Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.7
 
 

2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Golden, CO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2014

This is my 3rd set of General Altimax Arctic snow tires. Live in the foothills west of Golden, CO, up a canyon and off on a steep gravel county road. I have to work real hard at getting these tires to spin in packed snow or plowed roads conditions. They just grip and GO! Plus they have excellent stopping grip. I do have to be careful stopping so cars behind do not get too close. I seem to be able to out-brake most other vehicles. I leave them on all year on my Forester since they wear so well and do fine on dry roads and rain/mud. I find them to be a great tire value for their cost level. I hope they keep making them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.80
 
 

1993 Volvo 2 Series Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Belleville, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2014

Even with only 500 miles rolled off the tread, I can immediately tell that these tires are my new favorite. The online test result information and other reviews rate this tire far above it's price range and I concur. That is value.
We have snow, ice and rain on the ground right now and the tires did better than any Michelin I normally buy. My Volvo 240 wagon is getting old and I didn't want to spend so much for my regular tire, so I bought these after a lot of research. This is my first Tire Rack purchase as well. I am so pleased with both the merchant and the merchandise!
Now, I have been driving a Volvo 240 wagon every day for 25 years. So, I know exactly what differences the tire makes in ride, handling, acceleration, and braking. This General Altimax RT43 is as good as it gets for all-around, all-season value in a tire. Even the tread depth is a better 12/32nds.
I normally put a smaller than original tire size on my wagon due to availability issues. This time I put the largest tire that would comfortably fit. My speedometer is only off by one mph, but the benefit is a much smoother roll, higher ground clearance, and slightly better fuel economy (but at a cost of slightly reduced acceleration).
I expected this taller tire to have more front end roll from the taller sidewall and new tread, but it didn't. Another reason to love this tire.
Another review is in order after a few thousand miles, but, for first impressions, these tires did not disappoint.
Oh yeah, they look great, too.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial T/A

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Radial T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

1996 Ford Ranger 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Plattsburgh, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 09, 2014

i had these tires on my ranger and they transformed the truck from a something that i hated driving to something that handled great, rode nice and had almost no tire noise unless i was above 75 mph. they held up to the occasional power braking really well and made the truck fun to drive. there definitely going on my new ranger they were oversize for the truck and soaked up the bumps great. and i even used them to get into a friends camp that was two miles of dirt roads that were unmaintained and even a few small mud holes and i didn't have any problems

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2012 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Bartlett, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

Great Snow Tire. Acceleration, braking and cornering are very good. I find them to be just as quiet as the OEM Summer tires. I have two Mazda-3 vehicles: one with the 4Ds one with the 3Ds. The 4Ds seems to have improved braking over the 3Ds, the other attributes are similar (I can't tell any difference). These tires love the wet snow, they rip through it with ease. They handle the hard pack snow well. They are less effective in the light powdery stuff when it gets over 3 or 4 inches. On the highway they are quiet, predictable and do not wander. Very happy with my purchase of the 4Ds.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Olyphant, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

I drive on mostly highways and country roads in the mountains. My all season Continentals were getting worn down and I had a few scary episodes with them on steep mountain roads while driving on snow and ice. I decided to try dedicated winter tires for the first time ever and purchased studded General Altimax Arctics for my Jeep. I'm glad I did too, they are the best tires I ever had for winter driving. They really grip the ice and snow especially while braking. Hopefully no more scary experiences on the icy hills for me.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8
 
 

1997 Ford Thunderbird
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Vassar, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 01, 2014

My first ever set of snow tires, I've lived in Michigan my entire life and always thought snow was something you just learned to drive in, tires were less important than your ability to handle conditions. I was wrong, this was the year to learn this lesson, I haven't seen the pavement on my road since December 18th, it snowed 3 more inches this morning, March 1st. These inexpensive tires have turned my old T-bird into a winter driving wonder, I haven't had this much snow fun since I was a teen. Snow tires don't just let you go in the snow, you can turn and stop also. Experimentinig in places I know to always be slippery, I could slamm on the brakes and it just stopped, Ican't say it's like driving on dry pavement but it sure is confidence inspiring. It makes winter driving feel safer. I will never go a winter without again.

iON Air Pro Camera or $70 Rebate With Purchase of Continental Tires

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Lately it seems that Continental has been on a roll when it comes to manufacturing class-leading tires. The company is known for producing tires with a moderate price point with excellent characteristics. While often there are faster times recorded on other brands in the dry, many Continental tires seem to excel in the wet and light snow (all-season tires).

