BFGoodrich g-Force Sport vs. g-Force Sport COMP-2

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Often times when a tire manufacturer replaces a model of tire, the newer model is slightly better than the previous version. Incremental improvements over the previous generation is what we typically see. Once and awhile, a tire company will completely wow us with a dramatically better product than the one it replaces. BFGoodrich really surprised me with the new g-Force Sport COMP-2!

 BFGoodrich g-Force Sport
BFGoodrich g-Force Sport
 BFGoodrich g-Ford Sport COMP-2
BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2


Our customer survey feedback rates the original BFGoodrich g-Force Sport in a tie with the Yokohama S.drive for sixth place in the Ultra High Performance Summer category. Customers see an improvement as the new g-Force Sport COMP-2 is ranked number one!

Also, we recently tested the newer tire against other top tires in the performance category, including the former top-ranked option, the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval INDY 500. I was a big fan of the Firestone tire when it first came out. You can see how impressed I was with it by reading, "Need Miata Performance Tires? Buy Firestone Tires!" As good as the tire is, the g-Force Sport COMP-2 performed better in our autocross and skidpad testing, as well as the 6.6-mile loop of street driving.  

To view the complete recap of our test, check out "Testing Ultra High Performance Summer Tires."

Reintroducing the Hankook Ventus R-S3 (Version 2)

Thursday, August 14, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Earlier this season, we saw an upgrade of Hankook's very popular Ventus R-S3 Extreme Performance Summer tire. Long liked for its competitive dry traction, the original version of the Hankook Ventus R-S3 built a loyal fan base amongst autocross competitors and weekend track enthusiasts. Two common criticisms of the tire were that it took a fair amount of time to come up to temperature and it needed revised compounding for increased wet traction.

Today, all of the original part numbers for the Hankook Ventus R-S3 have been replaced by the Ventus R-S3 (Version 2). The revised tire uses a new compound that addresses the concerns of wet traction and heat retention and is also branded with a 200 UTQG treadwear rating - making it legal for use in street tire competitions.

The tire also reduces the performance gap between street and track tires. If you're a serious sports car, sports coupe or performance sedan enthusiast looking for a race-minded street tire, take a look at the Hankook Ventus R-S3 (Version 2).

Big Savings on Closeout 265/75R16 Load Range E 10-Ply Rated Pirelli Scorpion ATR

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Are you shopping for Load Range E (10-Ply Rated) tires for your 3/4- or 1-ton truck? Take advantage of the amazing deal on 265/75R16 Pirelli Scorpion ATR tires marked down to $140*!

These closeout Scorpion ATR tires are more than just a great deal, they're also a very capable tire. They feature a versatile milder all-terrain tread design capable of light off-road use and large tread blocks that can provide proper braking when carrying or towing heavy loads. Independent tread blocks are siped to provide extra biting edges that enhance off-road traction on loose surfaces and in snow. Scorpion ATR tires also have a good track record for combining good overall performance with longevity.

This On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire masters long highway journeys, wet roads and the challenges of winter driving by combining paved road comfort and handling with rough terrain grip and maneuverability. Shop by size and see if the 265/75R16 Pirelli Scorpion ATR is a fit for your vehicle.

*Prices subject to change

Install Two New Tires in the Rear or the Front?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Gary Stanley

In an ideal situation, all four of your tires would wear out at the same time. However, if you have forgotten to rotate your tires, your vehicle is out of alignment or you have worn suspension components, you may end up with a situation where only two tires need replacing. For information on properly checking your tires' tread depth, check out, "What Honest Abe Doesn't Tell You About Minimum Tread Depths."

What should you do if two tires still have adequate tread depth remaining and only two need replaced?  First, be sure to match tires. Ideally, all four tires should be the same brand and model. Just as true as with a poker game, four of a kind always beats two pair. After you've found the two matching tires to replace on your vehicle, you'll want to make sure they're installed on the rear axle. This is true for rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. 

