Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude Tour Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2008 Lexus RX350
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Miles driven on tires: 16,000
Location: Modesto, CA
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 16,000 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

Replaced oe Michelins which wore well but were noisy at 55-70 mph.These are comfortable
quiet tires,not performance oriented.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Pembroke Pines, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
June 09, 2014

I bought a set of these tires back on July 2013. The tires have now 10k miles already, and even after the fact that my car literally "eats" tires for breakfast, the tires are still holding and I think I can extract another 1-2k miles from them (on the rears, the fronts still have thread for more than that). I tried everything on the market: Hankook Ventus V12s, Bridgestones Potenzas RE970s, Pirelli P-zeroes, Yoko Advans, and nothing came close to the excellent combination of performance, thread wear, road noise and stickiness of the PSS. I definitely recommend these tires to anyone.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2010 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 09, 2014

These tires are great. They are a step up in performance category (max performance) from the Ultra High Performance that I had previously and the difference is remarkable most notably in steering response. They handle great, ride comfortably and are quiet. I would definitely buy them again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2013 Honda Accord Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
June 06, 2014

Our 2013 Honda Accord Sedan with the Sport Trim Pkg comes with either Goodyear Eagle RS-A2
or Michelin Primacy MXM4. My experience with the Goodyear Eagle RS has been very disappointing and it took my dealer a week to find a 2013 Accord Sport with Michelin Primacy MXM4 on it from the factory. We have a 2009 Civic EX with the Goodyear above on it as it came with them and they are the loudest tire I & my wife have yet to experience. We became spoiled as mostly all of our Accords with the EX & EX-L trim pkg's are equipped with Michelin tires and most models have been superior. The Michelin Primacy MXM4 has been a strong tire for the 2013 Accord Sport as the 18" wheel/tire combo is more of a high performance All Season tire thus the MXM4(4=all season code). We have 15K miles on them and 12K+ of that is highway as we have driven to Florida & back twice and the balance is mostly local weekend driving as we only use the Accord for family trips & summer use. It is not driven from Nov-Apr as we drive to FL in mid-Oct, leave it there until we return in Apr. & drive back to NY in May. It then is driven throughout the summer month's as well as our annual Family Reunion (2-wks in Maine every August). We took delivery of this Accord in Oct. 2012, and 10-days later drove it to Florida. The Michelin Primacy MXM4 are a inch bigger than the tires/wheel pkg's that have come on our prior Accord EX & EXL's which are equipped with 17" alloys with matching Michelin tires. So, as for the 1st 15Kmi, we have been pleased with this tire, and don't expect any major opinion changes over the next 3-yrs. The 2008 Accord we had was an EX, and when traded for the 2013 with the Michelin Primacy MXM4 its Michelin's has 46k miles upon them.So please, try a set of Michelin Primacy MXM4's, you'll be glad you did as you'll start receiving dividends from the investment of your new tires starting when you 1st drive.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

1995 BMW M3
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Miles driven on tires: 6,900
Location: Gettysburg, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,900 Miles on Tires
June 14, 2014

Absolutely the BEST Max Performance Summer tire! I have these tires on my 95 ///3, and they actually "transform" the handling of my ///3 to unlimited potential. The feeling whilst driving with these tires is that of a roller coaster. Meaning going around corners, exit/entrance off ramps, rides like my ///3 is "On Rails". Driving makes you want to go faster and these tires feel as if they have no speed limit. Braking is excellent in dry & wet. Driving sideways is must with these (only for the real drivers please :)). One of my favorite features of this Michelin Pilot SS (245/40-17)is that whenever my tires get "Armor All-ed" the shine pops and stays. In addition to; the usual handling (dry & wet), ride comfort, noise, tread-wear, gas mileage etc...the Michelin Pilot SS = Absolutely the BEST Max Performance Summer tire!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

1999 Saab 9-3 Viggen Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Tarpon Springs, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
June 13, 2014

An excellent tire for all of my driving experiences. I have found the Michelin Super Sport tires to be the best tires for my Saab 9-3 Viggen.since purchasing the vehicle in 1999. The present mileage of the Viggen is 152k since new. I have previously had Dunlop, Bridgestone & Continental Tires on the Viggen since 1999 and the Micheline tires have out performed all of the previous tires by a substantial amount.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.13
 
 

2002 Mercury Mountaineer 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Hanford, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
June 16, 2014

Switched from Goodyear Eagle LS tires, never going back. These tires are by far superior in handling, treadwear and overall performance. I then put some on my Daughters car, what an improvement. Don't waste your money on any other tires. You get what you pay for. These may cost a little more but perform and last MUCH more than others.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.73
 
