Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk GTA-03

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk GTA-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.3
 
 

2011 Chevrolet HHR LT
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Miles driven on tires: 64,400
Location: Roanoke, TX
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 64,400 Miles on Tires
March 30, 2014

At 64k, I'm still debating whether to replace the tires !!!(still a decent amount of tread). Just like any stock tire I've owned, the noise level increased as the tires aged. Most of the wet, hydro & snow issues are more due to the "toy" size of my HHR (which I love for roominess & mpg's)

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Franklin, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

I bought my used 2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible in January 2014 from a local car dealership here in southwest Ohio. It came with Firestone Firehawk GTA-2 195/55R16 tires that had about 75% of the tread wear remaining. There was light snow on the ground when I drove my new purchase home. With just a couple inches of snow/ice on my driveway, I literally got stuck with the front tires just spinning. I researched this Firestone tire on the internet and discovered that it was poorly rated for anything except dry roads even though it is suppose to be an all season tire. Some reviewers even classified the tire as dangerous in snow and on wet roads. Since my adult children would also be driving this car, I knew that I had to get these tires off the car immediately. After extensive research on www.tirerack.com, I decided on these Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 tires. They had a nice balance of performance and price. I had to order this tire in size 205/55R16 since it was not made in the recommended size 195/55R16. I was not thrilled with my limited choices of other tires in size 195/55R16. There was plenty of clearance for this Hankook tire on the vehicle and it only caused a 1.8% speedometer error (an actual 61 mph reads as 60 mph on the speedometer). I decided to write this review of this tire's performance on the Mini Cooper since one had not been posted. With this tire, there was an immediate and dramatic improvement in ice and snow traction. My Mini Cooper is now a fun little snow machine. Traction on dry roads is outstanding and wet road traction is now also excellent. Ride quality has improved by being significantly less harsh. I wanted the more compliant sidewall of this tire to improve the comfort of the Mini Cooper's stiff ride and was willing to sacrifice some handling characteristics to achieve that goal. I am not what anyone would classify as a spirited driver but to my surprise, I found the tire's handling also to be excellent.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75
 
 

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

Best value high performance tire out there! 22K trouble free miles driving I-95 in South FL. Both wet and dry handling has been great, even in rainstorms. Road noise is no different than the Dunlop OEM's. Treadwear is what I expected for a high performance tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

1999 Audi A4 1.8T
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Auburn, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
February 01, 2014

Great tires, had these on my A4 with upgraded turbo and brakes. With everything working together these tires held up fine. They are still going strong. Their wear rate is unbelievable. I drove these tires year round in new england. I had a choice of buying winters or just saying screw it, so I just used these in the winters also. They were not the best in heavy snow, but I did manage through 3 inches of snow fine. During highway snow storms and city. **Also just because I said I drove it in snow does not mean you should.

 

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).

 

Hankook Ventus S1 noble2: Great Performance at a Value Price

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Ventus S1 noble2 is the newest Ultra High Performance All-Season tire offered from Hankook and a recent Tire Rack test showed the tire to be one of the best in its performance category. In our test, "Testing Value-Priced Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires," the Ventus S1 noble2 proved to be a top performer in key areas like ride comfort, road noise and wet traction. We compared Firestone's Firehawk Wide Oval AS, the General G-MAX AS-03, Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2.

 Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
 Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2


The Ventus S1 noble2 (H452) is developed for drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans looking to combine on-road performance with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Designed to provide Hankook's ideal ultra high performance all-season balance, the Ventus S1 noble2 blends handling and cornering performance with all-season traction, even in light snow.

Ventus S1 noble2 tires use hybrid compound technology silica that combines wet road traction with lower rolling resistance and longer treadlife. This compound is molded into a sophisticated semi-rib asymmetric tread design that features notched outboard shoulders, intermediate and center ribs to deliver responsive handling and stable cornering in dry conditions. Four circumferential grooves and inboard Aqua Hydro Block technology provide efficient wet traction and braking. Carving edge grooves and 3D sipes promote wet road and wintertime traction without abandoning dry road response and handling.

If you're looking to get the most tire for your money, the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 is definitely a great performing tire at a value price.

Hankook's Ventus S1 noble2 Will Impress You

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Our most recent test of value-priced Ultra High Performance All-Season tires pitted the well established Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS and General G-MAX AS-03 against the new Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2. Both Goodyear and Hankook had strong performers in the category, but have recently updated and improved their products to get a jump on the competition. 

In order to evaluate each tire's high performance capability and every day manners, we subjected all four to both our Performance Test Track Drives and Real World Road Rides. On our 4.1-mile loop of expressways, state highways and county roads, we're able to get a sense for how each tire will perform in real world conditions, like those most of our customers experience on their daily commute. The variety of pavement, conditions and legal speeds puts each tire through its paces and helps determine overall ride comfort, road noise and handling characteristics. General's G-MAX AS-03 proved to have the most responsive feel on the highway with the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 a very close second. Goodyear's Eagle Sport All-Season and the Firestone tire were not that much behind the others, but neither were quite as crisp compared to the General. Beyond handling, the Hankook led the way for the best comfort and least amount of road noise in the group. 