Conventional thinking may suggest that new tires be put on the front to help prevent hydroplaning and reduce wet stopping distances. However, the combination of new tires up front and worn tires on the rear can cause some very unpredictable handling characteristics in the wet or snow, which can lead to an oversteer condition that looks like this:
Wheel Spin GIF
Remember, it is best to install new tires on the rear axle. Members of Tire Rack had the opportunity to experience this phenomenon at Michelin's Laurens Proving Grounds. Participants were allowed to drive around a large radius, wet curve in vehicles fitted with tires of different tread depths -- one vehicle with new tires on the rear and half-worn tires on the front and the other with new tires in the front and half-worn tires on the rear. To see learn more about our experience and placing new tires on the rear axle, read "Where to Install New Pairs of Tires?"

Finding a Tire Installer Near You

Thursday, August 7, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

After looking over our online consumer driven surveys and internal test reports, you've found the tire that's a great match for your vehicle. Now that you have placed your order, you can expect to receive your tires quickly. With seven distribution centers strategically placed across the country, most customers are rarely more than two days away from receiving their shipment. In many cases, orders arrive the next business day!

Need someone to install your recently purchased tires? Not a problem. We have a national network of thousands of independent Recommended Installers ready to handle your installation needs. It's easy to find one near your home or office. They even guarantee their pricing as part of the Price Pledge program and commit to the prices listed on our site. Therefore, there's no surprise costs and you can be sure that what you see is what you'll pay.

When it comes to joining our network of Installers, each business is carefully screened to ensure they have the proper equipment and experience to serve our customers. To become a Recommended Installer a company must:

  1. Use proper mounting and balancing equipment including touchless or rim clamp, European-style tire changers and high-speed computer spin balancers.
  2. Employ properly trained technicians capable of safely performing damage-free installations.
  3. Be an automotive business that can offer additional services to customers.
  4. Possess a positive attitude and the ability to treat Tire Rack's customers with the highest level of professional courtesy.

After you've had your tires installed by one of our Installers, fill out a survey and leave comments for future customers.

Continental TrueContact Impresses in Testing

Thursday, August 7, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Summer testing is in full swing at Tire Rack, and the first test report for the new Continental TrueContact have been published. This new Standard Touring All-Season tire hit all the right notes with a smooth, quiet ride and solid wet and dry traction.

During our test, we put the tire up against the Firestone Precision Touring, Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season and Michelin Defender. In the abrupt maneuvers portion of the test on our track in dry conditions, all four options performed well and with nearly identical results in stopping distance, cornering traction and average lap time.

We liked the TrueContact's tight handling, to go along with its slight edge in observed fuel economy. With its well-rounded character, the TrueContact took top honors in a very competitive test group. A couple of highlights from our testers include:

"The ride of the Continental TrueContact can be best described as taut and well controlled without being harsh."

"Wet weather traction is a bigger separator than dry. And in this test group, the TrueContact showed a noticeable advantage in overall traction and stability during the wet handling test."

For a complete recap of our test, check out "Testing Passenger and Standard Touring All-Season Tires: Which Are Truly More Than Just Round and Black?"

Longest-Wearing Z-Rated Performance Tires

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Gary Stanley

What can drivers of sports cars and high performance vehicles with low profile, Z-rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tires do if they want to have longer wearing tires? In the past, the best a driver could hope for, in regards to treadwear, was an option that lasted approximately 20,000 miles. This was the case for so long that it has become a common misconception that all low profile tires or tires with a high speed rating have rapid treadwear. On the contrary, there are options available with long treadwear ratings. Three of the best to consider are the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 and Continental ExtremeContact DWS.  

 Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
 Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2
Hankook Ventus S1
noble2
 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3


The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 has the best dry grip and quickest steering response among the three and comes with a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty. Both the Continental ExtremeContact DWS and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 feature 50,000-mile treadwear warranties and perform a little better in light snow conditions compared to the Pilot Sport A/S 3. All three tires are made in a variety of sizes. Now, even drivers of sports cars like the Chevy Corvette and Ford Mustang can find tires with higher treadwear.  

Shop by size to view all options available for your vehicle.

Add Style to Your Toyota Matrix with Enkei Performance Series Falcon Wheels

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Do you love your Toyota Matrix for being dependable and reliable? Would you like to give it an upgrade and make it stand out a little more? A new set of wheels will do the trick!