 

2001 Chevrolet Corvette
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Miles driven on tires: 8,568
Location: Garland, TX
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 8,568 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

These are performance run flat extremely high quality sport tires. They are on a 350HP sport car and although it is driven with care and safety in normal city and country traffic and on hard paved roads, these tires just don't wear like fifty thousand mile tires do on large less "sportily driven" slower family sedans. That being said, I wouldn't have it any other way. These tires are great at what they have been designed to do, and no matter what I ask of them, they perform flawlessly. I trust them. I just keep buying them because they suit my style of easy and sometimes spirited driving and they are run flat. My Corvette has no room for a full size spare; don't like or trust the donut. Oh, as a note, only buy my tires from Tire Rack and am totally satisfied

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: 9.29
 
 

2015 Subaru Forester XT Touring
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Morton Grove, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
June 11, 2014

This is my initial review after 500 miles. So far, these tires are quiet, ride smoothly, and appear to handle well in both wet and dry conditions. They are an upgrade from the stock Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 tires and complement the high performance nature of the Forester XT turbo nicely. If anything, they make the car feel more solid and luxurious, given the quiet and refined ride. Steering response is better as well. They are expensive, but worth it. I look forward to trying them in the snow next winter and will update my review then.

Best All-Terrain Tire Choices for 275/55R20 Size

Monday, June 30, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Not too long ago, 20-inch tires were rare, exotic and mostly reserved for high-end European SUVs or show vehicles gracing the cover of automobile magazines. Those that were available were ultra high performance tires, often with little to no all-season traction and wore very quickly. This is not the case today. In fact, 20" tires are an option on many popular trucks, SUVs and domestic and import crossovers. 

Of the 20" sizes that are used, one of the most common is 275/55R20. This size is often used on SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Suburban, Ford Expedition and GMC Yukon. Trucks that commonly use this size include the Chevy Silverado, Dodge Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and can even be used with 20" wheels on newer Toyota Tundras. 

A popular misconception is that one can't find more aggressive On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires in this size. This performance category is one of the most effective in snow traction and light off-road capability in a tire that can be used year-round. Many of the best all-terrain tires on the market are available in this size, such as the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar and Michelin LTX A/T 2.   

 Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
 Michelin LTX A/T 2
Michelin LTX
A/T 2


If you're looking for a more street friendly ride and longer wear, I'd suggest the Michelin LTX A/T 2. It compares quite favorably to a long-time favorite that you can learn about by reading, "BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO vs. Michelin LTX A/T 2." For more aggressive snow and off-road traction, consider the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar as your top choice.  

Does your vehicle require a different tire size? Shop by size and view the complete selection available for your vehicle. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2002 Porsche Boxster S
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Location: Delmar, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
June 08, 2014

This is the third set of Yoko AD07 or AD08 I have purchased for my Porsche. I am a "track rat", but have dedicated tires/wheels for the track. This is my daily driver, and is driven 50% city, 50% highway, including in the rain. These tires are fantastic with the best dry and wet grip available in a street tire. The turn-in is sharp, but not quite as good as Michelin PS2's, and better than Dunlop Direzza's. They are predictable at the limit, with a very correctable breakaway point. They are fantastic in the rain, and I have driven them in a downpour at Watkins Glen track, with absolute confidence. Resistance to hydroplaning is excellent. As they wear down they get VERY loud as they near the wear-bars. The wear is about average for an extreme performance summer tire. I just bought two AD08=R's for the rear after 12,000 miles. Fronts last me about 18,000. I don't care if they don't wear like iron - they are that good!

Michelin Replaces Primacy MXV4 with the New Premier A/S

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Michelin is known in the tire industry and by drivers worldwide for their technology and innovation. In 1946, Michelin produced the first radial tire. In 1992, Michelin introduced high silica rubber compounds and Green X technology. Continuing to develop new and exciting products, this year Michelin released the first tire with Evergrip Technology, the Premier A/S.  

What is Evergrip Technology? Simply stated, it reduces the rate of decline in wet traction. The Michelin Premier A/S retains more of its outstanding wet traction as it wears down. 

