This year, enthusiasts are treated to an impressive new crop of Extreme Performance Summer tires. One of the most publicized new releases has been the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival. The Dunlop Direzza ZII, replacing the well-liked Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec, is another hot new entry into the category.
Slightly less publicized, but no less worthy of attention are the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R. Yokohama and Bridgestone have been two of the class leaders and are answering the new challengers with upgraded models for this summer.
All of us here were eager to take these new tires out for a comparison. Driving them on the street was a useful test of what it would be like to use them on an everyday car. Taking them on and off the entry and exit ramps gave us a chance to get a hint of what their performance capabilities would be. All four tires gave excellent steering response and handling on the road, though each exhibited its own personality.
On the track, we had the chance to push these tires to their limits in both wet and dry conditions. Each one found slightly different areas to shine, whether it be wet or dry traction, ultimate lateral grip, responsive steering or confidence-inspiring stability.
Each tire could find a niche depending on the type of performance that's desired. To see a detailed report of how these tires stacked up, read "Testing Extreme Performance Summer Tires: The Boys of Summer Are Here" and watch the test video below.