A few of Continental's most popular models for passenger cars include the ExtremeContact DW, ExtremeContact DWS and the new PureContact with EcoPlus Technology with its 70,000-mile treadlife warranty. If you own a crossover, SUV or light truck, you will want to take a look at the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. The tire is designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow.

With the purchase of a set of four Continental brand passenger or light truck/SUV tires for a total value of $440 or more through April 4, 2014, you can receive a free iON Air Pro™ Wi-Fi Lite HD Camera or a $70 Visa® Prepaid Card.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (W-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2013 Ford Fusion
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Cleveland, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 11, 2014

So I drive for work, and have put about 10k miles on these tires so far. I have done no less than seven 100 mile+ trips through snow storms so far with these tires and am thoroughly impressed. My car is very light (235 width) and a light 1.6L Ecoboost motor. My car handles tenfold better than it did with the stock Michelin energy. The only thing i'd say is you can feel more road imperfections over the stock Michelins. But, I've had no vibrations at all with these tires even when it was neg 9 here. Dry traction and cornering is fantastic! Wet traction is great. Snow and Ice traction is impressive, even during braking. Take off isn't the best, but that's more due to the vehicle itself. Going between 40-50 on the highway with DEEP snow is what impresses me the most with these tires. They're no snow tire, but I would recommend them to anyone who has to deal with all four seasons. So far the tread is down to 9/32. It looks like I will get 40-50k miles on these tires

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2013 Ford Focus ST
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Miles driven on tires: 20
Location: Watertown, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20 Miles on Tires
February 08, 2014

So I just bought this car and I needed winter tires badly, and I had them studded for extra peace of mind when I came here to tire rack and bought a winter tire package with steel wheels as these are just for winter and don't need fancy wheels covered in snow and crap all winter. I installed these very recently and first impression were good from the looks in person. I took them for a drive as soon as I installed them with our roads being completely covered in packed snow on plowed roads and 4-7 inches of powder on unplowed roads. We have recently received 18 inches of snow in the last 3 days and these tires take it all on without issue. The only time I had to slow down was when the front bumper was hitting the fresh powder on the roads (6 inches deep powder) and was blowing up and covering my windshield and I couldn't see. I stopped several times on snow covered hills and my car just walked op the hill without issue. Being located in Watertown, NY we get a lot of lake effect snow and it can hit at a moments notice and I spent the most part of my day testing theses tires out. Stopping was easily done as long as you don't just mash on the brakes as to be expected with any tire the ABS kicked in but still stopped controllably. Deep snow wasn't an issue, some icy roads are easily manageable, packed snow covered roads were a cinch and I really enjoyed driving in the fowl weather with these tires. No white knuckles for this guy just ease of travel as I was back to feeling safe and confident behind the wheel with these shoes on the car. Now my car has quite a bit of torque for a Front Wheel Drive vehicle that I was concerned about but the traction control worked well and the tires gripped well. These tires were cheapest offered for my car and I was skeptical as I usually go for blizzaks but these I think perform at the same level easily. I would buy these again without worry and knowing they are lower priced than the other competitors just made it easy to choose

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta PA31 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.36
 
 

2004 Infiniti I35
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

Bought these to go on my girlfriend's infiniti. Replace some old Goodyears. I'm one for spirited driving and these tires hold up well for that. dry grip is solid and it takes some pushing to get these tires to their limits in a big sedan. very stable overall, but there's a very slight hesitation when doing sudden course correction (did a quick homebrew autocross when the tires were new). Most people won't notice it but i'm used to driving an Mr2.
Wet grip is great for an all season and im constantly impressed by how stable it is and its resistance to sliding. You can get it to slide if you push too hard, but i can take the same turns comfortably at 80% speed wet vs dry. wet braking is a little less impressive, as it will engage the ABS quickly if you stab it too hard, but generally good braking performance in light and heavy rain.
Snow/ice performance is average for an all season, Light snow being significantly better than deep, but i've only needed to dig myself out once this winter, so from standstills/parking it gets you going just fine.
I drive with traction control off most of the time and i have to actually try to lose the rear end on anything other than ice. very predictable when a slide begins as well.
For the record, i live in Chicago, so i've seen wet, dry, snow and ice in the same week.
Rides a little harsh and drones a bit at 70mph, but those are acceptable trade-offs for a the perforamnce/price envelope this tire gives.
four/five stars.

