New rubberware on the RS6 restored handling precision
After covering just over 16,000 rapid miles, the big Audi’s tyres finally succumbed, so a trip to the tyre fitter was in order this month. There seemed little reason to stray from the original-fit Pirelli P Zeros as the first set had done a heroic job of containing the RS6’s rampant horsepower; even when they were on their last legs the grip they could eke out on our typically greasy winter roads was nothing short of miraculous.
Lord knows how many tyre fitters I’ve visited over the years, but recently I’ve been using the services of Tyres Northampton, five minutes from Junction 16 on the M1. These guys are simply the best I’ve ever come across. They’re both speedy and good value, but their outstanding quality is professionalism. Wheels are always perfectly balanced, with the weights hidden out of sight whenever possible. It’s a small point, but it’s the sort of thing most car enthusiasts appreciate. It’s also why it’s the only place I now trust with the Zonda.
Re-booted, the RS6 was refreshed and had lost its slight tendency to tramline on rough tarmac. I just hope I can make the new tyres last as long as the previous set.
Long term tests
The way this Audi is bolted together I’m sure it’ll be just as capable of terrifying occupants in 20 years’ time as it is now. If we’ll still be able to do so, though, is another matter.
|Date acquired||July 2008|
|Costs this month||£1079.96 (tyres)|
|Mileage this month||1890|
|MPG this month||18.4|