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Review – Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tyres 27
Posted by Minnaar Pieters in audi, Popular, review, S3, ultrac vorti, Vredestein on 09 27th, 2013

Vredestein is a smaller dutch tyre company who recently launched their range of high performance tyres in South Africa. The company has no partnerships with other major tyre companies, and has thus focused their full attention on creating tyres primarily for the high performance market. This means that you will not find Vredestein tyres for your average A to B car. I got offered the chance to try out the new Vredestein Ultrac Vorti – a new ultra high performance tyre which tops the current lineup.


This means that I had to get hold of a car to fully try out this new brand of tyres (none of my cars have 18 inch wheels) – not only in terms of wheel size, but also in terms of performance. I got hold of a 2012 Audi S3 with optional 18 inch RS3 alloys. To get used to the car handling, I used the original Bridgestone Potenza tyres for a few days, and gave them a good workout.  The tyres were still reasonably fresh with around 4000km of use.

I then had the new Vredestein tyres fitted (225 / 40R18 to be exact) just as a cold front hit Cape Town – which gave me a great chance to see if these tyres could handle some of the flood worthy wet roads of the past month. I am happy to report that the tyres did not disappoint. While the previous Bridgestone Potenza were by no means soft tyres, the Vredestein’s were noticeably quieter, yet very firm.


The Audi S3 has a very firm suspension setup, so you do feel sudden uneven surfaces in the road. The Vredestein clearly has some very hard shoulders – which is to be expected from a performance tyre. The tyres could not quite save some of the teeth clashing hard bumps you get in some backroads on low speed – but at speed it handles the uneven surfaces brilliantly.

So what about the grip? I took the new tyres out on some of the Durbanville farm backroads, and they did not disappoint. Grip was fantastic – where the previous tyres could get a little less grippy under hard driving and uneven surfaces, the Ultrac Vorti’s was a brilliant compliment to the Quattro system on the S3. Off the line grip was excellent, and hard braking felt like my face would be pulled off. Hard cornering was noticeably improved – you do get the idea that a car of this nature really does become unleashed with proper tyres.

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Overall the Vredestein Ultrac Vorti’s do exactly what they set out to do – they offer phenomenal grip with sharply decreased noise levels, and less earth shattering ride which is typically expected from this tyre size. If you have a high performance car, you need to do yourself a favour and try the Vredestein tyres out – they clearly know what they are doing. Highly recommended.

Vredestein: Winter vs Summer Tyres 25
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Off Topic, Popular, tyres, Videos, Vredestein on 09 25th, 2013

Vredestein Winter vs Summer

As we have reported before, Vredestein has an exceptional line of tires that are now (finally) available in South Africa. Not only are they beautifully designed, but, as their slogan reads, they are also ‘designed to protect you’.

This is why they have developed tyres for any weather condition. Whether it’s summer or winter – they have a set perfect for you and the conditions you will have to face seasonally.

Temperature, rain, wind and speed are all factors that come into play when driving. Thus, it should be obvious that one would need different tyres for the different seasons, because the conditions are sometimes almost extremes.

Check ou this video below to see exactly how Vredestein’s winter tires compare to their summer one’s – and then you can go and get yourself a summer set, while we are still in spring!

Vredestein Tyres now available in South Africa 20
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, Autostyle, Popular, tyres, Videos, Vredestein on 09 20th, 2013

Vredestein Tyres

This might make your Friday even better; One of the Europe’s leading performance tyre brands, Vredestein, is now available in South Africa.

The Dutch-engineered elite tyres are manufactured in Enschede in The Netherlands by Apollo Vredestein.

The company not only manufactures normal, passenger tyres, but have have an exceptionally wide selection including light truck, SUV, industrial and even agricultural tyres. So, really – which ever situation you’re in, you’ll find the right fit!

Vredestein, which was officially founded more than 100 years ago in 1909, prodes themselves on designing and manufacturing superior quality, and above all, safe tyres.

Their slogan reads: ‘Designed to protect you’ and well – that’s exactly what they do. Their products are specifically engineered to meet and even surpass even the most stringent European safety standards.

Vredestein is also no stranger to awards, and, when they win, they win big. The company has achieved top marks at various international tyre tests. Also, the UK based Auto Express magazine, named the Vredestein Sportrac 5 ‘The Recommended Tyre of The Year’ in 2012.

Vredenstein tyres are premium styled tyres. Which, in simple terms, mean that they are specifically created to guarantee superior performance and handling – and they look pretty sexy too!

Their sensual look is thanks to world renowned Italian design consultancy, Giugiaro Design. Vredenstein has been collaborating with this design house since 1997.

The Italian design group has many, rather famous, design achievements on their ever growing list. These include the very first Volkswagen Golf and the BMW 1 as well as famous cars for supercar manufacturers Ferarri, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Giugiaro was also named “Designer of the Century” in 1999, by global automotive media.

So, you could say that Vredestein use the Gucci, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana of tyre designers to design their tyres.

Vredestein tyres are now (finally) available in South Africa exclusively through Dunlop Zones, and they have brought along these flagship products that you can get on home soil: the Ultrac Vorti, Ultrac Sessanta, Ultrac Sessanta SUV, Ultrac Centro, Sportrac 3, Quatrac 3, Quatrac 3 SUV, Sportrac 5, Sprint Classic, Hi Trac 2 and Comtrac.

I’d like to think of Vredestein tyres as somewhat of the perfect man: strong, durable, protective and sexy – what more would you want?

We’re very excited that Vredestein has decided to give us Saffa’s some quality tyres to take on our African roads with, and look good while doing it!

So go on, rush over to Dunlop to get your set! Happy driving.

And just for some extra enjoyment, check out Vredestein’s sexy Italian commercial below (this one is for the boys!):