After last winter slipping about I changed car tyres to four winter tyres. The transformation is unbelievable. Traction is excellent through snow, on ice and also heavy rain and slush.
The car is a rear wheel drive Lexus GS300
The Tyres are Pirelli Sottozero Serie II.
Winter Snow Tires vs All-Season Tires vs Summer Tires testing on Ice
Do you really need Winter Tires? Watch as Tire Rack compares the
difference between winter/snow tires, all-season tires and summer tires by
evaluating acceleration, stopping and cornering capabilities using an ice
rink as their test track.
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Tire Rack - Winter Testing at the Arctic Circle: Studdable Winter/Snow
Once again from Northern Sweden, home to a number of great winter test
sites and plenty of snow and ice, we tested a tires ability to accelerate,
brake and drive through the Arctic snow and on ice.
This round included several Studdable Winter / Snow tires, each featuring
deep treads molded in aggressive patterns designed to dig their way through
the snow while including molded-in holes to insert optional metal studs for
enhanced ice traction. We compared the General Altimax Arctic (both
unstudded and studded) along with unstudded Firestone Winterforce and
Pirelli Winter Carving Edge tires.
Lexus IS350 Ride on the Snow HD
Shot on January 27th with a Sony HDR-SR12 / Sony Wide Conversion Lens 0.7x.
Edited on Final Cut Studio, exported with Visualhub compression 1280x720
h.264 with 5k bitrate. Music by the Chemical Brothers. A nice ride on my
Lexus IS350 right after the first snow of the season.
2014 Lexus GS 450h Hybrid Review and Road Test
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The GS used to be the only hybrid game in town, but times have changed and
nearly everyone has joined the party. BMW has their turbocharged ActiveHybrid 5, Mercedes just
launched the E400 Hybrid, Infiniti has re-badged their M Hybrid the Q70
Hybrid, Acura is finally selling the all-wheel-drive RLX Hybrid and Audi
has announced the A6 hybrid will come to America "soon." This means that
the S80 T6 and Genesis are no longer on my list because we have
head-to-head competition now.
Lexus used to be known for restrained styling but the current generation GS
marked a change for the Japanese luxury brand. In addition to taking on
more aggressive front end styling, the GS was the first Lexus to wear the
new "spindle" grille. The schnozz that seemed so controversial three years
ago seems downright demure today, especially since this form has been
adapted to the enormous (and some say questionable) LX 470. Perhaps because
the GS was the first to wear the corporate grille, the styling seems
slightly awkward from the front 3/4 shot (seen at the top) but looks better
in person. Unlike the IS, which gets some sheetmetal swooshes on the side,
the GS's profile and rump are luxury car restrained. Overall I think the
Infiniti Q70 hybrid, despite being a little long in the tooth, still wins
the beauty contest. The Lexus and BMW are a bit too sedate for my tastes,
and the RLX and A6 suffer from decidedly front-wheel-drive proportions when
compared to the rest and the Mercedes lands smack in the middle.
While the GS 350 recently got an update in the form of a new Aisin 8-speed
automatic, the GS 450h continues with just a minor software update. This
means under the hood you will find the same direct-injection 3.5L
Atkinson-cycle V6 engine and RWD hybrid transmission that launched in 2011.
Combined with a 1.9 kWh NiMH battery pack in the trunk the system is good
for 338 combined horsepower, 286 of which
come from the gasoline engine. This is essentially the same engine found in
the Highlander and RX hybrids, but the transmission is more similar to what
Lexus uses in the LS 600hL. The unit combines the two motor/generator units
with a 2-speed planetary gearset to improve efficiency at high speeds (as
in on the Autobahn) but without the AWD system standard in the LS 600hL.
The 2014 software update improves "sportiness" in sport mode and now
imitates an 8-speed automatic instead of a 6-speed. While 338 horsepower compares well
with the 6-cylinder competition, the GS 450h has the unenviable task of
trying to be both the most efficient GS and the performance version as
well. For reasons nobody knows, the more efficient GS 300h which uses a
2.5L four-cylinder engine is not sold in America.
By design, the Lexus hybrid system is very different from the competition.
The two motor/generator units and the electrical circuitry combine with a
single planetary gearsest to "act" as a continuously variable transmission.