Enter our Upgrade Garage to view all options available for your application. Since the vehicle is offered with two different bolt patterns, it's important you correctly enter your vehicle's make, model and year. Selecting the right wheel all comes down to your personal preference, but I really like the Enkei Performance Series Falcon.

16x7 38ET Hyper Silver With Machined Lip $95*
Enkei Performance Series Falcon
16x7 38ET Gunmetal With Machined Lip $95*
Enkei Performance Series Falcon


The angular lines of the spoke design of the wheel echo the overall lines of the car, while two distinctive finishes let you pick the ideal match for your Matrix. With respect to function, the 7" wide 38 mm offset has virtually the same specifications as the 16x6.5" 39 ET Original Equipment Matrix wheel. A set of these wheels are also 100% compatible with your TPMS sensors so your installer can easily move your original sensors over to your new wheels.

Now that you've found a set of wheels to improve your Matrix's look, how are your tires holding up? Why not take advantage of our free mount and balancing to create your own Tire & Wheel Package. The General AltiMAX RT43 offers an outstanding combination of wet grip, road manners and overall handling at a great price. 

Search by vehicle and upgrade the look of your vehicle with a new Tire & Wheel Package.

Why Doesn't My Car Come with a Spare Tire?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Is the spare tire becoming extinct? With a growing number of vehicles in the United States being sold without one, it could appear that way. In fact, many drivers are unaware they may not have one until they need one.

New cars, trucks and SUVs seldom come with a spare tire, wheel and jack kit due to an increasing demand for fuel economy and storage space. While all of these attributes are positives, they may not be at the forefront of your mind as you lay stranded on the side of the road. Despite not having a spare tire, there are ways to make sure you are prepared.

Many automakers include roadside assistance with the purchase of their vehicles. It's a good idea to program this number into your phone or be sure to keep a copy of the vehicle's reference guide handy (a smaller version of the owner's manual).

Drivers can fix punctures from small nails or screws using a tire inflation kit. We sell the Continental ContiComfortKit that injects a water-soluble sealant into the tire along with compressed air to re-inflate. This unit is simple to use and operates with the vehicle's 12V accessory power source.

The kit makes it possible for you to complete your drive home, to work, an important appointment or a tire repair facility. It also helps you get back on the road quickly, as most passenger car tires that are flat will take less than seven minutes to fill.

Purchase your own spare tire and wheel combo. Dealers often sell donut spare wheels and tires through the parts department. In the event they do not, you can purchase a full size wheel and tire to keep in the trunk. Please note that full size wheels and tires may not fit into the trunk storage compartment beneath the trunk carpeting. You'll also need to make sure you have a jack and lug wrench handy.

To learn more about the spare tires, read "Spare Tire Extinction?"

Can You Put Non-Run-Flat Tires on Run-Flat Wheels?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Many drivers are uncertain whether they can put non-run-flat tires on wheels that originally came with run-flat tires. The short answer: yes.

Run-flat tires and regular tires that are the same numeric size will have the same physical dimensions, and can fit properly on the same wheels. The only difference with run-flat wheels is they usually have an extra hump behind the bead seat. This hump would help keep the run-flat tire in its proper place on the wheel while driving without air pressure. It does not affect the performance or compatibility of the non-run-flat tire.

A few words of caution: If you are changing to non-run-flat tires from run-flat tires, make sure you have a plan for what you will do in the event that you do have a flat tire. An air compressor and sealant can easily seal a minor puncture. A plug kit can also be useful for a temporary repair. You should have some sort of roadside assistance that you can call if you have a larger puncture. Some cars may have space to store a spare tire, though some cars with run-flats do not have any convenient location for the tire.

If a spare tire is an option, remember that you should maneuver more cautiously when your vehicle is equipped with a Temporary/Compact Spare tire and three standard tires. Any differences in tire traction can reduce vehicle handling and increase braking distances, especially in emergency situations.

Whether you're looking for a set of non-run-flat or run-flat tires, shop by vehicle and view all options available for your application.

Which Tires Last the Longest?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Gary Stanley

As a consumer shopping for tires, there are many important attributes and characteristics that you should take into consideration. For example, some tires have better wet traction for rainy days, while some are designed to handle winter's toughest conditions. There are tires that focus mostly on maximum dry grip on the race track, and others that are meant to provide a smooth and quiet ride.