On our 1/3-mile test track, we can replicate extreme maneuvers in both wet and dry conditions normally experienced during an abrupt emergency avoidance move. When driven to the limit of our test cars' capability (and our driver's ability), the Hankook continued to lead the field in dry conditions, with the General and Hankook very similar in wet conditions. In a departure from our expectations, the Goodyear and most notably the Firestone struggled to find grip and provide great handling on our well soaked track.

With all the scores tallied, the Ventus S1 noble2 edged out the veteran General G-MAX AS-03 for the win. For a full recap of our test, read "Testing Value-Priced Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.64
 
 

2012 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 12,500
Location: Etobicoke, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12,500 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2013

This is my fourth Ford Focus I lease these cars and have enjoyed their european handling, I've had a set of Firestone Fire hawks and Pirelli p-6 original equipment tires both the pirelli and firehawks handled the Canadian winters very well but these tires are the worst for winter driving, I was stuck in a winter storm, I never get stuck like this the car wouldn't move even with the traction control in the off position, However it is a quiet tire and it handles the rain very well but in the snow take the tires off and get a good set of snow tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk GT

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk GT Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2011 Chrysler 300C
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: Saint Clair Shores, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2013

Worst tire I have ever owned. They were totally worn out at 22,000 miles.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2002 Audi S4 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Spokane, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 11, 2013

The quietest and best ride quality low profile tires I've owned so far. And the treadwear is by far the best. All that and they're comparable performance-wise to other brands of low-pro's I've used.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2001 Lexus IS300
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Miles driven on tires: 28,000
Location: Des Allemands, LA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 28,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2013

This tires are garbage the worst tires I ever purchased, the side walls cracked all around and on all 4 tires. after the first year I started to notice the cracks, by the second year they were trash.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk GT

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk GT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.55
 
 

2008 Toyota Camry SE
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2013

i originally purchased these tires, because it was on sale. buy 3 get one free. these tires improved my cars handling compared to the oe tires but the treads dont last at all. after 35k its about time to replace them. the tire noise is also excessive. You practically have to use your outdoor voices to have a conversation in the car. would not recommend it at all.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Monday, March 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.75
 
 

1970 Chevrolet Nova SS
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
March 16, 2013

This is actually my second set of these. I have found no other brand that can compete with Firestone in a 245-50-16 for the street performance tire category. Great tires.

 

BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Defeats Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Back in April 2011, I wrote a blog post about the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 shortly after it was released. At the time, this tire was at the top of our customer survey results and initial customer feedback was outstanding. I was so impressed with the tire that I bought a set for one of my vehicles.

While I'm still happy with my purchase, the high performance tire market can change quickly. In just under two years, the Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 has been dethroned by the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 in our Tire Survey Results.

 Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500
 BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp-2
BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2


Also, during a recent in-house test, the g-Force Sport COMP-2 performed better than the Firestone option. Listed below is a summary of our test, while a complete report can be found by reading "Testing Ultra High Performance Summer Tires." 

BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 (Ultra High Performance Summer 245/40R18 93W)

  • What We Liked: Impressive traction, especially in the wet
  • What We'd Improve: A small reduction in tread noise
  • Conclusion: A very capable Ultra High Performance Summer tire that delivers excellent traction
  • Latest Test Rank: 1st

Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 (Ultra High Performance Summer 245/40R18 97W)

  • What We Liked: Reasonable ride quality
  • What We'd Improve: Wet traction
  • Conclusion: An economical option that doesn't have the ultimate grip to keep pace with the best
  • Latest Test Rank: 4th

If you want to combine a good blend of dry and wet street performance when choosing a tire for your sports coupe or sedan, take a look at all Ultra High Performance Summer tire options.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2010 BMW 135i Coupe
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Location: New York, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
July 19, 2011

good tire and a great tire for the money.

 

Corvette C6 Run-Flat Tires: Get More for Your Money

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Gary Stanley

A couple of months ago I wrote "Get More for Your Money When Replacing Your Corvette's Run-Flat Tires" that covered fitments for the 1997-2004 C5 models of Corvettes. For those of you interested in the newer C6 model Corvettes (2005-2012), the front tire size is 245/40R18 and the rear size is 285/35R19. Although the original tires on the C6 Corvette are a newer design and generally higher regarded than the C5's tires, there's always room for improvement. 

Ultra High Performance All-Season

 Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT
Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position
RFT
 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus
ZP


If you need to drive your C6 Corvette in near-freezing conditions or light snow, take a look at an all-season tire. Two of my favorite run-flat all-season tires are made in the C6's sizes, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP and Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT. Even if you don't need the cold weather capability of all-season tires, they're quieter and have a bit longer treadwear than their summer-only counterparts.

Summer Tires

Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT
 Michelin  MichelinPilot Sport PS2 ZP
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP


The top summer performance run-flat tires would be the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP and Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT. Keep in mind that these tires will lose much of their grip as the temperature nears freezing. They're not designed to be used on snow-covered roads or during icy conditions.