There are three main components to how this helps the tire perform:

  • Sunflower oil additive in the rubber compound maintains wet traction even in lower temperatures. 
  • Extreme silica acts to further improve wet traction throughout the life of the tire.
  • Emerging Grooves widen as the tire wears, reducing hydroplaning.  
 Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy MXV4
 Michelin Premier A/S
Michelin Premier A/S


This technology is so effective that Michelin is choosing the Premier A/S as the replacement tire for its top-of-the-line Grand Touring All-Season option, the Primacy MXV4. Already an outstanding tire, I installed the Primacy MXV4 on one of my own vehicles. You can read about my experience with this tire in a post titled, "Best All-Weather Tires for Mazda CX-7."

Why did Michelin place such a focus on wet traction? Keep in mind that accidents are more likely to happen on wet roads compared to dry. Drivers rank the ability to stop when a tire when is worn compared to when new as a top consideration when they're purchasing a new set of tires. The Michelin Premier A/S delivers that additional margin of safety when you need it the most!  

Shop by vehicle to see if this tire is available for your application.

Top-Rated Highway All-Season Truck and SUV Tires

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

In the United States, the truck and SUV market is extremely popular with drivers. It should come as no surprise that the tire market for this growing market share has become increasingly competitive. In total, 33 tires in the Highway All-Season performance category are examined by our customers, and two of the most popular are the Michelin LTX M/S2 and Firestone Destination LE 2.

The Michelin LTX M/S2's symmetric tread design of stable independent tread blocks featuring high-density 3-D Active Sipes delivers all-season traction on dry roads and in inclement weather. Four wide circumferential channels, multiple lateral grooves and open shoulder slots promote lateral water evacuation to enhance wet traction and stopping performance.

Firestone's Destination LE 2 is designed to combine long wear, a comfortable ride and all-season traction, even in light snow. It features twin steel belts reinforced with spirally wrapped nylon to provide strength, uniformity and durability on top of a polyester cord body that helps cushion the ride for truck and sport utility vehicle drivers.


Firestone Destination LE 2

Michelin LTX M/S2


Michelin LTX M/S2:

  • Highest-rated tire in the category
  • Available in a large number of sizes
  • 70,000-mile treadlife warranty
  • Large number of D/E load range options

Firestone Destination LE 2:

  • Outstanding value
  • 60,000-mile treadlife warranty
  • Highest score in category for light snow traction
  • Outstanding ride quality

To view all options available for your truck or SUV, shop by vehicle.

Continental ExtremeContact DW vs. Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Two of the most popular Max Performance Summer tires being discussed on automotive forums lately are the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Continental ExtremeContact DW. Both options are highly rated and outstanding tires. In our survey results, the Pilot Super Sport is currently ranked first, while the ExtremeContact DW is fourth.

How do the two tires compare? The Michelin Pilot Super Sport offers better handling, steering response and more desirable dry and wet grip. Continental's ExtremeContact DW provides a slightly softer ride than the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and a slower steering response as a result.

Some BMW forum members state that the ExtremeContact DW has a softer sidewall compared to other tires in the category. This can be viewed either as a positive feature or a downside depending on what you're looking for in your tire. Softer sidewalls (and slower steering response) result in improved ride quality and less harshness from sharp impacts like rough roads or expansion joints on the highway. 

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Continental Extreme Contact DW
Continental ExtremeContact DW


When it comes time to make a purchase, what tire is best for you? Think about your driving style and preferences for ride quality. If you want immediate response when quickly moving the steering wheel from side to side and desire the best dry and wet traction, go with the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. Are you willing to give up a little steering response for a softer ride? If so, the Continental ExtremeContact DW would be the way to go. Are you still having trouble deciding? For additional help choosing the best tire for your vehicle, visit our Tire Decision Guide.

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: 9.29
 
 

2005 Cadillac STS V8
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Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 16, 2014

I've only had these tires for a week, but wow what a difference! I got this car with the OE Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 and was shocked by it's poor performance. With traction control on in the rain, it was normal to have the car hesitate as the rear tires fought for traction. With TC turned off, well, it was a wild ride indeed. Lots of fun but very dangerous for the inexperienced. Snap oversteer ruled the day. In the dry the Michelins were a little better but still very overwhelmed by the Northstar's torque. I've been itching to try a good set of Extreme Performance or Max Performance tires on this car since I got it but waited until the Michelins were used up. I can say that these DWs have transformed the car. It's rained several times in the past week so I've had several opportunities to try out the wet traction. Where normally with TC off (that's how I drive) I would get severe oversteer with normal throttle application (meaning no aggression whatsoever) on turns with very slick asphault, these Contis just bite like crazy. I have to get very aggressive to induce some slip, and when I let off, they come back into line beautifully.

