improved in last 10 years. Thinking of 215/50R17 or 225/50R17 for A6.

I am also considering taking S4 Cab to Bedford Autodrome before selling it if it can pass noise test. So thinking about another set of alloys 18" with Nankang NS2R 235/40R18 semi slick that could potentially be used on either A6 or S8 in the future even if a bit wrong size.
I ran them on my 8 for a while Ainars they were fine. Grip ok both wet and dry lasted ok too, don't remember miles but for the money they are a good choice. I found with part worns if they'd started wearing say on the outside edge they would carry on wearing regardless to toe settings.
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Old 6th October 2019, 04:37 PM
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Obviously results can be different in different tyre sizes and different cars but on this video it shows wet handling and braking very bad for Accelera. 73m braking distance vs 46m on Michelin, that's madness

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I must say I’ve felt less confident in my acceleras in the wet of late...
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Accelera tyred car would still be doing 31-34MPH as it passed the point where the Michelin tyred car stopped.
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Old 7th October 2019, 12:46 AM
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I guess 73m in wet is not that bad, according to highway code stopping distance from 60 mph is 73 meters in normal circumstances and could be double that in wet. So it's not that much about Accelera being bad but more about how impressive Michelin and some other tyres are.

But then again Highway Code was probably written 50 years ago, tyres have improved since then but Code was never updated
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I guess 73m in wet is not that bad, according to highway code stopping distance from 60 mph is 73 meters in normal circumstances and could be double that in wet. So it's not that much about Accelera being bad but more about how impressive Michelin and some other tyres are.

But then again Highway Code was probably written 50 years ago, tyres have improved since then but Code was never updated
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Then of course the major factors
  • The vehicle
  • Driving style
  • Road conditions.
We don't all drive like we are on a F1 track.
I found the Acceleras comfortable and very grippy, even in the wet. Did some hard roundabout acceleration in the D3 when I fitted them.
They are currently on the 4.2TDI that son Craig uses for work and he is not light footed by any means.
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Old 7th October 2019, 11:12 AM
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You're far more likely to have to do an emergency stop on the road than on the track. Additionally, the deceleration force of a D4 is significantly higher than its acceleration.

This is why the "I don't drive like I'm on a track" argument is fundamentally flawed. Driving on the road is much more unpredictable, and the margins when you overstep the limit are considerably smaller.
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I was really impressed with them when I had them fitted and for a few months afterwards. In all conditions, all over the place in the UK and in France towing etc. But the last month or so I’ve found the front grip in the wet to be poor and found myself aqua planing on the M’way. All wear is even and tread still good.
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