Tire Testing: Max Performance Summer Tires

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by Ben Rooney

We have been testing Max Performance Summer tires on the road and track this past week. Our test took the two highest-rated tires from our most recent test, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position against two new challengers in the Toyo Proxes 1 and Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2. Full test results will be published soon, but here's a sneak peek at my impressions (my impressions may differ from the combined results that are created from the input of our whole staff, so keep in mind that these are my subjective thoughts):

  • The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is still the top of the class. Providing an outstanding balance of wet and dry traction with highly responsive handling, this tire is tough to beat in the Max Performance Summer category.
  • Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position tires have grip that are slightly behind the Pilot Super Sport, but make up for it with a supremely stable and confidence-inspiring feel, particularly in the wet.
  • With very good grip and respectable steering response, the Goodyear F1 Asymmetric 2 is a good option, but not not enough to unseat the top of the division.
  • Toyo's Proxes 1 had a very crisp steering response. Some thought it was even a little too edgy, but I found it to be a lot of fun. On the wet track, it was enjoyable to break it loose and then catch the resulting slide. However, this didn't result in faster lap times. It should be noted that the Proxes 1 is an older design than the competing tires in this test. Since it's new to us, we wanted to throw it into the deep end of the pool to see how it would fare against the best we offer. 

Look for the full test report to be available soon. And if you want to see how we go about putting each tire through our test, watch "Testing Tires: On the Test Track."

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