On the highway, at speeds approaching 70 - 80 mph, there is a little vibration in the steering wheel, especially as the tire comes up to temp. They are noticably more noisy than the Michelins but that's to be expected. Ride comfort is good but the stiffer sidewalls are definitely felt. Not a bad thing in my opinion but conservative buyers should be aware. I read a recent review from a Jetta owner giving these tires a bad review stating that turn-in is poor and that he can feel the sidewalls squirming and the only thing I can think of is that his width is way off compared to his wheel width. There is no reason why the experience he describes would happen with properly matched tire widths.

I'll update later as I get more miles on these tires but so far so great!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2010 Lincoln MKZ
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Mantachie, MS
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
May 26, 2014

My car came oem equipped with 225/50/17 tires. To give my car a better 'stance', I up'd the tires size to a 55 series so the 'fender-to-tire' distance wouldn't be so large. In doing so, the Optimo727 was my pick of choice since it was a well rated cheap tire that had good wear numbers. Boy am I glad I did! The factory Michelin tires couldn't even start to compare in ride comfort to these tires. The 727s made my car actually ride like a Lincoln should. They are whisper quiet, buttery smooth on the highway, handle great on dry corners, and have a nice tread design. Even after 20k miles, these tires look new! With the way I drive, I can easily get 70k from these tires. This past January I had the opportunity to drive this car from north MS to Detroit, Michigan to the auto show. While on my trip, snowy roads plagued the entire journey. These tires performed flawlessly throughout it all. Not once did I feel uncomfortable driving at 70mph on the snow. I bet I saw 30 cars and trucks go into the median, but I felt secure with these tires. These tires have definitely made me a believer in the Hankook brand, and I look forward to purchasing another set when these wear out. I've read on here where people whine and complain about how noise gets more pronounced as these tires age... So?! Doesn't everything get a bit louder as it gets worn? If I can get 60-70k reliable well performing miles from a set of 'cheap' brand name tires, I promise I'm not gonna complain about it going "woopwoop". And I'd like to bet that the ones who DO complain about their Prius's tires getting a bit noisy with age, are probably the same kinda people who complain about how their FlipFlops give them sores when they go jogging... Ya gotta match the product to the situation it's gonna be used in! This is a soft riding luxury touring tire meant for heavier vehicles. Not a Low Rolling Resistance hybrid tire for light cars! I'll Happily slap on another set of these bad boys when the time comes. They're great!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2008 BMW 535i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Boulder, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

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

Yes, yes, yes! Thats all that needs to be said, but I'll explain my love for these tires. I've driven ~30,000 miles on the PSS in my 535i and I absolutely love them! I purchased a 2007 335i a few weeks ago and its sitting on Hankook Ventus V12 Evo's, which don't even compare.
Due to the sport package on each car the tires can't be rotated. My first set of PSS's lasted ~15k miles in the rear. I have 15k on my 2nd set of rears and they still have at least 35% tread left. I'm at 30k on the fronts and they're down to ~20% tread but the grip is still unbelievable.
Even with the worn down fronts the Michelin PSS tires have better turn-in, stability, and both wet/dry traction than the Hankook Ventus V12s. They're also quieter and more comfortable. My 535i out-handles the 335i despite its heavier weight all because of the Super Sports.
I can't wait for these trashy Hankook's to wear down - which should be quickly due to poor tread wear - so I can put Michelin PSS tires on my 335i too! Michelin really blew the competition to pieces on this one as no other Max Performance tires have this much grip & composure.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Signature

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Signature Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Huntsville, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
June 01, 2014

HUGE improvement over the OEM Michelin run-flats. With the run-flats, it was like trying to run a 100 yard dash while wearing galoshes. The Dunlops restore the ability to enjoy the spirited performance native to BMW's (yes, even a 6,000 pound X5 SAV).

Treadwear has been a pleasant surprise -- now at 32,000 miles, and have probably 10,000 more to go before prudent replacement. (The OEM Michelins were at the wear bars at 25,000 miles.) Only negative - we got some snow this winter, and they were not great in anything over an inch or two. But in northern Alabama, that is such a rare occurrence as to be insignificant. Up north, where I used to live, I'd probably swap these out in the winter for some dedicated snow tires.

Bottom line -- if you have OEM run-flats on your BMW, UPGRADE to these Dunlops, and get superior performance for less than half the price. Highly recommended!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2012 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 4,500
Location: Littleton, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,500 Miles on Tires
June 05, 2014

These are a great 3 season tire. If you live in areas of frequent and prolonged snow/ice and I would pair these with snow tires.