This setup allows the drivetrain to act as a serial hybrid (kind of),
parallel hybrid, electric generator, or a pure EV at low speeds. In
contrast Mercedes, BMW and Infiniti combine a traditional transmission with
a single electric motor that replaces the torque converter. Transitions
between electric and gasoline drive modes in these systems aren't as smooth
as the Lexus system because of the clutch packs involved in reconnecting
the engine. Meanwhile Acura combines a dual-clutch robotic manual
transmission with a twin-motor pack in the rear for the only AWD hybrid
luxury sedan in this category.
Of course the primary reason for buying a hybrid is to save on gas. Right?
Maybe. With a 29 MPG City, 34 MPG Highway and 31 MPG combined rating
there's no doubt that the GS 450h is a fuel sipping 338 horsepower luxury sedan.
However at more than $10,000 more expensive than a similarly equipped GS
350 it would take you more than 20 years to "save money." We did average an
excellent 31.5 MPG over 800 miles with the GS hybrid, a notable improvement
over the Infiniti hybrid and the short time I spent in the RLX hybrid.
Although we haven't extensively tested the BMW and Mercedes hybrids yet,
brief spins in both indicate they will slot in under the GS. There's one
more problem for the GS: Mercedes' new E250 diesel. No, it's not a speed
daemon, but at 34 mpg combined it not only makes up for the higher cost of
diesel with the higher fuel economy, it starts around $9,000 less than a GS
450h as well.
FIRST DRIVE! 2015 Lexus RC F
After a 15 year absence from having a coupe in their lineup, Lexus launches
the 2015 RC F, High-Performance Sport Coupe, to rival the BMW M4, Audi RS5
and Mercedes-Benz C63. With 467 horsepower, this V8-powered
track-ready car is poised and ready to make an impact.
Snow Hill Challenge (2WD vs 4WD) (All Season vs Snow Tires)
In this video we go over a variety of vehicles with different tire and
traction device setups and see how they do on a snowy incline.
*Correction 2nd gear reduces torque applied and does not slow down
Dodge Sprinter: All Season Tires, RWD & Traction Control
Mazda Protege: All Season Tires, FWD
Chevy Silverado: Studded Snow Tires, RWD, G80 Locker
Nissan Frontier: All Terrain Tires, 4WD, Electronic Locker and Traction
Go Fast have Fun
RWD and winter tyres VS 4WD and summer tyres on snow
Continuing on from our last video, here's the only drive train we didn't go
up against - four wheel drive. Same idea, get to the top of the hill first,
but this time we uploaded the entire video, showing launches from both
sides of the street to avoid any suggestions of a "better side".
As before the M3 is on Michelin Pilot Alpin 4 UHP winter tyres, and the
Subaru Forester 2.5XT PPP is on Bridgestone Potenza RE070 UHP summer tyres.
M3 Snow Drive 1 (Dunlop Wintersport 3D)
Took a snowy drive to work even though it was closed. This was a good test
of the Dunlop SP Wintersport 3D snow tires. A few "almost stuck" moments,
but the M3 powered through without an issue. The highway exit I took
wasn't plowed at the end so I did not risk it. Had to find another way
1:30 - I gun it out of my development
3:30 - Follow an SUV into an unplowed section ~1.5 feet high. I get in a
scary spot, then "oh yeah!"
4:50 - I decide the SUV is going too slow
8:44 - Another car going too slow
9:55 - Uphill in a sketchy section
12:00 - Exit to the local roads unplowed, not gonna risk it. Find another
way home, pizza boy!
Saffron Walden to Ashdon in the snow
driving my rear wheel drive Lexus IS200 from Saffron Walden to Ashdon,
camera is a FujiFilm S2000HD hooked up to the rear central headrest with a
GorillaPod SLR. tyres fitted are Nokian WR, great traction.
Journey from Ashdon was a little more entertaining as there was more snow
but I had quite alot of waiting for slower cars, near the start there is a
BMW parked at the bottom of a hill, this got stuck on the most shallow
Ok, I wasnt the fastest driver but I was controlled, safe & got to my
destinations, I know there are many of you that could do a better job, all
I can say is Meh!
Winter tyres, well worth the purchase!
Winter tyres vs 4x4 - snow tyre test - autocar.co.uk
Which works best in the snow, winter tyres or four-wheel drive? We test
two otherwise identical Skoda Yetis to find out which is best. Read a full
Skoda Yeti review at http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/skoda/yeti