Pursuit Reincarnation Dog
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Melbourne VIC
Re: GT and GT-P Tyres
The SP9000 is not the grippiest tyre available. However, for a factory fit it is very good. I think Ford use the SP9000 because it is an excellent wet weather tyre which is probably where the most 'danger' exists for average drivers.
Having said all that, I find the SP9000s prone to punctures from pickup, they wear unevenly by picking up the outer edge tread blocks, and as a result they become very noisy as they wear (despite numerous and repeated wheel alignments on different cars).
Would I buy these as a replacement tyre? Yes.
What would I buy instead? Talking to some high mileage users (WASA as an example) the Pirelli P-Zero gives more miles, better wear, and just as good performance (maybe not quite so good in the wet).
Oh, I also have the same problem you have - they have a habit of converting to smoke very easily....
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