2002 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test


2002 BMW M3: Track Testing the Sumitomo HTR ZIII

January 21, 2009

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(Photo by Kurt Niebuhr)

2002 BMW M3 W/ Sumitomo HTR ZIII performance tires

Acceleration

0-30: 2.1

0-45: 3.6

0-60: 5.3

0-60 (with 1 foot of rollout like on a dragstrip): 5.1

0-75: 7.8

1/4 mile (ET / MPH): 13.6 @ 103.3

Braking

60-0: 115 feet

30-0: 29 feet

Skid Pad

.85g

Comments: Balance is still good. Edge of control might be slightly dulled relative to Advan rubber.

Slalom

68.5 mph

Reasonably good slalom speed for inexpensive rubber. Overall limits lower. Tires seem more heat sensitive and are marginally less responsive

Tires: Sumitomo HTR ZIII. F: 225/45ZR18 95Y R: 255/40ZR18 99Y

The M3 was recently tested with the old Neovas, results are listed after the jump.

2002 BMW M3 W/ Advan Neova AD07

Acceleration

0-30: 2.1

0-45: 3.7

0-60: 5.4

0-60 (with 1 foot of rollout like on a dragstrip): 5.1

0-75: 8.0

1/4 mile (ET / MPH): 13.6 @ 103.6

Braking

60-0: 109 feet

30-0: 27 feet

Skid Pad

.89g

Slalom

71.02 mph

Tires: Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 F: 225/45R18 91W‚ R: 255/40R1895W

If we use TireRack.com for the price comparo, the Advans are $269/ea for front and $325/ea for the rears. That's $1,118 for rubber alone. No shipping, no mounting. The Sumitomos are $132 and $153 respectively. $570 for rubber, a $548 savings over the Advans.

Are the savings worth it?

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 66,381 miles

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