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I have been reading for some time how crappy the Goodyear RS-A is, yet it is standard equipment on the 2006 CTS-V as an alternative to the F-1's. Why wouldn't GM select something else? Other questions:

1. The RS-A is an all-season performance tire .... Correct?

2. Is the RS-A a run-flat?

3. Is tire wear significantly better than the F-1's?

Some comments/experiences with the tire would be appreciated. I want all-season tires other than the F-1's but I still like the idea of the run-flats.
Anyone?
 

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I thought the RS-A is a runflat, just an all season run flat.

Correct me if I am wrong.
 

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Run flat or not, those are some of the worst tires I've ever owned and I can't believe GM would offere those. No grip, moan like her first time, and no discernable benefits to having that tire. Didn't grip all that well in the wet too.
 

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Let's see, why would they do it?

1. Complaints about tire wear on the soft stock F1s.
2. Complaints about wheel hop, less traction should help.
3. Rear-ends imploding, less traction should help.
4. Existing tire deals with Goodyear, they are cheap.
5. Can market it as an all-season thing, even though the top 3 reasons are what this is all about.
 

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I couldn't agree more with globed70. Having gone through 5 sets of tires now on two V's I can tell you that the harder compound definitely makes the rear hop less and last longer. 4 out of 5 differentials agree.
 

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Smart move by Cadillac. They keep EMT technology on the V. The RSAs cost a lot less than F1s. And the rear ends should hold up better. If a customer doesn't like the tire selection they will probably just bite the bullet and order the cheaper RSAs and change them out with aftermarket. I doubt many will order the F1s given their reputation on the V.

Maybe there will be a few more runflats to choose from by the time the 2008 arrives.
 

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Yup GM fixed a lot of the complaints with a simple tire switch and they only had to sacrifice one thing, performance.
 

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AmesCTS-V said:
Yup GM fixed a lot of the complaints with a simple tire switch and they only had to sacrifice one thing, performance.
BUT..they didn;t have to give up the good magazine/test numbers, because they still have the F1's as an option.

I think it sucks for the performance oriented buyer, but it is a win-win for the General.

-Chris
 

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It was easy for the General to offer the uber-craps on the V. It's the exact same tire, runflat and all, that goes on the Pontiac Solstice. A 3100lb roadster with the same tires as a V. Ouch.
 

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L.Sanchez said:
Run flat or not, those are some of the worst tires I've ever owned and I can't believe GM would offere those. No grip, moan like her first time, and no discernable benefits to having that tire. Didn't grip all that well in the wet too.
AGREED

After driving both tires I will say you wonder how a company that makes a tire as good as the GS-D3 could possibly produce crap like the RS-A which is one of the slipperiest tires you can buy for any weather.
 
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