Longest-Wearing Z-Rated Performance Tires

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Gary Stanley

What can drivers of sports cars and high performance vehicles with low profile, Z-rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tires do if they want to have longer wearing tires? In the past, the best a driver could hope for, in regards to treadwear, was an option that lasted approximately 20,000 miles. This was the case for so long that it has become a common misconception that all low profile tires or tires with a high speed rating have rapid treadwear. On the contrary, there are options available with long treadwear ratings. Three of the best to consider are the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 and Continental ExtremeContact DWS.  

 Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
 Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2
Hankook Ventus S1
noble2
 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3


The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 has the best dry grip and quickest steering response among the three and comes with a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty. Both the Continental ExtremeContact DWS and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 feature 50,000-mile treadwear warranties and perform a little better in light snow conditions compared to the Pilot Sport A/S 3. All three tires are made in a variety of sizes. Now, even drivers of sports cars like the Chevy Corvette and Ford Mustang can find tires with higher treadwear.  

Shop by size to view all options available for your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.25
 
 

2006 BMW M3 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Brunswick, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
July 30, 2014

Bought these to replace my "m" spec'd continentals that I swore lasted at best 8,000 miles. Great tire for dry traction, decent for rain but the tread life on these tires were even worse than the continentals, (7,000 miles) Now it's just the rears I'm talking about the fronts are still at 50%. This car is driven by my wife and is driven very easy so I can't blame the driving style. In the end I bought 2 rears yesterday because I wouldn't buy miss matched tires so I think I'll get another 8,000 out of the fronts and by then these super sports will need replaced again. I do think M3's eat rear tires thou. I'm looking to replace my viper tires soon and will more than likely go with super sports also.

Why Doesn't My Car Come with a Spare Tire?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Is the spare tire becoming extinct? With a growing number of vehicles in the United States being sold without one, it could appear that way. In fact, many drivers are unaware they may not have one until they need one.

New cars, trucks and SUVs seldom come with a spare tire, wheel and jack kit due to an increasing demand for fuel economy and storage space. While all of these attributes are positives, they may not be at the forefront of your mind as you lay stranded on the side of the road. Despite not having a spare tire, there are ways to make sure you are prepared.

Many automakers include roadside assistance with the purchase of their vehicles. It's a good idea to program this number into your phone or be sure to keep a copy of the vehicle's reference guide handy (a smaller version of the owner's manual).

Drivers can fix punctures from small nails or screws using a tire inflation kit. We sell the Continental ContiComfortKit that injects a water-soluble sealant into the tire along with compressed air to re-inflate. This unit is simple to use and operates with the vehicle's 12V accessory power source.

The kit makes it possible for you to complete your drive home, to work, an important appointment or a tire repair facility. It also helps you get back on the road quickly, as most passenger car tires that are flat will take less than seven minutes to fill.

Purchase your own spare tire and wheel combo. Dealers often sell donut spare wheels and tires through the parts department. In the event they do not, you can purchase a full size wheel and tire to keep in the trunk. Please note that full size wheels and tires may not fit into the trunk storage compartment beneath the trunk carpeting. You'll also need to make sure you have a jack and lug wrench handy.

To learn more about the spare tires, read "Spare Tire Extinction?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2012 Audi S4 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
June 30, 2014

BLUF: I think these tires are awesome. The OEM Continental Sport Contact 3s got a flat; and also were wearing a little weird too at around 20k. So I told the wife since I was deployed to get them replaced with these (new for 2013) Michelin Pilot Sport AS/3s. Since I was away from home I had her send me some pics of them mounted and I was happy with how they looked. She said that she couldn't tell a difference from the Summer Tire Contis. I got home in February and took the S4 for a spirited drive and was extremely satisfied. Tire rack stated these were as close to a summer tire as an all-season could hope to be and they were right. Clearly not as sticky as summers but I'm not tracking or auto-crossing anyway so it didn't matter to me. The ride is great, handles great, and they have been quiet so far. I'm hoping the 500 Tread wear rating holds firm as I'd like to get more than 20k from a tire on this car. I plan on rotating every 5k, front to back and I will update a the 20k mark.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

1985 BMW M6
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Hagerstown, MD
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
July 14, 2014

This is proving to be a great tire. Drove in a blinding rainstorm at 70 mph with no hydroplaning. Road noise is almost non-existent and ride is excellent. For the price you can't beat this tire. It is as good, if not better, than any tire I have owned and this includes Michelin, Yokohama, Pirelli and Continental. I don't plan to drive this car in snow but did want a tire that would perform well in cold temperatures.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2013 Subaru Outback
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Miles driven on tires: 450
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 450 Miles on Tires
July 16, 2014

I was going to report on this tire at 1000 miles but now at about 450 miles there is much to say. The ride continues to improve and is getting quieter. Handling especially in the dry is also better and the Outback is approaching "tossable" when it comes to going through curves. For those who know the DC beltway (I-495) near the Moron Temple, I can now take those curves at near 70 MPH and the car tracks beautifully.

