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 Dunlop SP Sport 01

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Dunlop SP Sport 01 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2011 Jaguar XK
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
July 08, 2014

Exactly the kind of tire you're looking for to pair with your performance vehicle. Impeccably composed taking back roads at high speed or driving upwards of 130. Never a complaint from me with the performance of these tires. (just don't be too spirited on wet roads, especially after 15k miles)

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.9

1998 Jaguar XJR
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
May 16, 2007

This car had OEM Michelin MXVs which let me down during a high performance track day. I went to KDW2s after reading reviews here and found these are a whole new animal. Phenomenal grip for a tire with such good wet traction. I dont even worry about my lead foot wife during rainy runs on high crowned NY highways. The tire is responsive, stable at speed and not especially noisy. But the traction still surprises me wet or dry.

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.

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 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Friday, July 11, 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: 8.89
 
 

2001 Honda S2000
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Location: Barrie, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
June 27, 2014

I am now on my 3rd set of these tires (AS/2 prior). These are an excellent balance between high performance and all-season. They last 3 times longer than the stock Bridgestone Potenza S-02 tires, with only s marginal difference in high performance dry driving.

Highly recommended for any S2K driver looking for great performance and longer life.

Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position vs Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Since its release a few years ago, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport has dominated the Max Performance Summer category, garnering praise from many drivers of high performance cars. Its combination of handling, grip, responsiveness and road manners make it a top choice for the discriminating enthusiast. So much so, that I decided that it was the right choice for my own personal vehicle. Take a look at "Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires Installed on My Car" and "Michelin Pilot Super Sport: 5,000 Mile Update" to learn more about my experience with this top-rated tire.

Last year, my Michelin Pilot Super Sports were due for replacement. While I enjoyed their performance and handling for three years, I was impressed with a recent test of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position. In this test of four top Max Performance Summer tires, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport finished on top. To many, this was no surprise. 

Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
 Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport


However, many in our test were surprised at how close the Bridgestone compared favorably to the Pilot Super Sport. On the street and track, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport had faster steering response and a bit more dry grip than the S-04 Pole Position. However, I felt that the Bridgestone summer tire had a bit softer ride quality on the street, while still giving excellent cornering grip and road feel. Many may feel that the S-04 Pole Position has a better balance of ride quality and handling that would suit a vehicle that's driven spiritedly.

My conclusion? The Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position is great alternative to the Michelin Pilot Super Sport for those willing to give up a little in terms of ultimate handling and grip for a bit softer ride and lower price-point. Shop by vehicle and see if this Bridgestone tire is available for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.45
 
 

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Initial Review, 20,294 Miles on Tires
July 02, 2014

I drove three Winter seasons on my Blizzak DM-V1s. I kept them at the factory recommended 33 PSI cold inflation pressure. I'm not much of a speeder, but I tend to take what my nephews call "high-G" turns. I tow a boat and trailer that weigh slightly less than 3,000 pounds all Winter; if it's above freezing and I can get on the water somewhere, I go. I've used Blizzaks on several different vehicles and am always impressed by how well they work in snow and on ice. As expected, they feel softer than Summer tires and even slightly "greasy" on warm roads. The shoulder blocks wore fairly quickly on the tires. I began to see the hard base layer underneath the softer tread layer at the beginning of the third season. However, they performed fine, even when backing the boat trailer down a roughly paved boat launch ramp covered by six inches of damp snow and ice. My only complaint is that they make quite a bit of tread noise. But, hey, the aggressive tread is what makes them work so well in deep snow. I'll probably buy another set, since they're the only tires available for my OEM wheels, but I'm not disappointed by that.

Great Grip Comes with Savings: Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Testing tires allows us to accurately tell which tires deliver the right combination of grip, handling and road manners to improve your drive. It also allows us to compare tires and tell drivers what tire we think works best for them. When new products come out, we can tell customers how they compare to other tires, as well as how they are an improvement over an older model. Case in point,  Hankook's new Max Performance Summer Ventus V12 evo2 which is replacing the closeout Ventus V12 evo K110.

New Max Performance Summer Hankook Ventus V12 evo 2
Hankook Ventus V12 evo2
Closeout Max Performance Summer Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110
Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110


We're in the midst of testing the V12 evo2, so look for our test report to be available later this year. In the meantime, take a look at the closeout savings on the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110. For example, the popular 225/45ZR17 has been marked down to $63*. The tire is currently in the top ten of our survey results and combines comfort and control in dry and wet road conditions.

Developed for the owners of sports cars, sporty coupes and high performance sedans, the tire allows drivers to express their personality and style. A high-grip silica tread compound features an innovative functionalized styrene polymer that lowers tire rolling resistance to enhance vehicle fuel economy without surrendering dry and wet traction.

Take advantage of this great deal and view all sizes for the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 that are currently available at a closeout price.

*Prices subject to change

The Continental ContiForceContact Now Available in United States

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

This year, we've added another Streetable Track & Competition tire to our line-up and are pleased to introduce the Continental ContiForceContact. Designed to compete with popular tires such as the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup and Toyo Proxes R888, the ContiForceContact (80 treadwear) has a compound that's soft enough to be competitive in a track environment, yet suitable for light street use.