Looking for the Best Wet Traction from an All-Season Tire?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Driving in the rain can be a nerve-racking experience on its own, but factor in having a tire that's bad in wet conditions and you can have a recipe for disaster. We have the ability to test tires on our track when it's dry, as well as wet. This is important because there can be a very significant difference when it comes to wet traction between competing tires.

When it comes to choosing a tire with great wet traction and hydroplaning resistance, Tire Rack has a long list of tests we've performed ourselves. In these tests, we highlight important factors such as wet braking, wet steering response and wet cornering g-Force. Also, view customer surveys as they are very helpful when trying to identify which tires provide the best wet traction.

 General Altimax RT43
General AltiMAX
RT43
 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3
 Continental Pure Contact with EcoPlus Technology
Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology


If you're looking for an all-season tire with great wet traction and hydroplaning resistance, take a look at the General AltiMAX RT43, Michelin Pilot A/S 3 and Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. All three choices have tested very well during our in-house tests and are continually rated highly by customers for their wet traction capabilities.

To learn more about the importance of having a tire that can handle wet conditions, read "Hydroplaning: The Role Tires Play."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V2 concept2

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V2 concept2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6
 
 

2009 Honda Fit Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Overland Park, KS
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2014

Bought the tires in 2012, and put 30K miles on it already. I've experience it on almost all kinds of weather condition - heat, cold, rain, heavy rain, light snow, heavy snow, and even some ice.

Comfort: Not good. The tire is noisy, just like the OEMs. What's worse, it sounds like you're riding on an inflated balloon - you can literally hear the "emptiness" inside the tire when driving highway.

Wear: Not good. Mfr says it's good for 50K, but mine is pretty worn after 30K. I consider myself very conscious about tire pressure, and I keep it at the min of 33 PSI which is suggested by Honda... however the center wear slower than the both sides, which suggest they have been under-inflated. As a result I tend to put 35 PSI during winter and release it back to 33PSI when it's summer.

Traction on dry: Pretty good. I'm not an aggressive driver at all, and I think the tires grip pretty well on corners.

Traction on rain: Average. Front-wheel to slip a little when road is wet and press the pedal harder from complete stop. Cornering is still fine as long as you don't go nuts.

Traction on ice: They're fine considering they're not winter tires. So lack of traction is expected, but at least I was able to get the car into the garage when the driveway was 100% covered with ice for 5 days early this year.

Traction on light snow: Again these are no winter tires, so I don't expect them to do well - but they're well enough that the car won't slip as long as you drive with caution and leave plenty of space ahead. For Honda Fit Sports, you can take advantage of the paddle-shifter to downshift instead of 100% on the brake while on snow.

Traction on heavy snow: The tires handle reasonably well for all-season. I was able to get out from deep snow on parking lot - and when I mean deep, it means the clearance between the ground and the bottom of the car.

In summary - the tires handle weather reasonably well for the low price, but the treadwear and road noise are below average.

Our Customers Have Rated the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus the Best Grand Touring All-Season Tire

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Our most recent customer survey results have placed the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus as the highest-rated Grand Touring All-Season tire. Grand Touring All-Season tires place an emphasis on providing a luxurious smooth, quiet and comfortable ride while maintaining an optimal amount of traction in inclement weather.

 Pirelli Cinturato P7 All  Season Plus
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus
 Pirelli Cinturato P7 All  Season Plus
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus


Developed to be environmentally friendly, Pirelli’s EcoImpact icons confirm the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus’ contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air, low noise and long wear. Designed to be driven in diverse weather conditions, the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus features lower weight, less rolling resistance and reduced noise while enhancing wet braking and year-round traction, even in light snow.

Cinturato P7 All Season Plus tires use a tread compound that features low oil and high-silica content to reduce braking distances and rolling resistance. This compound is molded into an asymmetric tread design that blends dry handling with wet road and wintertime traction. A continuous outboard shoulder promotes steering response while the pitch sequencing and phasing of multiple inboard tread block sizes reduce pattern noise. Four wide circumferential grooves help evacuate water to increase hydroplaning resistance while engineered lateral and longitudinal sipes increase the number of biting edges to enhance wet road and wintertime traction.

