Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
July 01, 2014

OK for all you people who bought this tire for track or autocross, THIS IS NOT A TIRE DESIGNED FOR THAT SO YOUR REVIEW IS MUTE AND POINTLESS! Now on to a real review. This tire at first was noisey, however after about 200 miles its very very quiet. This is the most comfortable tire I have ever owned. Driving a sports car with very aggressive driving I can say that I am truely amazed by this tire. I know its early for a review. But not as early as some people only having driven 500 miles on a tire. Thats not time enough to really write a review people. I have taken this car on the twisties of the mountians here in Southern Califonia and I have to say it never breaks loose even when trying to push the tires past their limit. As I stated above its not a track tire, but putting it through the aggressvie driving I do with AWD punishing them. Even when they get hot they dont lose grip. I know someone on here said they get greasy but that was on a track. On the highways and back roads this tire is the one you want. They help with fuel economy as well with their minimal rolling resistance. They even beat some Ultimate Summer Tires. The OEM tires were Dunlops and these tires beat them in all catagories. I have no rain reviews because it hasent rained here and I wish they would let me give a dirt review because these tires held up very well on the sand and dirt this past weekend when I did a lot of time attack runs on the salt flats. If you have an AWD car like the Evo or STI then this is the summer tire you want.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2004 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Newark, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2014

I purchased this tire after I ruined a set of Dunlops by mistake. I used to be a dedicated Bridgestone before buying the Dunlop just to save a few dollars. Bad mistake. Anyways onto the review of this tire. Simply put, best Bridgestone tire I have ever owned. This tire is listed as a summer tire but I have used them in snow and had no trouble at all. It performed just as good as my all season tires I have owned. The dry and wet grip is outstanding. I have yet to make these tires squeal going around a high speed corner. As for the wet grip it is just like the dry grip, only way you can tell you are driving on wet asphalt is if its still raining. As with all tires there is going to be tire noise but for me the level of noise is almost non existent. I can't say too much about ride comfort with these being low profile tires but I can say they are better than my previous tires were. I can say for sure that as long as I have this car and Bridgestone makes this tire it will be my tire I buy when I need tires. I would recommend this tire for anyone with a spirited driving attitude and even if you live in the snow belt like I do, it's simple, if there is snow on the road slow down and these tires will do just fine for you. After I get more miles on them I will do a follow up review but as of right now I don't see anything changing about how I feel about these tires. Like I said earlier best tires I have ever owned, period.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2014 Mazda Mazda6
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Madison, CT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
May 19, 2014

Replaced the 19 inch dunlop low profile (5000 sport) that came with car with 17 inch allow wheels and the new michelin premeier. Could not take the road noise and harsh ride from the oem dunlop sport 5000. Ride is much better, quieter and far smoother. Road noise is lowered and the harsh, bone jarring ride, on highways with potholes or all types, is vastly improved. Interesting to note that the steering response is somewhat firmer, with more resistance, and that is also improved over the stock tires, because it is more natural, with better road feel. All in all a great choice for highway cruisers like me.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2014

Believe it or not I drive my 911 year round. The factory Dunlop tires performed well in the dry, decently in the rain, but wear very quickly and were quite noisy. I had the Michelins installed on an aftermarket set of forged wheels lighter than stock. Right away the noise level was drastically reduced. Also, I could get the Dunlop tires to break away if I tried, the Michelins stick like glue. Handling confidence is up there with an r compound street/track tire. The sidewalls are stiff, but quite frankly I'd prefer that with low profile tires. The ride isn't busy by any means, but you can feel the stiffness of the tires over larger road imperfections. Knowing that my expensive wheels are protected improves driving confidence rather than a softer ride. I run dedicated winter tires on the stock wheels during the colder months, and while they ride much better the 'grip threshold is much lower as to be expected. Running tires without the Porsche "N" designation doesn't worry me in this case as I trust the Michelin brand. I have run Michelin tires on other vehicles with equally great results. The price/performance/wear expectancy of these tires made them an easy choice. I haven't driven enough to gauge wear, but the factory rear Dunlops lasted about 18 months and 7,500 miles before needing replacement. While this is understandable given the performance envelope the car is capable of, the noise level alone turned me off to getting another set. The front tires seem to last twice as long, but for a few bucks more I got a whole set of Michelins as opposed to just replacing the factory rear rubber. If the rear tires last 15,000 miles I will definitely be sticking with them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.67
 
 

2006 Toyota Corolla XRS
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Kingwood, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
July 02, 2014

I autocross (but not in this car) so I am on the extreme end of spirited driving.

