while driving a
Mercedes Benz SLK 350
(245/40 R17 W) on
a combination of roads
Standard size 245/40/17 in the rear and 225/17/45 in the front.
Previous tires, OEM Continental Sport 3 MO, very stable and good tires in dry, the very best high speed tires +200 km/t, medium wet grip, slightly reduced comfort and a little bit more road noise, poor wear.
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2, good tires in general, best wet grip, medium comfort/noise, not quite as good and stable in high speeds +200 km/t, medium wear.
Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS3, very surprisingly, very poor tires at least for this car, clumsy and heavy handling /performance, poor grip wet and dry, poor wear, slightly better comfort/noise level.
Continental Premium 6 are good tires in general but I expected somehow more from these tires.
Good grip in dry although I do not feel exactly the same confidence on the limits as with the old Continental CS3 or the Goodyear Asymmetric 2, probably slightly better grip but less perception of grip.
In general it is good grip in wet but they do not excel compared to the other tires I have used on this car and the Premium 6 are very sensitive to painted road marks on the road when it's wet, it slips rather suddenly and surprisingly.
And when braking hard on wet roads the ABS system very often connects with one or two initial "jumps" before the tires actually grips properly, even at very slow speeds, quite surprised about that.
I'm not sure if it's because they actually have very good grip that the ABS system connects, but anyway, the result is that it feels like a little bit longer braking distances in the wet.
And surprisingly they do not quite match the 100% stability of the Continental Sport 3 at high speeds +200 km/t, the CS3 are the King of very high speed on this car.
The comfort and road noise is slightly better than the other tires used on this car.
Good tires but not quite what I had expected and hoped for.