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Performance all-season tires

The PZero Nero All-Season has an asymmetric all-season tread.

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Pirelli PZero All-Season

First, there was the PZero Nero summer tire, then the PZero Nero M+S (mud and snow) all-season – and now this, simply the Pzero Nero all-season.

Confusing names aside, the differences in all three tires become quickly apparent. The summer version of the tire is dedicated to the aftermarket extreme tuning consumer market. The M+S version is aimed at tuners who want tires that can run in poor weather conditions.

And the new all-season tire is aimed at auto manufacturers for original equipment (OE) use and the replacement tire market for high performance cars. This tire actually has a 75,000-kilometre mileage warranty.

Visually, it is differentiated by its solid centre rib and additional siping for bad weather grip. It has found a place in manufacturers’ hearts.

It is OE on many models of Audis, Fords, Mazdas, Mercedes, VWs, Volvos and, most notably, the new Chevrolet Camaro.

The PZero Nero All-Season has an asymmetric all-season tread. The solid centre rib provides constant contact with the road, which translates into shorter braking distances. Four longitudinal and multiple lateral grooves provide water evacuation routes.

It will be available in 30 size options. Some sizes are also available in a Run Flat version.

Speed rating: H, V, W

Sizes: 17-19-inch diameters

UTQG rating: 400, AA, A

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

This all-season tire is targetted at owners of the Ford Mustang GT, Chevrolet Corvette, BMW 3-Series, BMW 5-Series, BMW 6-Series, Lexus IS or Infiniti G35.

While these are classed as all-seasons, I still would not be driving my Corvette in a blizzard. A light snow perhaps, but really these are sports tires that allow drivers to have some grip late into the fall and in early spring.

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus tires offer Trifusion Compound, Michelin’s name for using three compounds on the same tire. These are bonded together on the tread face for superior all-season performance. Michelin is the only tire manufacturer to offer this technology, a trickle down from its top of the line sports tire – the Pilot Sport PS2 – which has two compounds.

The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus combines all-weather performance and tread life for high-end performance vehicles. State-of-the-art directional tread patterns and a wet-weather silica compound combine for extreme wet-weather control. Michelin claims better test results for this tire than class leaders Bridgestone Potenza RE960 and Goodyear Eagle F1 All-Season tires.

The Pilot Sport A/S Plus is the first to make use of the enhanced Michelin MaxTouch Construction, a concept that delivers improved tread life without sacrificing performance.

Speed rating: W, Y

Sizes: 16-22-inch diameters

UTQG rating: 500, AA, A

Continental ExtremeContact DWS All-Season

Continental is breaking new ground in tire performance honesty – the ExtremeContact DWS features performance indicators to help drivers assess traction capabilities. In other words, it will tell you when it is unsuitable for snow.

These consumer-friendly letters are built into the second rib of the tread and are designed to alert drivers of the tire’s optimal performance levels. “D” indicates the tire is at optimum tread depth for dry conditions, “W” indicates the tire is at optimum tread depth for wet conditions and “S” indicates the same for snow. When the indicators disappear, the tire is no longer tuned for optimum performance in that particular road condition.

“The ExtremeContact DWS is slated to outperform when it comes to dry and wet conditions in both handling and braking; tread life, snow traction, noise, ride comfort and fuel efficiency,” said Joe Maher, of Continental tires.

The DWS has a solid outer shoulder for dry performance, the tread blocks have chamfered edges to aid in extreme cornering and help reduce road noise. The tires casing has been designed for reduced distortion for enhanced energy delivery, lower rolling resistance and improved tread life by analyzing tire temperatures. There are many sipes and edges on the blocks to provide snow traction.

Speed rating: W, Y

Sizes: 16-24-inch diameters

UTQG rating: 540, A, A

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