To improve high-speed durability, handling ride quality and wear, the tire’s internal structure features twin, lightweight steel belts reinforced by variable-tension spirally wrapped polyamide. The tire features a progressively flexible sidewall to cut down on deformation and unnecessary dispersal of energy, thereby reducing rolling resistance.

If you drive a luxury touring vehicle and would like a smooth and quiet tire with great grip, consider the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67
 
 

2002 Nissan Maxima SE
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Holbrook, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2014

Bought a whole new set of these tires for my 02 maxima. I also bought a new set of stock wheels. this way everything would be new and i would have no issues. these tires are great and i have no complaints. they look great and do exactly whats needed. im not a speed demon. although i will get on the car sometimes, these tires give me no issues. great in water and snow (only light snow so far). ive read some reviews that say these tires are loud. but in my opinion they are not louder than any other tire ive ever had. the stock tire that comes with my car is around 285 bucks. thats insane. i used to have a set of goodyear eagle gt's. good tire as well but they cost almost 50 bucks more a piece. this tire is around 100 bucks and i think for that price you get a great deal. no slipping. good grip wet or dry. braking feels fine. if i have anything negative to report about in the future i will update.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H431

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H431 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.29
 
 

2013 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

I purchased a new Sonata Turbo that come with these tires. I kept them for 3 days and 150 miles. After the first rainstorm, they went in the trash. I could not pull away from a stop sign or light in the rain without the traction control having a seizure. If I turned it off, the car just sat there and spun. Braking was just as bad. There was no way to stop without the ABS going crazy in the rain. Only a very gentle stop would keep the ABS out of the loop. I have to say that in 41 years of driving, these are the absolutely worse tires I have ever tried to drive on. I have no clue what the snow traction is like. I couldn't live with them long enough to find out. So yes, I bought new tires for a three day old new car.

In case you think it was me or the car, the replacement tires were Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3's. All of the above problems disappeared. Only in the snow has the traction control and ABS intervened. And I've now been through 12.5 inches of unplowed snow to get to work.

So if your thinking of putting these on your car, you'd be better off going to a junkyard and picking up a set of completely bald tires with the cords hanging out - they will give you just as good wet weather performance as this pitiful excuse of a tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.91
 
 

2002 Honda Civic LX Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,400
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,400 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2014

First impression: Snow is a joke with these tires

GREAT in snow, like epically good. I can do highway speeds on a snow covered road and feel perfectly stable. The largest increase in snow performance was the braking. These stop you so well in the snow. They are surprisingly quiet when cruising. However if brake, accelerate, or take a corner they make a fair bit of noise. There is a good quarter to half second lag between the steering input and the tire response. That is to be expected with this type of tire though. If your expecting alot of snow, these are a good bet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.3
 
 

2008 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5 GT Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Richmond, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
February 23, 2014

These tires are excellent for winter-rated rubber on dry and wet roads, with progressive and predictable traction loss as you approach their limit while cornering. They are plenty capable of propelling my Subaru Legacy 2.5GT through over a foot of snow, although they are obviously aided by the AWD system's viscous limited slip differentials in this task. At speed, they maintain traction and stability through slush and shallow snow on the road.

On light snow and ice, they brake well but not as well as a fully dedicated snow/winter tire. This is to be expected, however, as these are designed for performance cars in areas with milder winters, where snows happens but infrequently. The trade off is far superior dry and wet traction than fully dedicated winter tires, with handling and braking comparable to some summer tires. Steering response compared to a summer tire is noticeably slower, due to the softer winter rubber compound.

Regardless, these will allow you to enjoy your car throughout the winter months without sacrificing much of the handling, braking, and cornering enjoyed on summer tires during the rest of the year. I highly recommend them, and they are a great deal for the price.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.00
 
 

2013 Fiat 500 Abarth
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Miles driven on tires: 7,800
Location: Agoura Hills, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 7,800 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2014

this is the oem tire on my car. i will be probably at least shopping for a stickier tire but i just got back from laguna secs for an Abarth track day event (comes free with the car if you're looking for an excuse to buy an abarth) where i drove a standard abarth on standard brakes and tires and the tires gripped wonderfully. i could easily predict and feel the understeer and then feed on the power more correctly. the only time i was ever out of line was more my fault than the tires' and after feeling them maneuver that corkscrew with aplomb, i can safely say these tires are top notch and they kept me on the track, which is more than i can say of other tires, and they are quite talkative (you know when they're going to break away they begin to howl and you feel the slip happen but careful throttle modulation keeps grip easily).