Some of these characteristics may be more important to your particular situation than others, but one question that is almost always asked is, "How long will my tires last?" This may even be the most important feature in your tires if you drive many miles on a yearly basis. If you're a driver who has a long daily commute and takes long road trips, consider the following options from a few of our popular performance categories. 

Passenger All-Season

 Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
 Goodyear Assurance ComforTred
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred


Standard Touring All-Season

 General AltiMAX RT43
General AltiMAX RT43
 Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender


Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season 

 Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
Alenza Plus
 Continental  CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


In order to get the most wear out of your tires, be sure check your tires' air pressures often and keep them inflated to your vehicle's recommended pressures. You'll want to check and adjust the pressure first thing in the morning before rising ambient temperatures, the sun's radiant heat or even driving short distances temporarily warms the tires. For more maintenance tips to increase your tires' performance, life and durability, read "Air Pressure: When and How to Set."

Young African Leaders Visit Tire Rack

Monday, July 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

We recently welcomed over 20 young African leaders from 17 countries as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative program hosted by the University of Notre Dame to our headquarters in South Bend, Indiana. Students listened as Matt Edmonds, vice president, told the Tire Rack story and were given a tour of our facility.

As part of the program, the students learn leadership training, academic coursework and mentoring to create new opportunities in Africa where they can put these skills to work. The students learned how we grew from a small shop in Indianapolis to where we are today and how the entrepreneurial spirit of our founder, Pete Veldman, was key to our success. Matt also explained to the group how integrity and great customer service are our foundation and that both play an important role in building a successful company.

It was clear the students enjoyed their time at Tire Rack. They were filled with energy and loved taking photos in our studio, as well as on our test track.

Where did the young leaders go from here? Most went on to visit other companies across the Midwest, including IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Chicago Cubs. A few will also go on to receive an eight-week internship with an American non-governmental organization or business.

We’d like to thank them for taking the time to visit Tire Rack. It's exciting to see the enthusiasm they displayed during their time here and we wish them all the best in the future!

Low Dust Brake Pad Options

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Does your vehicle have squeaking brakes or pads that produce too much dust? You may want to consider a move to a ceramic pad. Ceramic pads leave a lighter trail of dust than traditional pads with a higher metallic content and are typically very quiet. While ceramic pads do not have the necessary heat range to be used effectively in a track environment, they are still appropriate for some spirited drivers.

Ceramic pads meet or exceed all Original Equipment standards for durability, stopping distance and noise. According to durability tests, ceramic compounds extend brake life compared to most other semi-metallic and organic materials and outlast other premium pad materials by a significant margin - with no sacrifice in noise control, pad life or braking performance.

As mentioned earlier, another characteristic that makes ceramic pads attractive is the absence of noticeable dust. All brake pads produce dust as they wear. The ingredients in ceramic compounds produce a light-colored dust that is much less noticeable and less likely to stick to your vehicle's wheels. Consequently, wheels and tires maintain a cleaner appearance longer.

If you're considering a ceramic brake pad for your vehicle, take a look at the following options:

For more information on using a ceramic brake pad on your application, read "Why Ceramic Brake Pads?"

Best Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires in Size 275/55R20

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Gary Stanley

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires are common for those looking for aggressive tread patterns and some off-road traction. However, many drivers aren't looking for off-road traction and instead drive mostly on the street. These drivers would rather have a tire with a smoother and quieter ride with longer wear. This is what makes tires in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category so appealing to them. The best two options in this category for tire size 275/55R20 are the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza.

CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Bridgestone Dueler
H/L Alenza


If winter traction isn't a priority for you based on the area you live in, I'd suggest the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza for its smooth, quiet ride and outstanding wet traction. Are you going to experience winter conditions while on the road? Are you concerned about snow traction? You don't have to sacrifice much in the way of snow traction when you purchase the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. It provides very good snow traction for an all-season tire, even better than some all-terrain tires.