To see all options available for your Corvette, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS (W-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS (W-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.9

2003 Mazda MAZDA6 i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
December 16, 2012

Tires are great in rain. Reasonably quiet for performance you get. Snow traction really depends on type of snow, not to good on wet slush, ok in more powderey snow. I have had better snow traction from all seasons but these do an adeqaute job so far. I prefer the handling and firmer ride these deliver to the previous touring all seasons I have had on this car.

Lessons Learned at the Arctic Circle: Testing All-Season Tires

Friday, November 16, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

For optimum snow grip, nothing compares to dedicated winter / snow tires. But, what if you live on the edge of the Snowbelt and need to run one set of tires year-round? Then you're better served by purchasing a set of all-season tires with decent light snow capability. 

How do different all-season tires perform in the snow? Our test team has traveled to Sweden the past few winters to find out. Below are brief recaps of five different all-season categories and how certain tires performed during our time near the Arctic Circle.

Ultra High Performance All-Season Test

In comparing the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position, Continental ExtremeContact DWS, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus and Pirelli PZero Nero All Season we found the Continental ExtremeContact DWS to perform best in the snow with the Pirelli finishing a close second. On ice, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus led the way with Continental's ExtremeContact DWS and Pirelli's PZero Nero All Season coming in next. Bridgestone's Potenza RE970AS Pole Position trailed the others by a fair margin. Complete test results can be found here.

Eco-Focused All-Season Test

When driving on the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422, Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology, Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max and Yokohama AVID TRZ we found the Goodyear and Bridgestone options to be tops in the snow and on ice. Goodyear's Assurance Fuel Max delivered impressive results, especially under braking. Yokohama AVID TRZ tires were competitive, but showed lower overall snow traction than the other three tires.

High Performance All-Season Test

The Dunlop SP Sport Signature, Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS and Goodyear Eagle GT all offered decent snow and ice performance. The fourth tire in the test, the Yokohama AVID ENVigor, couldn't match the others on both surfaces. It provided a considerably lower level of acceleration, braking and cornering traction. To see how Dunlop's aggressive tread pattern paid a dividend in the snow, read "Testing High Performance All-Season Tires."

Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Test

Amongst the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia, Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and the Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max, the Bridgestone did the best in the snow with the Goodyear coming in next. When it came to braking on the ice, Goodyear's Assurance CS Fuel Max edged out the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. The Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology was fairly easy to control, but showed somewhat lower overall traction than the other two.

Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season Introductory Comparison Test

In assessing the General AltiMAX HP, Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season, Hankook Optimo H727 and Michelin HydroEdge with Green X, the Hankook Optimo H727 performed the best in snow and on ice. It was rather impressive in the snow, delivering very good overall traction and predictable handling. To view results from our test, take a look at "Testing the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12

2000 Chevrolet Impala
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Charlotte, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
August 06, 2012

I reviewed once I first got these tires and I loved them and still do. I had General Exclaims and liked them better and they lasted longer. I think I will only be getting around 25k on these tires, when I need at least 35/40k a set like my generals. I rotate and balance on each oil change, so I do preventative maintenance. I'm not sure if its because of the 255 width, but during heavy downpours I will NOT "fly" in the rain. I feel as if the steering is numb, could be GM numb steering and my mind and not the tires. Handles good in wet and dry, but I'm just not too "happy" about these compared to the Generals I was so use too.

All-Season Options When Replacing Your Camaro's Summer Tires

Thursday, November 1, 2012 by Steve Huffman

The muscle car lives and the new Camaro is proof. Since 2010, these pony cars have been prowling the streets of America and can be seen almost anywhere. By now, the time to start looking at replacing the tires for many has come. If your Camaro came equipped with 20s, they came stock with the Pirelli P Zero. While this is a fantastic Max Performance Summer tire, it's not designed as a long-lasting option that can provide cold weather traction. Granted, most Camaro owners aren't going to be using the vehicle in the snow, but there might be some drivers looking for traction when the temperature drops below 40 degrees. And more than a few owners looking to get a tire that will last longer than the Original Equipment.

Compared to when the car was introduced, today there are a few all-season options for the new Camaro. Included in these options are the Continental ExtremeContact DWS, Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS (W-Speed Rated) and General G-MAX AS-03. According to our Tire Survey Results, the ExtremeContact DWS is the best performer in light snow conditions. It also has the highest treadwear rating.

If you're looking for an excellent value option, take a look at the Firestone tire. It molds an all-season rubber compound into a symmetric tread design that blends dry road handling with wet, wintertime traction. Its internal structure includes twin steel belts reinforced by spirally wrapped nylon, along with a carcass reinforced by a hard sidewall filler between polyester cord plies to help resist distortion at high speeds and while cornering.

The General G-MAX AS-03 is currently ranked third in our survey as customers like its treadwear, wet traction and hydroplaning resistance. Three-dimensional sipes increase the number of snow-biting edges to aid wintertime traction, as well as lock together to enhance dry and wet handling. I also think the tire looks pretty cool, too!

Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS
Firestone Firehawk Wide
Oval AS
General G-MAX AS-03
General G-MAX
AS-03


If your Camaro tires are in need of replacement, shop by vehicle to find the set that best fits your driving style.