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There’ s a crucial title up for grabs now for the very best wet road tyre available. Has Metzeler just earned the crown with its new Roadtec 01?


170 mph on a sports touring tyre? Well, it’s legal on the Autobahn!

They’re black, they’re round, they roll upon the ground – is what most people say to us when we mention that we’re going on a tyre launch. It’s quickly followed by a ‘They can’t all be that different from one another, can they?’ query.

Well, yes they are black, round and do indeed roll upon said ground. But the answer as to if they can be so different is fififirmly in the affirmative camp. One thing that could easily be argued these days is that there is no such thing a ‘bad’ tyre anymore. Even some barely heard of Chinese efforts don’t completely suck. Technology has come a very long way, which means the major players need to riff on their own tyre’s personality, allied to nifty USPs, to stand out.

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TEST THE BEST IN THE BEST TEST Yes, it’s that time of year again when we all decamp to some far flung track and spend two days living the life of Riley; burning fuel, razzing tyres, scuffing sliders and scoffing pizzas. From the moment the light goes green to the second the circuit switches it back to red, we’re out on track trying to understand.