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

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 Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

My original tires were OEM Dunlop 245/40/R18 summer tires. The OEM 17 inch size is 235/45/R17, but I bought he slightly wider and tallerF245/45/R17 instead. The diameter and revolutions per mile is closer in the size I bought to the the original tires. From a performance point of view, these tires in 17 inch 45 series provide a softer ride than the 18 inch...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2

Great all around performer. Smooth, quiet ride, nice stiff sidewalls makes my truck ride all around much better. Stock Dunlops were a joke in comparison. Great in winter conditions. Snow flake rating and new compound deffinately is no lye. Alberta winter conditions are no problem for this tire so far.Brand new tire so I can't comment on wear yet. Overall...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

This is the 3rd set of 3D's I've owned. First on my E46 330i and now on my M3. Just swapped out for a new set this season and again, these tires transform my BMW into an actual driveable car in the snow. I cannot state more strongly how solid these tires are, and more importantly, how other BMW drivers must swap out their performance rubber in the winter...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

These are very good tires. They are outstanding in the dry and very good in the wet. Very stable and very good steering response. I track my car with Dunlop Direzza ZII ultra high performance tires I put on for that purpose only, and I can say the Eagle F1's 80-90% of that tire in terms of grip. Which is saying a lot because the Direzzas are almost racing...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Got caught in a driving snow-storm on I-81. Left the highway and had to make my way up and down hills for about ten miles to get to a hotel to wait out the weather. At that point there was about 4-6 inches of snow and the roads were completely unplowed. It was packed down in most cases but I still had to bull-doze my way through drifts a couple times.I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Bought a new set for my car, they perform great in snow/ice. However two of the tires blew out on a pothole within one week of purchase. Replaced both tires. Within two weeks, another tire had to be replaced because of a small puncture by a tiny pebble in the side wall. So I've purchased seven of these tires within four weeks. The pothole I understand, but...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

My wife wanted a Subaru Forester and we found one from an individual that had these tires already installed back in October of last year. I've owned Dunlops before and never had much luck with them but these tires did not disappoint. They have excellent winter traction and are surprisingly quiet for snow tires. Deep or light snow is no problem and I drove in...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R

1. Bought these for HPDE events and weekend driving. The car is a heavily modified '07 Mustang GT so handling and power is on par with a Boss 302. 2. Replaced a set of RE-11s that served well on HPDE days over the winter. The car also ran Hankook RS-3 v2 and Dunlop Star Spec I before in similar weather this past weekend (50F87F).3. On a tight fast course...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Excellent all around winter tire for areas receiving moderate snow. Majority of my driving in mid west where we experienced significant snow and ice this winter. Tires lean toward cold/dry performance over deep snow performance. Amazing responsiveness for a winter tire. Have had Blizzak on other cars and those are superior in DEEP snow. However Blizzak and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Purchased these after my OEM Dunlops wore out. WHAT A DIFFERENCE the MPSS's make.The wet traction is almost unnatural. It is seriously unbelievable how well these grip in wet. I opted to go with a wider tire size (245) and shorter sidewall (40)So I was worried about harshness from uneven roads... NOPE! They actually ride much smoother than the OEM dunlops...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tires perform much better than the O.E. Dunlops. All-wheel drive definitely helps the winter weather driving experience. Would definitely buy these again.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

After 2000 miles with this tire it is still a bit early to draw conclusions but so far I feel really happy with it. They are a vast improvement over the stock summer RFT (Goodyear NCT5, which is NOT a performance summer tire in my book). I was fearing a lack of steering feel based on the reviews I saw but I did not notice any lack of it compared to my...  Read More

Best Autocross Tires for 2015

We'll be running tests this summer as usual, but motorsport season is already getting underway. Here's a sneak peak at some of the best options available this year. BFGoodrich is introducing the g-Force Rival S, an autocross optimized version of the Rival. Though this tire is not yet widely available, it looks like a promising addition to the Extreme...  Read More

Sumitomo's Affordable Performance All-Season Tire Just Got Better

Sumitomo traces its roots back to its relationship with Dunlop that started in 1909 and has been engineering and producing world-class tires now for decades. In the late 1990s, Sumitomo and Goodyear formed a joint venture in which the two manufacturers would produce tires for each other. In a way, you can think of Sumitomo as the "Goodyear of Japan."  For...  Read More

March Madness Means Autocross Season is Coming!

Our hometown Notre Dame Fighting Irish are known for their football team, but that may be changing after Notre Dame's amazing comeback victory over North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. What a game! Many of us at Tire Rack can't wait to see how the Irish do this week in the Big Dance. And with March Madness here, you know what that means...autocrossseason is...  Read More

New Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R vs Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A

Bridgestone is a leader in the area of research and development in the tire industry. It's no wonder that their Potenza RE-11, and its successor, the Potenza RE-11A have been top-rated Extreme Performance Summer tires since their initial releases. If you aren't familiar with this category of tires, take a look at "What are Extreme Performance Summer...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

I purchased this tire for use during the fall and spring autocross seasons. On the road, it rides nicely and quietly (except over tar on the highway, where it makes a strange whistling sound), with excellent dry and wet traction.On the track, the character of the tire is completely different. After being warmed up (after 2+ autocross runs), the tire...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

I've had these tires through highway/city, pot holes, heavy rain, and they've performed great so far. They were replacing the OE Dunlop SP SPORT 7000 A/S which lasted almost 70k but were definitely due. By comparison I can say that even vs the Dunlops when new these Contys make less noise and ride much better especially when the roads get rough. What sold me...  Read More