I recently talked with a guy who owned a C06 Corvette. He was looking for a Max Performance Summer tire. The question he asked is one that I'm getting more often, particularly from those drivers who own high performance sports cars or high-end luxury vehicles. They ask, "Can I get a performance tire that lasts longer?"
Summer performance tires, like the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2, are made of softer tread compounds. This enhances the traction capabilities of the tire. You get very good grip and steering response. The drawback is that Max Performance Summer tires don't last very long. The category averages about 15K-20K miles. Even worse, if you're an aggressive driver you'll get even less miles. Many of the customers that I spoke to weren't aggressive drivers. Now and then they would test the limits of the vehicle, but very limited.
Most owners of Max Performance Summer tires use them because they either have a Winter Tire set for the winter or live in the part of the country that never falls below 40 degrees -- the temperature Max Performance Summer tires start losing their traction. Knowing this information I had no problem recommending a Performance All-Season tire as a viable option. Today's advances in tread composition, design and construction enables a Performance All-Season tire to provide more than adequate traction in the wet and dry for those owners that don't consider themselves aggressive drivers. With most Performance All-Season tires you're getting a smoother, quieter ride than a Max Performance Summer tire. Most importantly, a Performance All-Season tire averages 35K-40K miles, compared to 15K-20K for a Max Performance Summer tire.
The advancement in tread compounds for Performance All-Season tires is very impressive. It used to be that performance tires weren't given mileage warranties. That still holds true for Max Performance Summer tires and most Performance All-Season tires. Some manufacturers are starting to back their tires with a mileage warranty. For example, two new tires that have been getting a lot of positive reviews are the Continental ExtremeContact DWS and the Yokohama AVID ENVigor. Manufacturers believe in their tire so much that they gave the Continental a 50K mile warranty and the Yokohama a 60K mile warranty on the H- and V-speed rated version.
A Performance All-Season tire is a good alternative that will get you more miles. But remember one important fact. Proper tire inflation pressures and regular rotation ultimately extend the life of any tire.