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

I had old A/S tires and they went bad only after 26,000 miles. Also noise was quite bad. New A/S 3 are much better as far as lateral road holding and cornering. Braking is also much improved. Cornering is phenomenal and fully compatible to Super Sports that I have on my MBW M3. Road noise is okay, but still quite high. Road feel is good and predictable. Yet...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

I've lived in Minnesota and Wisconsin my whole life (and driving for 22 years). These are hands-down the best performing tires in winter conditions that I have experienced. This is the second set of winter-only tires I've owned (other set was Dunlop Wintersport M3 in the same size on the same car). I've also driven this car with the stock Bridgestone Potenza...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hoosier R7

So R7s are my first step up from R888s, Advans, Pilot Sport Cups and Pirelli Corsa (on newer Porsches) and other like R comps through 10 years of track experience. I replaced worn out R888 245/45/17's at 4 corners of my trusty old track prepared '98 M3 - first thing of note, the tires are substantially wider in sectional width than like sized other brands of...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Best overall performance tire made. Awesome on the M3 and Z06 Corvettes. Great performance. Great feel. Good wear.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Bought the DWS Conti's for my C5 Corvette based on reviews and I've also had a set on a BMW M3 that I drove year round. They are very,very quiet and they ride much nicer than the OEM run flats. The softer sidewall results in steering response that is not as sharp as summer tires, but once you turn in, the tires grip well and are predictable. Traction is...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

If you don't believe the hype with these tires, then you need to try them and boy will you be a believer. After having the front suspension components replaced on my 650i equipped with 19 genuine BMW Style 167(M6) wheels(245/40ZR19 and 275/35ZR19) along with a weighted alignment, it is literally like day and night when it comes to responsiveness and...  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 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

The M4 and my previous sets of M3's on two Subies are the best tire I've owned, period. One set was wearing down a bit more than I like in late spring, so I decided to take them into summer, couldn't wear them out. Great confidence on dry roads, off road mud, etc. I've been on glare ice where the ABS pumped a whole lot more than I would have liked trying to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Best tires I've ever had; I have them on both my E90 335i and my E92 M3. Traction is high and extremely predictable. Wet traction in our frequent Florida afternoon thunderstorms is superb. Excellent, even treadwear. What's not to like!   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama S.drive

for the first 3,000 miles they were quiet, but at around 4,000 miles on san jose freeways, they can get noisy and transmit a lot of noise in the M3's cabin freeway speeds, on certain not smooth roads. I would say they are 75% performance of a michelin super sport 225/45/17 and 75% of the cost. S. Drives will hydroplane initially and then find the road. And...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3

I have the Dunlop Winter Sport M3s on the OEM 18 wheels, in sizes 225/45VR18 in the front and 255/40VR18 in the back. These are truly outstanding snow tires. They are the best - I think - for a car like my E46 M3. We had a snowstorm (around Thanksgiving) and several freezingrainstorms. The tires behaved beautifully. The traction control light never came on...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta XS

I am using these tires in sizes 275/35WR18 in the rear and 245/40WR18 in the front, on the BMW OEM 18-inch rims. They are wider than the stock tires and, in fact, they are the widest tires that will fit on the OEM rims. My M3 has several modifications, including Dinan Stage-III suspensions and "CSL" competition brakes.After 3000 miles the tires are not very...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3

Amazing 60,000 miles on set bought August 2009. Only replacing because they were manufactured 51/07 (they are 7 years old now) and the rubber is hard and stiff. Still have 1/8 inch of tread. Goodyear no longer makes this size. Just like the Michelin Pilot Sport MXX3 that fit my '98 M3 (my all time favorite tire); they quit making in my size and had to find a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

I've been using TireRack and Bridgestone Blizzaks on my cars for 21 years, starting with a 1993 VTEC Prelude. I always downsize one level to keep a narrow winter profile. My '08 Civic 5-spd started with WS60s, now wears the WS80s. While the WS60s had great ice traction, the WS80s are superior and have better steering response. My old Blizzaks drove through...  Read More

Need Winter Tires for Stock 19" M3 Wheels?

As a high-horsepower RWD car that comes with summer tires, the M3 desperately needs winter tires if you are going to drive it through wintry weather. Both the E90 and F80 M3 commonly come with 19" staggered wheels, which makes snow tires hard to find. In previous years, the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 was available in 255/35R19 front and 275/35R19 rear, but...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo2

Installed the Ventus on my Mustang GT as a summer performance tire. I garage the car for the winter. Great tire with excellent grip in all conditions except snow. Quiet, stable when cornering, great stopping power and grip at launch. Wearing very evenly with rotation every 7k miles or so. I have about 12k miles on them now and they appear as new with little...  Read More

Don't Let the Fun Stop: Winter/Snow Tires for 2015 BMW M3 and BMW M4

My brother Tom was pretty happy with his E92 M3 until I went to South Carolina to drive the 2015 M3 and 2015 M4. Once he heard me rave about the F82 M4, he jumped on BMW's website to build his new 2015 M4. He'll soon need snow tires for his new vehicle. Winter / Snow Tire Category As discussed in our snow tire overview, you need to find the optimal snow...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S (H- or V-Speed Rated)

I have had these tires on a 2008 Acura TSX as replacements for the OEM Michelin's. The reason for the purchase of these over the OEMs was because of the good online reviews and price difference.I consider myself somewhat of a spirited driver at times. I have no complaints regarding the handling, braking, and comfort of these tires. They've gotten me through...  Read More

Winter 2014/2015: Detailed Updates for E9X M3

If you are looking for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for your M3 this year, take a look at the latest information on what is available this year: Sport Edition A7 wheels are available in both black and silver. It's still the go-to wheel for a practical winter package. They are a direct fit with no spacer. They will even use the original bolts and can...  Read More

Check Out Sumitomo for Affordable Tires

Who is Sumitomo? Headquartered in Kobe, Japan and involved extensively with the tire industry since 1909, Sumitomo has very close relationships with Dunlop and Goodyear. Sumitomo has produced tires in cooperation with Dunlop and Goodyear for many years. In fact, so much engineering, technology and manufacturing is shared between them that I sometimes...  Read More