What Makes Your Track Car Stop?

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

Race season is near and you've bought a fresh set of competition tires, lightweight wheels and sport suspension, but what about your braking system? Hawk Performance offers a wide selection of performance friction material for your autocross or road race car. Take a look at the following options from Hawk and see if one is right for your vehicle. 

HP Plus Plus Race Brake Pads

Hawk Performance's HP Plus disc brake pads are designed for sports cars, coupes and sedans for driving in autocross, Solo II and many “track day” applications. Also, the Hawk Performance HP Plus Ferro-Carbon compound can take the heat at the track and get you home safely without having to change your brake pads in and out. This compound was designed for the serious street and autocross enthusiast.

Black Track Only Pads

Black Track Only Pads feature an all-purpose competition compound for use on lower temp and torque applications. They're commonly used on the rear axle of vehicles when using Blue 9012 compounds on the front axle. These pads are also recommended for dirt circle track and driving school/lapping days.

Blue 9012 Track Only Pads

Hawk's most popular Motorsport Compound offers excellent modulation and braking power for a wide variety of applications. A strong initial bite combines with exceptional pedal feel to give drivers confidence during road racing and stage rally events. Blue 9012 Track Only Pads are popular with experienced lapping day and driving school participants.

HT-10 Track Only Pads

This pad is for road racing or pavement circle track use that requires more torque than the Blue 9012.

HT-14 Track Only Pads

HT-14 Track Only Pads are designed for vehicles that achieve high top speeds and require repeated high deceleration rates during road race competition. Drivers of Sports Car/GT and higher horsepower, open wheel applications will consider this pad.


Hawk HP Plus Race

Hawk Black Track Only Pads

Hawk DTC-60 Track Only Pads


DTC-60 Track Only Pads

Hawk's latest formulation for excellent torque control and modulation for wheel-to-wheel competition. DTC-60 pads can be combined with the DTC-70 when less torque is desired on the rear axle. Road race and asphalt circle track cars will benefit from using these pads from Hawk.

DTC-70 Track Only Pads

A higher torque version of the DTC-60, this compound is designed for vehicles with high top speeds that require repeated high deceleration rates. It can be used on the front or rear axle or combined with the DTC-60 if split friction between the front and rear axles is desired.

Search by vehicle to see all brake options available for your application.

What's the Best Brake Pad?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Doc Horvath

For most commuters, brake pads are items they can go through quickly and are often replaced only due to failure. In these cases, most people are prone to making quick decisions and don't take the time to consider the options available. To help find the best brake pad for your style of driving, review the differences in performance categories.

Premium

Assuming your vehicle never makes it to the track, brake pads in this category provide all the stopping power you need as you drive around town or hit the highway for a cross-country trip. Premium pads are of either semi-metallic materials for a good blend of stopping power and low noise or a ceramic compound to offer the same performance but with less dusting. Consider the options from Akebono, Brembo and Centric if this sounds like your style of driving.

Performance Street

Pads in this category move the driver one step up the performance ladder. They offer a quicker initial bite of the pad to the rotor and more resistance to brake fade in high temperature applications. All the pads in this category will use different combinations of semi-metallic compounds to give the driver better performance but at the cost of more brake dust and decreased rotor life. Hawk and StopTech provide great options in this category.

Autocross/Track

Brake pads from the Autocross/Track performance category exist to provide ultimate stopping power in the most extreme temperature conditions. Given their higher temperature thresholds, most pads in this category are not well suited for street use as they need to be warmed up above ambient temperature to be effective. Within the category, there exist different ideal temperature ranges so the driver can fine-tune the pad to their anticipated use. However, all track pads will come with a noticeable increase in pad and rotor wear, along with extreme amounts of brake dust that would be considered unacceptable for street use. Hawk provides the bulk of our options in this category.

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