Falken wet weather tyre performance

I never really drive a car hard on the road in the wet so i am unlikely to test high speed cornering performance as such. However i always buy performance tyres. And the Falken FK452s are very impressive in the wet. Wet weather straight line braking is excellent. They also give you the confidence that should, an unobservant driver pull out, or a child run out in front of you, you have the right tyres to help you stop in time.
I have some notoriously slippy mini roundabouts near me, that can test any tyre. As expected the Evo does understeer and oversteer here. However having a car in front of me do a 180 spin at 20mph a few weeks ago and sit facing me waving, I’m convinced the surface has some fundamental problem or possibly a lingering diesel spill, so I can’t levy any blame at the Falken tyres. On a nearby large roundabout in the wet they just grip and go. Very impressive for a summer tyre.
One very noticable thing of 4WD is the complete absence of wheelspin out of wet junctions and roundabouts. It’s great to be able to pull out of junctions in the wet with no wheelspin whatsoever, even pulling out at speed. The difference between my 2WD daily hack and the 4WD in the Lancer is astounding in this weather. Even under full boost in 2nd and 3rd, theres no loss of traction.

Falken FK452 tyre review

Falken FK452 TyresOnce the new Falkens FK452swere bedded in, I took the Evo out for a spin in nice warm dry weather. The grip was astounding. As anyone that has driven a car with AYC knows, i chucked the car into corners, kept my foot planted and you could feel the car shuffling power around. Roundabout after roundabout was dispatched no problem at all. Oversteer is available with a lift on entry and easily quelled with application of power. Straight line braking is superb with no hint of the ABS intervening. I’ve used quite a few performance tyres in the past and the Falken’s are right up with the best of them which is very surprising given how reasonably priced they are. I’ve since had chance to put them to the test in wet weather and am very impressed. I never really drive a car hard on the road in the wet so i am unlikely to test high speed cornering performance as such. However i always buy performance tyres. The Falkens are by no means infallible but I can accelerate at full throttle in the first 3 gears with no wheel spin. Equally, grip during straight line braking is very good. Lateral grip is equally impressive, understeer only exhibiting itself if the corner entry speed is far too high. They make you feel confident that should an unobservant driver pull out or a child run out in front of you, you have the right tyres to help you stop in time. I have some notoriously slippy mini roundabouts near me, that test any tyre. As expected the Evo does understeer and oversteer here. However having a car in front of me do a 180 spin at 20mph a few weeks ago and sit facing me waving, I’m convinced the surface has some fundamental problem or possibly a lingering diesel spill so I can’t levy any blame at the Falkens. One very noticable thing of 4WD is the complete absence of wheelspin out of wet junctions and roundabouts. It’s great to be able to pull out of junctions in the wet with no wheelspin whatsoever, even pulling out at speed. The difference between my 2WD daily hack and the 4WD in the Lancer is astounding in this weather. Even under full boost in 2nd and 3rd, theres no loss of traction. Of course 4 Wheel Drive helps with any tyre, but for a summer tyre, the Falken’s really are impressive.

Which tyres for an Evo?

Falken FK452s

Falken FK452s

Since buying the car I noticed it was understeering too much for my liking when pressing on in the dry. I checked the tyres and soon realised that the Bridgestone Blizzak tyres fitted were in fact winter tyres and were often fitted in Japan. Since I seemed to be running the original Winter tyres that the Evo was imported on, I decided to look at performance summer tyres, to cut the understeer and offer more grip. The Blizzaks offered chronic understeer in the dry and strangely no grip in the wet. So it was time to replace them with a decent summer tyre to make the most of the Evo’s famous handling. I set about searching for tyres online. Having run Falken ZE912s on my hot hatch, I took a look at the Falken FK452s which get some excellent reviews. After hours of research it seems the general concensus is that they offer 95% of a premium tyre like Goodyear Eagle F1 at 50% of the price. Camskill came up trumps only charging £70 a tyre delivered, and I took the Evo in to get them fitted at a local Evo specialist. Review to follow soon…