The Ecopias have great performance on dry and wet pavement and feel more like a performance summer tire. The sidewalls are extremely stiff so steering responsiveness and cornering stability is guaranteed. The con to the stiff sidewalls is that the tires are pretty noisy and can be bumpy if you drive a lot on poor roads. It iced over for a day last year and the tires did a little less than OK. The Ecopias had about 40% tread left when they were used in the icy conditions.

Traction in wet and dry conditions have stayed fairly constant throughout the tires life. I have about 1/16" to the wear bars now and the tires are just now starting to hydroplane in moderately wet conditions. These are the most consistent tires I have ever owned.

I was hoping to get 40,000 miles out of the tires, but I will be lucky to get 35,000 miles. A normal driver will be able to get much more mileage, but I think it would be tough to get the rated mileage out of them.

The tires feel the best with 35-37 psi cold and did have a 1.5 mpg average increase over my last set of tires (Dunlop Direzza Star Specs). These tires have pleasantly surprised me.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

1994 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2014

I have these on my supercharged and coilover'd '94 Miata that is strictly a nice-weather car, thus why I can't rate wet characteristics. I have had Potenza RE750s and the set before buying the ZIIs were Potenza RE-11s. The RE-11s were way above the RE750s, and I wore the RE-11s clear down to the rears being completely smooth and looking like go-cart tires... I don't put many miles on this car and those tires lasted 5 years, and due to lack of a garage at the time, they were subjected to very low temps, so the compound was not the best - I decided to destroy them at a local drift event to give me a reason to buy new tires.

That said, I mainly use my Miata as a driver but also I do a lot of very spirited backroading, tarmac rally stages, if you will. I was going to just throw another set of RE-11s on it, but a few friends that autocross suggested I take a look at the ZIIs. After reading reviews, I chose them. Got them from TireRack within 24 hours of ordering!

Now that they're worn in a bit, I'll say, THESE TIRES ARE GREAT! The grip... all the grip. Taking clover-leaf exit ramps with only scrubbing off a few MPH is fantastic! On the backroads, they do work and instill confidence. Very predictable tire. Ride quality is great, very smooth. There is a bit of a howl from these, not sure if it'll worsen or get better as my Miata has some camber from being lowered... but at the end of the day, it's a sports car, sacrifices have to be made. These do feel a bit squishy at times compared to the RE-11s, and I miss the RE-11s appearance - those are much wider tires and the sidewall with a 205/50 on a 6" wide wheel looked awesome... the ZIIs look like a 'normal' tire in comparison, but this also explains the ride quality improvement over bumps.

I'd definitely buy these again. I'm going to take care of these as far as temperature goes and I expect many years out of them. -MazKid

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.22
 
 

2013 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,300
Location: Newport News, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,300 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2014

These tires are OEM, so I have nothing to compare to. So far the worst performance was in the light snow and ice we've had this winter, where I'm driving about 10-15 mph and the car going virtually straight ahead when I turn the wheel. Keep in mind this car has stability control, ABS and is FWD. I can't say I've been impressed with that. Nevertheless they've performed well in dry and wet conditions so far. I feel they've handled well given the cars handling ability. It would be easier to provide a better review if I had other tires on the car to compare to, so some of my ratings are guesses. If I can I will update this review after a while.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx A1-A A/S

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx A1-A A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.12
 
 

2009 Infiniti G37x Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 37,000
Location: North York, ON
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 37,000 Miles on Tires
June 21, 2014

These are OEM tires on my 2009 Infiniti G37x. They are driven in spring/summer/fall and never in the snow. I put 37,000 miles on them.

The Dunlop is an average tire with good road holding (dry/wet)on the highways. However it creates fairly loud noise on road joints. During the last year the car jarred on ruts and became very sensitive on the steering (pulling to the sides especially on braking). The wear on these tires is quite acceptable. I replaced them because of the handling issues and age (5 years).

The Dunlop is more expensive and not cost effective. I put on a set of Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3 which I have yet to test.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2012 Honda Accord Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 68,000
Location: Orlando, FL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 68,000 Miles on Tires
June 21, 2014

I've had my car with the factory tires and am currently at 68000+ miles. I just performed the penny test and so has a mechanic and they're still good.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.88
 
 

2011 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Enola, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
June 17, 2014

I had this tire's predecessor on my 05' Evo MR and currently on my Eclipse GSX and on those two vehicles, these tires have performed very well! This new iteration performs very well as well on my BMW. They handle so well. But my other two cars are not what I would call quiet riding cars. So tire noise was not very noticeable. But on my BMW 335Xi M-Pkg., the tire noise is very noticeable. Since I do not use this car at the track, they may be overkill for street use, but I'd buy these tires again when I replace my track car tires.

Love is...Autocrossing. And Tire Rack.