I was down to getting either this tire, the Continental Extremecontact DWS or the Michelin Pilot A/S 3. At the time of purchase the Michelin had a lot or reports of a harsher ride and increased noise. The Continental had reports on the audizine forum of a weak side wall and multiple members experiencing a blown side wall. The biggest complaint on the Bridgestone was poor performance in the winter.

I have a separate winter tire for use from November to April here in Colorado. However, I did not want to use a summer only tire due to our occasional late spring snow storms and the occasional summer snow storm in the mountains. I also wanted a tire that would have better tread wear then a summer only tire.

I am very happy with this tire. The steering response is very crisp. Road noise is minimal or at least not beyond a normal level the degrades from your drive. Cornering is great when I am aggressive in the corners, off/on ramps or around the roundabouts. I have never felt more connected to the road in wet weather then I do with with this tire.

I only have two bad comments on this tire.
1) yes the winter/snow/ice ability is poor to average on this tire. If you are cautious you will do fine, but coming from snow tires and using these in one of our recent spring snowstorms and I was reminded quickly that you can't be aggressive in the snow with these.
2) I get flat spots on these when I park overnight. Its less evident when the weather is above 80 degrees F. It takes about 1 mile till the tires round out again.

Overall a great tire that I would buy again. I took off a set of Pirelli P6 all seasons with only 10,000 miles on them because they were so loud and harsh. These tires are so much better.

How to Choose the Correct Track Tires

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Are you heading to your first driving school or lapping day? Or are you already a track veteran who's looking to go even faster? Whenever you go to the track, having the right set of tires is essential to going fast, being safe and having fun.

What type of tires do you need to bring for a track event? Depends on the type of event, the expected conditions and the resources available to you.

Take a look at your available options:

Street Tires 

Some people run their cars on the track with the same tires they use on the street. If you're already driving high performance tires, that set may work for you on the track. This scenario works best when you're attending beginner driving schools, casual lapping days or other events where the focus is more on polishing your skills rather than setting fast lap times. Street tires are not recommended for track use, and driving them in a track environment will most likely void their warranty. Keep in mind that if you overdrive them into corners, you could easily render them useless after only one day at the track. An example of this type of tire is the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

Pros of Running Street Tires:

  • Convenience
  • Price
  • Can drive to the track safely.
  • Most street tires perform well in the rain.

Cons of Running Street Tires:

  • Performance - These tires aren't as fast in dry conditions as track tires.
  • Longevity
  • Getting home - What happens if you lose a tire on the track? Do you have an option for getting home?

Extreme Performance Tires

These options are really a subset of street tires, but they're designed to take the abuse of occasional track days. They have more focus on dry traction and responsive handling. Extreme performance tires can be used on an enthusiast oriented daily driver, or mounted on separate wheels for track use. An example of this tire is the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R.

Pros of Extreme Performance Tires:

  • Grip - Better performance than regular street tires.
  • Durability
  • Value - Last longer at the track than normal street tires.
  • Convenience
  • Versatility

Cons of Extreme Performance Tires:

  • Competition - Drivers are at a disadvantage compared to drivers who use dedicated track tires.

Streetable Track Tires 

There are some tires that are essentially track tires, but can be driven to and from the track. They would wear out very quickly if driven daily on the street. These tires will generally have enough tread pattern to handle damp pavement, but will be very prone to hydroplaning. An example of this type of tire is the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo.

Pros of Streetable Track Tires:

  • Grip - These tires will outgrip extreme performance tires.
  • Convenient - If you can swap wheels at home, but your car won't carry a second set of wheels to the track, this can be the perfect solution.
  • Versatility - Some of these tires can work as an intermediate tire for damp or drying track conditions.

Cons of Streetable Track Tires:

  • Give up a little grip compared to the most specialized options.
  • Few miles of use as a street tire.
  • Hydroplaning can be an issue if caught in the rain.

Specialized Track Tires

Track tires provide the ultimate in grip. They discard most streetability characteristics in order to deliver the very best lap times. With lots of grip and shoulders that are generally more square, these tires can be more challenging to drive at their limits. They should be mounted on separate wheels and installed at the track. An example of this type of tire is the Hoosier A7.

Pros of Track Tires:

  • Performance - If you are racing to win, track tires are the way to go.
  • Easiest way to turn faster lap times.

Cons of Track Tires:

  • Track tires won't work in the rain. You need a separate set if rain is a possibility.
  • More challenging to drive at the limit.
  • Often requires suspension modification or a specialized set-up.