The Michelins here in Oz are national debt expensive and from what I am told good for about 4500km before they go hard and are useless. This on an upmarket 3-4 y/o Porsche. He is using mainstream Bridgestones which are less than half the price and are far more consistent. And I sell cheaper [not nesecarily lower performance] brands for half the price of the Bridgestone.
I suspect also those $200 Michelins are not multiple compound, just their normal road car offerings which are OEM on many passenger and sporty cars these days. An ok tyre but really too expensive. The aftermarket replacement ones never seem to wear as well as the originals either. A common failing in most OEM tyres it seems. Which never seem to balance as well as the originals either.
225x45x17 is a tyre that suits many small/ med size Euro cars for a 7" rim. I supply an asymmetric tyre in that size for under $120 AUD in a couple of brands
Lee, I would proffer a different experience .
For a start, I have always found the OE tyres to last a lot worse than the replacements - on my current car, a 300+kw atw Senator, the OE 235/40x18 Bridgestone SO3s lasted less than 20k and the replacement SO3s lasted about 33k, as did the next set of SO3s and the current Michelin PilotSport 3s will make similar or better, and imho, a much better tyre to drive on at a cheaper price than the Bridgies.
And, as I'm sure you would agree, having driven on race slicks on the road, they are not pleasant at all - tram-tracking and pulling, and generally totally impractical under any circumstance.
Edited by seldo, 09 November 2013 - 07:19.