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456M - available tires in Europe

Dear European drivers,

looking for tires for my 456M (standard 255/45/17 & 285/40/17) - been reading various tire posts on the forums and hearing great things about Michelin and Conti - can it be that both companies don't produce for the European market in the above sizes? The only two options I could find in Europe are Bridgestone Exp S01 and PZeros.

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Dear European drivers,

looking for tires for my 456M (standard 255/45/17 & 285/40/17) - been reading various tire posts on the forums and hearing great things about Michelin and Conti - can it be that both companies don't produce for the European market in the above sizes? The only two options I could find in Europe are Bridgestone Exp S01 and PZeros.

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Have you tried Longstone Tyres in the UK?
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Hi Chris,
when the car becomes old is difficult find the tyres because year after year the tyre size changes ....
Personally if you prefere comfort can be continental , if you prefere sport and good I think is better brigestone (Exp S01) or pirelli (P0; directional asimmetric).
On my 550 i had Exp S02 255/40 18 & 295/35 18 and they was fantastic, after i had install Bridg. RE050A (because S02 not disponible in europe) and also them is good.
For my impression drive, S02 has a soft mixes rubber in respect to RE050A.
In my actual HGTC I have RE050A 255/35 19 & 305/30 19 and they are over in respect to the RE050 A that i had in 550.
In my mercedes i had RE050A and now i have Continental SC3 245/45 18 & 275/40 18 , bridgestone have better handling and an hard shoulder, conti have a soft shoulder (relative soft) very low noise level.
At the end i prefer conti in my MB and Bridg. in Ferrari.
I hope I'm useful for you .... but ask to your tyre shop.
If you want I can ask an offer by my friend tyre shop where I go.

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Thanks Boxer - just looked them up, great shop and helpful for other tyres i'm looking for, but unfortunately none for the 456. Problem seens to be the back ones of 285/40/17
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Chris- The Continental Extreme Contact DW comes in the correct sizes and we have Maranello owners who are very pleased with that tire. Here is what TireRack shows for the 456M to give you some idea of where you should be searching in Europe.

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Thanks Fabio - good advice. I have older P0s on at the moment but will probably change in the summer...our American friends say good things about the Michelins and Goodyear eagle f1...but they dont seem to be available in Europe...in the case of Michelin I find this strange, in particular given that they're European and also listed in the OM of the 456
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Taz, yes, been reading about them. As with Michelin, strangely not to be found in Europe it seems (despite the fact that Conti is German, isnt it?). Checked out the conti euro site - no results
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Chris- Very strange. Yes, they are German, but no telling where they are made now.

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problem seems to be the 17!
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problem seems to be the 17!
Chris, Where are you located? One of the local Ferrari dealer might be able to help.
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Chris, Where are you located? One of the local Ferrari dealer might be able to help.
Boxer, car is currently in Munich, Bavaria. Yes, might be worthwhile giving the local dealer(s) a call (when I get to Munich again soon). I have always had the Bridgestone S02 (Potenza) on my 911 3.2 (225/245 on 16 Fuchs) and have been happy (excellent grip)...I don't have experience on the 456M as I have only bought it recently. The P0s seem still fine as far as tread is concerned, but the rubber seems to have firmed up a bit, possibly too much so - fabrication date is 2006. Am now contemplating new tyres, but undecided whether to buy them before or after my 5000km cross-continental blast planned for mid-June. Was looking into the issue and simply surprised that there's not much choice in Europe it seems (even more choice here in Oz). Cheers, Chris
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Boxer, car is currently in Munich, Bavaria. Yes, might be worthwhile giving the local dealer(s) a call (when I get to Munich again soon). I have always had the Bridgestone S02 (Potenza) on my 911 3.2 (225/245 on 16 Fuchs) and have been happy (excellent grip)...I don't have experience on the 456M as I have only bought it recently. The P0s seem still fine as far as tread is concerned, but the rubber seems to have firmed up a bit, possibly too much so - fabrication date is 2006. Am now contemplating new tyres, but undecided whether to buy them before or after my 5000km cross-continental blast planned for mid-June. Was looking into the issue and simply surprised that there's not much choice in Europe it seems (even more choice here in Oz). Cheers, Chris
I would give the Munich Ferrari dealer a call and see if they can source a pair. Sometimes they have access to tyres within the network.
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