Autocross Tire Test Results

Test results are in for some of the top autocross tires for this season. The test featured the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival S, Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R, the Hankook Ventus R-S3 Version 2 (some of my early picks for this year's top contenders), as well as the Kumho Ecsta V720, which was a late addition to the field of SCCA eligible competitors.  Some of my...  Read More

Is the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R the New Extreme Performance Summer Champ?

Do you love to drive? Do you have a fun car that comes out for track and autocross weekends or do you simply relish the curvy roads of your daily commute? You should consider the sticky grip and razor sharp steering response of an Extreme Performance Summer tire. Last year, the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec tested out to be the top performing tire in...  Read More

The New Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R

Bridgestone has maintained a strong foothold in the Extreme Performance Summer category for the past few years with the Potenza RE-11 and RE-11A. Both options provide very good dry and wet grip and maintain one of the quieter and more comfortable rides in the category, making it the perfect choice for spirited street driving.   While very good all-around...  Read More

What to Buy When the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is Backordered

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is an outstanding tire. It combines top-tier wet and dry traction with responsive handling, making it a benchmark in the Max Performance Summer category. Unfortunately, it has been out of stock in many sizes this summer. So what do you do if the Super Sport has an indefinite backorder in your size? It depends on why you wanted...  Read More

Best Performance Summer Tire Values

Many of us are bargain shoppers. We're always on the lookout to get the most for our dollar. This is the case when it comes to shopping for tires. We want the best tire for the best prices. Take a look at the following options when you're shopping for a new set of tires this summer. Extreme Performance Summer Hankook's Ventus R-S3 (Version 2) has proven to be...  Read More

Sticky Tires for Your Fast Car: Tires You Can Drive on the Road and Take to the Track

Are you ready for autocrossing? Looking to do some lapping days at your local track? Participating in the Silver State Classic in September? Maximize your fun by picking the right tire for your car and the events you're going to run. There are essentially four types of sticky tires you should consider for your days at the track:   Extreme Performance Summer Str...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

These tires get great traction in all conditions - dry, wet, and snow. Much more grip than the Goodyear Eagle LS-2s that come with the car. I've read reviews reporting disappointing treadwear. I'm not sure if all-wheel drive wears them out faster, but I still have plenty of tread after 37,000 miles, and I have not been feather-footing behind the wheel. These...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

I needed to buy a set of tires for my mostly stock C5 corvette. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on tires for my weekend ride but I still wanted something with great dry handling. These tires have exceeded my expectations!Dry performance is amazing. These tires grip very well when warmed up for spirited driving. If it drops below 60 degrees, they...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

These Bridgestones transformed the GTI's abilities from good on the Continental OEM tires to outstanding. It now handles better than BMWs I've owned. Steering response has sharpened and getting in and out of corners defies the physics of a front-wheel drive car. Overall freeway MPG has dropped about 10% from the Continentals, but who cares; you're going to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Just got these to replace my Bridgestone Potenzas. WHat a difference. The ride is quiet, smooth, almost plush in comparison. The traction is great. On my previous set, spinning the wheels was easy. Ths is no longer the case. The improved compliant ride does come at a price. The car does not seem to track as well. I attribute that to a softer sidewall. When...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Phenomenal tires, and that's a good thing because Bridgestone is about the only manufacturer left making street tires in the sizes I need. Unlike most old 911s mine is my daily driver. Hot, cold, raining buckets; this is the car I drive and the RE-11s let me do that. Nice stiff sidewalls mean I don't have to raise pressures to get the responsiveness I want....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Driving a 300+ Bhp awd sedan as a daily driver and for autocross during the summer, I needed a max performance tire and this was it. After extensive research, the S04 turned out to be a great dry and wet traction tire. The deep circumferential grooves keeps me from hydroplaning and the response and cornering is top notch. The tires are by no means 'noisey'...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Great tires in both dry and wet conditions. Much much better than the OEM Bridgestone Potenza. This is my second set of Kumho tires on this car. The first set lasted over 40,000 miles. This one has 25,000 so far but I don't see it going to more than 28,000. That's been disappointing since I expected these to last close to 40,000 miles. I'd recommend these...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

These tires replaced Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position that replaced the OEM Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 on my Acura TSX. The Michelins had poor dry traction as the tires aged and were just ok in snow. The Bridgestones were excellent in all aspects except the winter season. They were terrible on ice or light/heavy snow, to the point that I needed to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

after 26 track days these tires still have tread left on them. They are very predictable while at the limit. I feel they have lasted very well and provided great performance.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

In the first 3 months I've driven in dry, wet and winter conditions and the tire has performed well. Comfortable and quiet ride. I replaced bridgestone potenza grid 019 and these are very quiet in comparison. Good tire at a great price, especially when purchase included a $60 rebate. I hope the tread wear proves strong over the next 3-4 years.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

These replaced OEM Bridgestone RE050 rft's which were worn out in back after 20K miles. I heavily researched options and we wanted to stay with rft for the security if we had a flat since there's no spare. While we don't intend any winter driving, we wanted strong dry and wet performance, along with a smoother ride and longer treat life. The difference...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

I've put these tires to the test and I am absolutely in love with them. Although I haven't had a lot of travel time with them, my first impression is they are a meaty tread with massive water channels, and they run a little on the small side (275 has slight stretch on 10.5 wheel). I've launched my car on dry pavement and I get little more than a chirp and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A

These are the oem tires on my gen coupe and I've been very impressed with them. Very stiff sidewalls that don't flex in turns, very progressive traction, they definitely let you know they're at their limits before letting free. Grip has been outstanding even in the wet, even with 350hp I still have to really try hard to get it to kick the back end out. As...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone DriveGuard

These Driveguard tires are great! I had the OEM Bridgestone Potenza runflats on my 2009 3-series with sports package. The Potenzas were loud, rough riding, and falling apart after 28,000 miles. After reading the reviews I ordered the Driveguards as a replacement and they have been nothing short of amazing. They are quieter, ride smoother, and don't give up...  Read More