Unlike extremely soft race-only applications, such as the Hoosier R6, the ContiForceContact is less likely to pick up road debris and comes up to temperature slightly slower, allowing it to be driven to and from the track. The tire's tread void areas also allow it to be used in the wet. However, while designed to resist hydroplaning, ContiForceContact tires are not recommended for high-speed driving on extremely wet roads with standing water where there is the risk of hydroplaning. This is especially true of shaved or worn tires. Drivers should drive cautiously at reduced speeds in these conditions.

We had an opportunity to test the tire back in March and determined the tire delivers an impressive blend of dry track performance and wet traction. It can also thrill drivers during hot laps with its precise handling and confidence-inspiring demeanor. For a complete recap of our test, read "Continental ContiForceContact: Track Day Magic."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2006 BMW 330i Sedan
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Location: Calgary, AB
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
June 11, 2014

This is a long lasting tire that performs well in varied conditions. In truth, I probably did not exploit its potential very often except on occasional tight on-ramps where grip and stability matter the most. I did notice that the shoulders wore out first, long before the centre of the tread and I attribute this to driving style. The Hankook Ventus V12 Evo is a good tire. When I replaced it I went for something a little softer and quieter and frankly I don't notice the replacement being much quieter. High performance tires generate more noise along with more grip. High mileage tires generate more compliance, less noise, and a softer ride. It is tough to find the perfect tire and this one is probably as good as it gets for versatility, sporty handling, and long life.

Continental TrueContact: Strong All-Season Performance and Longevity

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Summer testing season is underway and one of our latest tests is quite promising for Continental's newest entry to the Standard Touring All-Season market. Tested against several of its competitors, the new Continental TrueContact posted the fastest lap times of the group in the wet and also featured the shortest stopping distances in our 60-0 mph braking test. Long known for good wet performance, Continental continues the trend with this new high mileage offering.

Coupled with strong wet performance, the TrueContact features mile warranties between 80,000 and 90,000 miles depending on speed rating. TrueContact tires use an all-season tread compound that features Continental's Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. The compound is molded into a symmetric design that provides continuous tread contact with the road to enhance steering response and handling while three wide circumferential grooves promote hydroplaning resistance and wet traction.

During our short time with the tire, it seemed to deliver on the goals of good road manners plus excellent wet traction. Take a look at "Continental TrueContact Introductory Drive" for a more complete look at this new potential class leader.

Best Max Performance Summer Tires Versus Best Ultra High Performance Summer Tires

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Gary Stanley

If you're like many car enthusiasts, you choose to use summer tires instead of all-seasons in order to get better handling, faster steering response and higher levels of wet and dry grip. And it it's time for new summer tires, you'll want to think about how much handling and grip you'll need, and of course, how much treadwear and ride you're willing give up. Take a look at the options available in the following two performance categories to help with your decision.

Max Performance Summer 

Tires in this category are the best of the best. They're offered by manufacturers for the performance tire market. They utilize the latest technology and materials to produce outstanding performance and handling while still providing good street manners. Two options worth considering are the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position and Michelin Pilot Super Sport. Today's Max Performance Summer tires often equal the grip of D.O.T. race tires of the past. 

Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
 Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport


Ultra High Performance Summer 

These tires are the next tier down from Max Performance Summer options. This category is designed for those wanting great performance for grip, cornering and handing, but need to do so at a lower cost. Often, tires in this category have slightly longer wear and a bit softer ride than a Max Performance Summer tire. A few options to take a look at are the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 and Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport.

 BFGoodrich g-force Sport COMP-2
BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2
 Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport


I've used the Michelin Pilot Super Sport on my own vehicle and have been very happy with my choice. For more information on this tire, read "Michelin Pilot Super Sport: 5,000 Mile Update." 

Is the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Building a Lasting Legacy?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

This past weekend the sports world saw two champions add to their legacy. The new U.S. Open champion added another major title to his resume, and the San Antonio Spurs won their fifth N.B.A. title since 1999. There’s something to be said about consistently being on top – a place that’s familiar to the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2.

Since its premiere in our survey results back in February 2013, the tire has only known one spot: on top. It has been the top-ranked tire in the Ultra High Performance Summer category because it receives high marks in several areas: hydroplaning resistance, cornering stability and dry traction.

Honed by decades of BFGoodrich g-Force racing where success on the street begins with winning on the track, the tire is used by the Ford Racing High Performance Driving School at Miller Motorsports and Skip Barber Racing for their schools and race series. With racing technology successes incorporated into its design, the g-Force Sport COMP-2 delivers sharp steering response along with wet and dry grip without sacrificing treadwear.

“Accelerate faster. Corner harder. Brake shorter.” This bold statement from BFGoodrich was what we were to expect from the tire when we received it for testing back in July 2012. It definitely impressed! During our time with the tire, it delivered impressive traction, especially in the wet. We determined that it is a very capable Ultra High Performance Summer tire that was ranked first, as it beat out the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport, Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 and Yokohama S. drive.

What will the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2’s legacy be when all is said and done? With 17 straight months in first place, it appears it will be go down as one of the best Ultra High Performance Summer tires.

When you buy a set of four BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 tires before July 12, you can receive a $70 MasterCard Reward Card.