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is currently ranked first in our tire survey results. It has the highest ratings in the following areas compared to other options in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category:

  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Light snow traction
  • Ride comfort

Curious to see what other drivers are saying about their experience with the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology? Take a look at some of our customer reviews

Announcing Our New Distribution Center in Denver, Colorado

Friday, July 18, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

If you happen to live in metro Chicago, you probably already know that you'll typically receive your tires in one business day.* After all, we're headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, just two hours away. Many areas located near one of our distribution centers receive their orders the next day.

Over the years, we've continued to grow, and consequently, we've added more distribution centers across the country. This is no different this year, as we're proud to announce our latest addition in Denver, Colorado. This distribution center is added to the facilities we currently have in:

  • South Bend, Indiana
  • Windsor, Connecticut
  • Midway, Georgia
  • Shreveport, Louisiana
  • McCarran, Nevada
  • Delaware - No customer pick-up

If you happen to live near one of our distribution centers (not including Delaware), you are able to pick-up your order. Since we ship orders anywhere in the United States (as well as many places outside the U.S), you also have the option of having your tires delivered to one of our 8,000+ Recommended Installers. All our Installers are carefully screened to ensure they have the right equipment and experience to serve our customers. In fact, to become a Recommended Installers a company must:

  1. Use proper mounting and balancing equipment including touchless or rim clamp, European-style tire changers and high-speed computer spin balancers.
  2. Employ properly trained technicians capable of safely performing damage-free installations.
  3. Be an automotive business that can offer additional services to customers.
  4. Possess a positive attitude and the ability to treat Tire Rack's customers with the highest level of professional courtesy.

When the time comes for you to purchase your next set of tires, shop by vehicle to review all matches for your application.

*Orders must be placed and payment finalized by cut-off time.

New Lightweight Track Wheel Available for Miata

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

There is perhaps no more popular vehicle for autocross and track use than the Mazda Miata. The Miata has been well supported in the aftermarket for years due to its light weight, great balance and playful driving spirit. While there are no shortage of 4x100 bolt pattern wheels available for the Miata, there's a new cost-effective and stylish addition to the line-up.

Advanti Racing's Storm S1 is available in matte grey and black painted finishes. It weighs as little as 10.6 lbs. in a 15x7" option, but is also available in 15x8" and 15x9" widths as well.


Advanti Racing Storm S1 Black Painted

Advanti Racing Storm S1 Matte Grey


Advanti Racing's experience as a supplier and sponsor of Scuderia Toro Rosso, among others, is reflected in the quality wheels they produce. Each wheel is designed and engineered in-house to the highest quality and testing standards, including JWL, JWL-T, VIA and TUV.

This wheel is both visually appealing and cost-effective given its competitive weight. Shop by vehicle to see if the Advanti Racing Storm S1 is available for your application.

Looking for a Quiet Summer Performance Tire?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Summer tires like the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position are the tires of choice for many enthusiasts and drivers of high performance sports cars. These two tires are great options, and you can see the differences between them by reading, "Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position vs Michelin Pilot Super Sport."

While Max Performance Summer tires offer some of the highest levels of grip and handling on the market, there are quite a few drivers who would be willing to give up a little grip for a smoother and quieter ride. If this sounds like what you're looking for, check out the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport and Continental ExtremeContact DW.

Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
Continental Extreme Contact DW
Continental ExtremeContact DW


Both options provide great wet and dry grip, while still offering good ride qualities. The Bridgestone and Continental have good road feel and steering response that you would expect from a summer performance tire. Their asymmetric tread patterns keep the noise level low and allow you to rotate the tires for even treadwear. The Potenza RE760 Sport is currently ranked second in the Ultra High Performance Summer category, while the ExtremeContact DW sits in fourth in the Max Performance Summer category.

For additional assistance choosing the right tire, take a look at our Tire Decision Guide.

High Quality and a Value Price with the BBS SR

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

BBS' name is world renowned for making high-quality wheels. With years of success in motorsports, BBS is dedicated to pursuing the highest level of technology and then applying this experience to the street.

