Goodyear has made a fine tire here, blending dynamic ability with wet-weather security and year-round usability. The Eagle F1 Asymmetric is proof that all-seasons can really bring something to the table for the driving enthusiast.
As Editor-In-Chief Miersma mentioned in the first impressions of our long-term 2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe, winter rubber will be a must-have for our loaner. Having arrived with a set of Continental ContiProContacts, we certainly weren’t prepared to tackle even the mild winter we’ve had so far, so the quest began to find a suitable set of snow shoes.
Thankfully, right in time for our first (and so far only significant) taste of snow this season, we received a 2012 Mazdaspeed3, shod in eighteen-inch Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires. The MS3 is the perfect vehicle to test the difference between summer and winter tires, as its high-horsepower and high-torque engine and front-wheel-drive layout tend to be quite hard on front-end grip. Switching from summer to winter tires means giving up some ultimate grip, as the winter rubber features a lower contact patch due to the various grooves that siphon water out from under the tire.
Infiniti is launching a performance version of the G37—the 2011 IPL G Coupe—at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Infinti Performance Line G Coupe is a 348-horsepower version of the rear-drive car, with a tuned engine, interior and exterior modifications, and a performance suspension.