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.  

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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

1998 Chevrolet Corvette
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Hixson, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
May 24, 2014

The tires are almost three years old, so they are drying out some and really not to be pushed real hard even with adequate tread left. They have done very well over the 20,000 miles overall, still offering hydroplaning resistance and all around traction for normal and lightly spirited driving. They were real performers in the beginning feeling about the same at 150mph as 75mph, though that permormance has wained as they have aged. They do make noise on all but the nicest surfaces, varying with the poorness of said surface. I keep my pressure at the max recommended on the tire and have found the tires stable and a goood feel for my driving style. Especially great for the price. Would definately buy again. And that may not be too far away, if to just get that performance bite back.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.73
 
 

2001 Chevrolet Corvette
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Miles driven on tires: 8,568
Location: Garland, TX
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 8,568 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

These are performance run flat extremely high quality sport tires. They are on a 350HP sport car and although it is driven with care and safety in normal city and country traffic and on hard paved roads, these tires just don't wear like fifty thousand mile tires do on large less "sportily driven" slower family sedans. That being said, I wouldn't have it any other way. These tires are great at what they have been designed to do, and no matter what I ask of them, they perform flawlessly. I trust them. I just keep buying them because they suit my style of easy and sometimes spirited driving and they are run flat. My Corvette has no room for a full size spare; don't like or trust the donut. Oh, as a note, only buy my tires from Tire Rack and am totally satisfied

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

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88
 
 

2008 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: New Bedford, MA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

This is the second time I have purchased these tires for one of my Corvettes. I switched from the OEM Supercar tires and the ride comfort is now fantastic. It was like switching from heavy stiff work boots to soft cushioned sneakers. These are much quieter than the run flats. I bought an emergency tire repair kit for piece of mind. These tire have an attractive tread pattern for a performance car. The best thing was that they cost half the price of the OEM tires!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2009 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

Goodyear will score well with the Eagle F1 Asymmetrical 2 offering. I wanted an non-run flat for our 09 Corvette and this new Goodyear seemed to be the pick of the litter. With a 45k mi. tread wear warranty it fit our expectation for performance in a daily driver that would see all types of driving conditions. Our most recent outing included a 700 mile round trip to south Texas. We drove in highway and urban traffic, heavy rain and dry highway miles combined. The Goodyear tires surprised this driver particularly in the wet in heavy San Antonio traffic never a slip and providing predictable steering feedback in either wet or dry. For some reason, Goodyear just can't seem to calm the road noise its products generate. Michelin just has Goodyear whipped in the category but with the 500 tread wear rating and expectations of lots of miles to be turned the tires will last years on the Corvette.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated)

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43

1998 BMW Z3 Roadster 2.8
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Azusa, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
April 27, 2011

I replaced a set of Riken Raptors with the Goodyears. Much less noise, much better ride, better MPG and improved handling. I drive both mountain twisties and long freeway runs, and in both situations these are superior tires. Good grip under hard corniering and braking. I haven't had them long enough to report on tire wear, as the Z3 is a "third car" even thoug it gets almost 10,000 miles a year. Over all, I will proably get another set for this car, but that's a few years away at the pace we use the car. I also have a 2007 Corvette so the Z3 is a backup, rather than a daily driver. But I do like the Goodyear tire on the Z3. It seems like a good match-up.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86

2006 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 13,800
Location: Venice, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 13,800 Miles on Tires
October 11, 2012

These Hankook Ventus K110 tires are great. In comparison to the ROCK HARD Goodyears that came on my Corvette when new, there is no comparison as the Hankooks are far superior.

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

Friday, April 18, 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: 9.57
 
 

2008 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Waterville, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
April 07, 2014

Have 1500 miles on the set and drove through miles of heavy rain with no loss of traction or hydroplaning like the old Goodyears. Very quiet tire with a great ride. Only wish they came with a runflat option like the old A/S Michelin pilot sport.

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2008 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Schuylerville, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 09, 2014

Excellent tire for street performance cars. It is a quiet tire with a smooth ride yet handles as well as many track tires. The break-away is predictable and forgiving. It isn't a drag radial but provides great straight line traction for a supercharged car with 612 horsepower to the tires. No complaints in any areas and definitely would buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6
 
 

2006 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Prince Frederick, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

Only taken a couple rides on these new tires, one in the rain, the other on dry roads. During the both tests the ambient temperatures were about 50 degrees. The wet traction is phenomenal. With completely soaked roads, I could do a full throttle pull in 2nd gear from a 20 mph rolling start and the tires never slipped. It's been a very long time since my old PS2s could achieve this, if ever. I'm very impressed so far.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 11, 2014

I had never bought Bridgestone tires before, but since my tire size is rare, my choices were limited. I had (new) OEM Goodyears on this car most recently, and I never really had the confidence to drive them hard. I felt I had to be unusually cautious. Since putting the Bridgestones on, I am able to drive my car the way it should be driven. After 15K miles, these tires are still sticky and reliable. Their performance has been exceptional. I put them to the test recently in a 2,000 round trip from San Jose to Phoenix and was never disappointed. Driving the serpentine highway through the hills from San Jose to Santa Cruz late at night in the fog and rain gets my heart rate up and is almost too much fun. Lately I have noted very slight hydroplaning in deeper standing water, but they recover almost immediately. I would not hesitate to recommend them and will probably buy them again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position RFT

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2013 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Miami, FL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 23, 2014

So glad to get rid of the OEM Goodyears. These tires are have a low noise level and ride is excellant for a RFT. Driving in the rain is not a mission. Wide tires tend to get on top of the water but the Bridgestones keep traction. Only 2,000 miles on them but wear looks good.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14
 
 

2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 11, 2014

My Corvette is making just under 500hp at the wheels and I am very impressed with traction these tires have. My last set of tires were getting old (hard) and would brake loose in 3rd and 4th gear. These tires have yet to brake loose in second gear let alone any gear above that. While driving on a wet surface this is not the case though. These tires have just a tad bit noise than my last set, but overall I am very pleased with the traction and the cost.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2005 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 32,857
Location: Avondale, AZ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 32,857 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

I’m getting ready to order my second set of these. They’re much better than the Goodyear OEM tires. They’re quieter, they track rock solid (on the highway, the Goodyears required continual steering input to keep on track), very good wet/dry traction, and impressive tread wear (I’ll have over 33,000 miles on them when they’re replaced).