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re: 225-55-ZR16 Tires for SL500
Read one of my previous posts regarding the SP2s, apparently, they are too new and obtaining a complete set that will balance correctly is difficult. To date, I donâ€™t know anyone confident enough to use them, though, they do look promising.
I've driven SLs with numerous tires, and, my opinion is that it's better to spend $2K versus $1k simply for safety reason. They simply stick better.
From a performance perspective, locally we use the entrance ramp to North bound I-275 from Highway 60 (from Tampa International Airport) as depicted in the attached file named â€œwestshore ramp.jpg.â€? This is a two lane entrance ramp (approximately 270 degrees, positive bank, and inclined) in which you can pull a lot of Gs.
I thought that I'd repost this from the "General MB" forum.
With good tires, you can hold the turn pretty well entering the turn at 40 to 60 MPH. With better tires, you can enter faster, and, impressively, accelerate out of the apex of the turn. With even better tires, you can perform all of the above and change lanes!
Anyone who enjoys this type of â€œadrenalin rushâ€? will appreciate the additional expense of the Michelin Pilot Sports.
Your mileage may vary.