 BBS SR - Anthracite Painted
BBS SR Anthracite Painted
 BBS SR - Machined w/ Graphite Accent
BBS SR Machined with Matte Graphite Accent


The SR is one of their newest and most affordable cast aluminum monobloc wheels, made using one-piece counter pressure cast technology and optimized by FEM analysis. Using FEM analysis and computer simulations, wheel properties are determined and optimized during the design stage. Prototypes have to demonstrate their quality on laboratory test benches under extreme conditions. During series production, an effective quality assurance system guarantees that each wheel is of first-rate quality. All BBS SR wheels are currently manufactured in BBS's state-of-the-art facility in Germany.

BBS SR wheels are available in 16" - 19" sizes and offered in anthracite painted and machined with matte graphite accent finishes. Vehicle fitments for the wheel include BMW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and other foreign and domestic models.

Shop by vehicle to see if the BBS SR is a fit for your application.

Marketer Becomes Tire Tester

Monday, July 14, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

After three-and-a-half years on the job, I finally got the call I was waiting for: a chance to be a Tire Rack tire tester! Along with other members of the Tire Rack marketing team, this was OUR opportunity to get behind the wheel of our test BMWs and develop our own opinions on tire performance and truly understand what it takes to get our findings out to our customers.

Having already experienced the Real World Road Ride portion of our tests, I was prepared to look for a tires’ ride, noise and light handling qualities across a variety of conditions. The second part of testing, the Performance Test Track Drives, occurs on our track, and was what I had been waiting all these years to do.

We can see the track from our offices in marketing, we thought we knew what to expect, we were both nervous and excited. As one of our designers said, “I see our testers driving faster than I would want to go. The unfamiliarity of driving another’s car with someone else riding alongside me makes me uncomfortable.”

No worries. We weren't going to be competitive. (The photo at right proves we did take it pretty seriously though)

We got into the cars, we were told to drive at a level that made us comfortable. What made ALL of us comfortable was driving on the set of Michelin Pilot Super Sports. The tire allowed us to feel like we were in control of the car and have some fun behind the wheel as we slalomed a few cones, took some turns at speed and navigated the skid pad (And did I mention this was all done while our track's sprinkler system kept the course covered in water?). When it came to the Sumitomo Touring LS T tires we also tested, it was a completely different story. We were able to feel the vast difference in performance and gain a deeper respect for the testers out there all season doing what they do while listening to the car and the tires so they can accurately report on performances wins and losses.

Here's my rookie review of the two tires.

When driving on the Pilot Super Sports, I felt as if I could driver faster and take turns at speeds I typically don’t, as the tire gave me that much confidence. Now on the Sumitomo, I was braking much sooner to prepare for a turn. If I didn’t I would end up in the grass (even though I didn’t end up in the grass, I can’t say the same for some of my co-workers).

We didn't do a full test on the wet and dry course. And we're by no means expert testers like our sales specialists (who are our test drivers). But rest assured, you're in good hands when you're relying on the test results you read on the tires we offer. Our testers do this all season long and they've got my respect. And trust.

Here are our expert test results and more about our testing program.

Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position vs Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Since its release a few years ago, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport has dominated the Max Performance Summer category, garnering praise from many drivers of high performance cars. Its combination of handling, grip, responsiveness and road manners make it a top choice for the discriminating enthusiast. So much so, that I decided that it was the right choice for my own personal vehicle. Take a look at "Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires Installed on My Car" and "Michelin Pilot Super Sport: 5,000 Mile Update" to learn more about my experience with this top-rated tire.

Last year, my Michelin Pilot Super Sports were due for replacement. While I enjoyed their performance and handling for three years, I was impressed with a recent test of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position. In this test of four top Max Performance Summer tires, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport finished on top. To many, this was no surprise. 

Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
 Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport


However, many in our test were surprised at how close the Bridgestone compared favorably to the Pilot Super Sport. On the street and track, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport had faster steering response and a bit more dry grip than the S-04 Pole Position. However, I felt that the Bridgestone summer tire had a bit softer ride quality on the street, while still giving excellent cornering grip and road feel. Many may feel that the S-04 Pole Position has a better balance of ride quality and handling that would suit a vehicle that's driven spiritedly.

My conclusion? The Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position is great alternative to the Michelin Pilot Super Sport for those willing to give up a little in terms of ultimate handling and grip for a bit softer ride and lower price-point. Shop by vehicle and see if this Bridgestone tire is available for your application.