Monday, June 16, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

A happy couple, fun with cars and Tire Rack. A perfect marriage in our book.

Angie and Woody Rogers, both Tire Rack employees, placed their first Tire Rack orders back in 1990 before even knowing each other.

Later they met and the rest is (autocross) history.

Woody, who began autocrossing in 1989, convinced Angie to come to an event for their first date. It wasn't long before Angie got behind the wheel and gave it a try herself. The motoring couple continued to compete in local, regional and national level autocross competitions around the country. And many sets of tires later, Angie eventually went on to win two SCCA National Autocross Championships!


Both joined the Tire Rack team on the same day in the summer of 1999. Woody has turned his love of tires and ample time behind the wheel into his role as one of Tire Rack's product information specialists and tire test program coordinator, while Angie has blended her graphic design training and management skills into her current role as print media buyer.

This time of year, you'll find them prepping their 2002 S2000 for yet another season of competition in the SCCA's STR class.


What's Installed? Woody Comments.

Dunlop245/40R17 Dunlop Direzza ZII Tires

"Chosen because it's an all-around performance leader. This tire is well suited to the task, and inspires confidence to push hard and place the car very exactly, both of which are critical to going fast."

TRMotorsports17x9.0 TRMotorsports C3 Light Grey Wheels

"These wheels have the correct fit plus light weight and economical pricing. It costs nearly twice as much to save just two pounds per wheel."

KW KW Clubsport Coil-Over Kit

"We've used KW Coil-Overs before, and they proved to deliver excellent damping control and a wide range of adjustability."

Eibach SpringsFront Anti-Roll Bar

"The Eibach Front Anti-Roll Bar is hollow for reduced weight and the two-way adjustability on the S2000 fitment helps tune handling as needed."

Intercomp 4" Deluxe Air Pressure Gauge

"Big enough to see from the moon, and always spot on accurate."

AquapelGlass Treatment

PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades

"The combination of Aquapel and PIAA Super Silicone wipers makes a great pair to assure visibility during even the heaviest downpour."

Braille Auto Lightweight Racing Battery (Carbon Wrap w/Mount) 6 lbs.

"Saving weight is an important part of this project, and this should shave nearly 40 lbs. from the car while still having plenty of cranking power."

SPCSPC Adjustable Ball Joint

"Installed in the front upper control arms, the SPC ball joints add additional adjustment range to the OEM suspension so we can get sufficient negative camber to optimize tire performance."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ102

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2009 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Rochester, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 29, 2014

I bought the DZ 102's because they were priced well and I really needed summer tires. I only have driven on these for a few weeks but must say these tires rock! The dry grip is much better than the factory Michelin's. They have a stiffer sidewall so the my cornering and handling has really improved. And the sound/road noise is a drastic improvement over the factory tires. I have not driven on these tires in the rain yet. I would buy these again from what I have experienced so far. My only complaint so far is that they look less aggressive when mounted on my car then I expected. They are a very nice looking tire off the car and from the side view but, the view of the tread from behind my car is less aggressive than I expected.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2004 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Mill Creek, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
June 07, 2014

Overall for a performance tire at this price it is excellent with a catch. The ride characteristics are great for this category of tire in normal driving conditions, very smooth even on chewed up roads and relatively quite. Tons of traction particularly while corning, more then the Dunlop SP9090s and Goodyear F1 Asymmetrics I've had on the same car. Unlike both those this tire has very soft side walls. This is partly why the grip in the corners is so good as it holds on where the others would start to slide, however this also leads to a lot of side wall deflection - not a big deal in normal driving but if you are doing hard cornering with quick directional change it will be. In such cases there is a fair amount of 'lag' as the tires unload from one side then reload on the other - during this time car has very disconnected feel - steering wheel is turned but you aren't turning yet - depending on the severity of the situation once the tires re-engage it can unsettle the car and in extreme instances has caused the stability control on my car to engage where other tires in the same situation this didn't happen. Upping the PSI above recommended settings mitigate this some at the cost of ride/noise comfort and tread wear.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZIIReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Spirited

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

Wow!! These tires far exceeded my expectations. Second weekend I had them on I went and did a open track day at a famous F1 track, Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium, and man did these tires perform! I have driven with them thru light and heavy rain already and have had no feeling of loss of control on the highway. Driving around the city and its wet outside on some turns I can feel my car under steer even though my it's AWD. Another thing I have noticed is when I get to 60 MPH I can hear a little tire noise but it's not bad. Over all a pretty quite tire, sticky when the tires get warm and its not raining and the price is outstanding for what you get. I fully recommend these to anyone that wants excellent summer tires with out spending $1600 on tires.