High aquaplaning resistance. Enjoy wet-weather performance throughout the life of your tyre. As the tread surface wears, it reveals a second layer of grooves that act as new water evacuation channels. Even after 20,000km, the OptiGrip delivered better aquaplaning resistance than one new tyre from a leading competitor tested.*
Better wet braking and handling. The OptiGrip’s SmartWear Technology delivers superb braking and handling performance on wet roads. The bottom layer’s hidden grooves and new compound give your tyre a second life. When tested after 30,000km, the OptiGrip delivered 20% shorter braking distance and twice as much wet control as competitors’ tyres.*
Responsive handling on dry roads. The OptiGrip offers responsive dry handling thanks to its unique 3D interlocking mechanism and two-layer design. The top layer provides optimal stiffness for dry handling, while also prolonging tyre life.
Quiet, comfortable ride. The tread pattern is designed to keep noise level down, so that journeys are quieter and more comfortable.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.
OptiGrip tyre review
Average based on 776 test results
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03.03.2013 from Marty Byrne I've used this tyre before and I was very impressed, this new car is 4 wheel drive and the tyres perform better than ever in all conditions, quiet on motorway trips & fabulous grip in adverse conditions.
05.08.2010 from A Initially there was a noticable difference from Michelin primacy HP in terms of handling due to lack of grip/hardness feel. Strangely after more than 400 miles the tyres felt better-more aasured in handling. This is perhaps related to their technology which claims that after wear they grip more. Overall they have a nice pattern and look. For my car with the correct speed writing and a profile of 65 there arent many alternatives, since Michelin and Pirelli dont make that profile with a V speed rating anymore. Hence I would probably buy them again.
25.06.2010 from Mo Value for money
20.04.2010 from Russ One of the worst tyres I have ever used