The RS4 finally gets to grips thanks to some super-sticky Toyo Tyres…
The RS4 has a lot to live up to as it’s one of those cars people class as a ‘real driver’s car’ and one you really need to drive, like the M3 or Nissan GT-R. I’ve owned my Avant for a while now and so far it’s more than lived up to expectations. However, I still haven’t quite had the confidence to really push it in the corners or when the road conditions are more testing.
Why? Well, quite simply, the tyres it came with had seen better days. It’s not that they were bald, but they did have a few chunks missing out of the sidewalls.
So this month I finally got round to replacing them for something capable of delivering the power from the 4.2-litre V8 to the tarmac and what could be more suitable than a set of Toyos? Especially the Proxes T1-Sport, which are available for the TT RS, S6 and RS5 as an OE fitment from Audi, which is clearly testament to their high performance credentials. Well if it’s good enough for them, it’s definitely good enough for me.
So, without further a do, I got some 255/35x19s ordered up and then popped down to my local tyre fitters, Malvern Tyres, who I must say took great care in fitting them. I know that should be a given, but, unfortunately, that’s not always the case at some tyre fitters, even at some very well-known ones.
Anyway, as I write this, I’m two weeks into fitting the Toyos and they’ve been fully tested by the recent weather – what with torrential rain, ice and even a bit of snow. I have to say they’ve been a godsend and performed amazingly well under all conditions and massively improved the handling and the responsiveness of my RS4.
I really can’t say a bad word about them, they’re great all rounders and I’d definitely recommend them or their new replacement, the Proxes Sport which features an all-new compound and improves on the T1-Sport’s performance in all areas.
So what’s next? Well hopefully an exhaust, so I can start annoying my new neighbours very soon…
Toyo Proxes T1 Sport 255/35/R19 x4 £494
Malvern Tyres fitting and balancing £60
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