My first experience with wet braking was good. The tires slid but much less than the OEM Continentals. Dry braking is better and the stopping distances are shorter.

Fuel economy has suffered a bit down about 1 MPG but this is a fair trade off to significantly improved handling and a car that is more fun to drive.

Looking for a Quiet Summer Performance Tire?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Summer tires like the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position are the tires of choice for many enthusiasts and drivers of high performance sports cars. These two tires are great options, and you can see the differences between them by reading, "Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position vs Michelin Pilot Super Sport."

While Max Performance Summer tires offer some of the highest levels of grip and handling on the market, there are quite a few drivers who would be willing to give up a little grip for a smoother and quieter ride. If this sounds like what you're looking for, check out the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport and Continental ExtremeContact DW.

Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
Continental Extreme Contact DW
Continental ExtremeContact DW


Both options provide great wet and dry grip, while still offering good ride qualities. The Bridgestone and Continental have good road feel and steering response that you would expect from a summer performance tire. Their asymmetric tread patterns keep the noise level low and allow you to rotate the tires for even treadwear. The Potenza RE760 Sport is currently ranked second in the Ultra High Performance Summer category, while the ExtremeContact DW sits in fourth in the Max Performance Summer category.

For additional assistance choosing the right tire, take a look at our Tire Decision Guide.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2009 Hyundai Sonata
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Ridgefield, CT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 05, 2014

I love these tires. My previous tires(Mastercraft and Hankook), would initially begin spinning before they "caught," whether the ground was dry or wet. The Continentals hold their ground with no spin. They make me feel very secure. Another bonus is the fact that these tires are relatively new for the Continental brand(I think the "Pure" design came out last September, so the tires were manufactured recently. In fact, according to the sidewall, mine were only three weeks old when they were put on my car. No problem with tires sitting around for months or years.
Before I bought these tires, my daughter wouldn't drive my car in the rain. Now, I can't keep her away from it. She noticed the vast improvement immediately.
I am sold on Continentals,(my wife's new Outback came with them, and this is how I was able to test them). In the future, this is the only tire I'll consider.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiForceContact

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiForceContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2011 Porsche 911 GT3
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: San Carlos, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 21, 2014

I bought these Conti race tires for the first time to replace the Micheline PS2s on my 2011 GT3. My typical street able track tire has been RA1s or R888s from Toyo, but I was looking for something quieter. Long story, but I wound up cording my PS2s at the track and being forced to get R888s, so I have a perfect day 1 comparison of R888 vs these Contis. R888s grip well but have massive "tread squirm" under braking and cornering that makes it feel like the car is going to oversteer. Very disconcerting! They also sound line a helicopter on the highway.
Day 1 on the Contis and, amazingly NO tread squirm. The car felt terrific in turn in, mid-corner, on exit, and under braking. I broke 2 min for the first time at Thunderhill. They sound like a normal street tire on the highway (maybe a touch louder) and ride better than R888s. I even ran into some rain on the way home and they gripped great and evacuated the water fine(although there was no standing water). So after 1 day on the track I cannot say enough good stuff about them.
On the back roads they are also perfect. They are so grippy, yet tail out slides are easy to do.
Overall best street able track tire I have had!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Wallsend, NS
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
July 09, 2014

I drive a Holden Clubsport R8 6.2L manual (G8 GXP) but better. I don't drive the car a lot 15500 miles in 2.5 years but when I do it's very spirited and these tyres I found to be a bit squirmy when new and improved a lot as tread wore a little and are still very good in the wet even with minimal tread. Front tyres still have heaps of tread but rears suffer under the power. Overall a very good tyre and would bye again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.62
 
 

2004 Volvo XC90
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Miles driven on tires: 26,000
Location: Selkirk, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 26,000 Miles on Tires
June 11, 2014

I was recommended these tires by a employee of tire rack (customer service). Wear way too fast for an aggressive driver. I enjoyed the comfort of them completely, had minimal road noise. Seems that the tread is soft rubber compared to other competitors. I enjoyed them while they lasted but not for me again.I didn't really get to drive them during the winter months, but wet traction is not all they hype it to be. I drive a Volvo XC90 which is a heavy vehicle and I can still feel loss of traction during light rain. Hope this review you has helped. Car lovers :)

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo
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Miles driven on tires: 11,500
Location: Waterford, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 11,500 Miles on Tires
June 16, 2014

These tires came on my BMW 328i GT xDrive. We just had a horrific winter here in Michigan and these tires were awesome. The snow was so deep the bottom of my car was dragging and my bumper was pushing the snow, and it still never felt like it was anywhere near loosing traction or spinning. The car never feels like its searching for traction. I can't say how the tread wear is going as I haven't measured the tire, but after 11,500 miles they still look like they have nearly as much tread as when they were new. I work at a BMW dealership, and the 3 series normally come with these or the Continental ContiProContact tires. These are 100% better in the snow and wet. The have a surprisingly comfortable ride for a Run Flat tire too.