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.  

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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2007 Mazda MAZDA3 s 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 29, 2014

The Pirelli Cinturato is by far the best tire I have installed on my Mazda3. I had Michelin's prior to this purchase and they were good, but the Pirelli rides smoother and grips the road better in my opinion. I'm finding that all the positive reviews for this tire are true. I was a little nervous... never bought a Pirelli before, but so far it has lived up to all the hype given and the nice rebate made this purchase much easier to make. If this tire performs great in the snow like reviews have mentioned, this purchase will be a home run. The Michelin's were slippery on snow from the beginning and a big challenge to keep on the road in these conditions. I'm hoping the Pirelli's can do a better job in the winter. If you go with these tires, I think you will be happy you did.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.93
 
 

2007 Toyota Tundra CrewMax
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Odenton, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
July 02, 2014

I had a set of Michelin LTX A/T2 tires on my truck for 50000 miles before they needed replacement. These Firestone Destination AT's have only 35000 miles on them, and I will be replacing them before the snow flies this year. The Firestone tires were highly rated and were $20/tire cheaper, so I went with a set. They never performed as good as the Michelins. I have had to use 4 wheel drive to climb up a hill on a highway that was covered in about 2" of snow because the truck kept breaking loose. I was even passed by a Kia going up that hill, talk about embarrassing. Now it has started to hydroplane in medium rain storms, even though I have approximately 1/2 of the tread left.
I will be going back to the Michelins later this year.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

1985 BMW M6
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Hagerstown, MD
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
July 14, 2014

This is proving to be a great tire. Drove in a blinding rainstorm at 70 mph with no hydroplaning. Road noise is almost non-existent and ride is excellent. For the price you can't beat this tire. It is as good, if not better, than any tire I have owned and this includes Michelin, Yokohama, Pirelli and Continental. I don't plan to drive this car in snow but did want a tire that would perform well in cold temperatures.

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

Tuesday, July 15, 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: 9.91
 
 

2010 BMW 335i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 9,800
Location: Richmond, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 9,800 Miles on Tires
June 17, 2014

These tires are AMAZING! They have incredible grip on dry roads, and I swear they get even more grip in the wet! We have had one of the harshest winters I can remember, and these tires never let me down. Excellent in light snow and slushy stuff, and even good traction in some deeper snow. The tires have been incredibly quiet too. The wear has been very good so far. Very even wear after almost a year. The best tires I have ever purchased. Definitely worth the money.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx A1-A A/S

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx A1-A A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.12
 
 

2009 Infiniti G37x Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 37,000
Location: North York, ON
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 37,000 Miles on Tires
June 21, 2014

These are OEM tires on my 2009 Infiniti G37x. They are driven in spring/summer/fall and never in the snow. I put 37,000 miles on them.

The Dunlop is an average tire with good road holding (dry/wet)on the highways. However it creates fairly loud noise on road joints. During the last year the car jarred on ruts and became very sensitive on the steering (pulling to the sides especially on braking). The wear on these tires is quite acceptable. I replaced them because of the handling issues and age (5 years).

The Dunlop is more expensive and not cost effective. I put on a set of Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3 which I have yet to test.

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

Tuesday, July 8, 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: 9.29
 
 

2004 BMW 330Ci Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Huntsville, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
June 27, 2014

I bought these to replace my General GMAX AS-03. The first thing I want to say is that you get what you pay for with these tires. They are not cheap, but don't let that scare you. I didn't think it was possible for a tire to be this sticky while providing almost touring levels of noise and comfort. Compared to the General tires that I had, these are whisper quiet and have tons more grip. Their feedback is also very nice. You can hear them chirp a little as you approach maybe 80% of their capability and you can just keep going even harder. They're extremely predictable. It's obscene the speed at which you can hit interstate clover-type interchanges with these tires, and you can do it with confidence. Honestly, the limit of these is so far beyond my Generals that I haven't even reached it on the road, which is probably a good thing.

Wet handling is impressive. The treads pump away all the water in their path and let you drive in the wet with confidence that you can still stop faster and maneuver better than any other car around you. They give you that extra margin of safety of 10-15ft shorter stopping distance compared to other all-seasons. That's enough to easily save you from a fender bender. These are not a license to drive fast in the wet, it just makes your normal drive that much easier and safer.

I haven't had the opportunity to use these in the snow, but I'm not concerned. No AS tire is really viable in real snow. As far as I have read, these Michelins are to be considered a 3 season tire in the North and all-season without snow in the South. I can't get away with a summer tire year round since the temps drop well below freezing for months at a time, but I can't justify the cost of keeping two sets of tires. It also almost never snows here so snow tires are not an option. If you live south of Atlanta or Birmingham, I'd say you might be able to get away with the Michelin Pilot Super Sports. People in Florida and SoCal, should definitely be picking that tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2006 Pontiac Torrent AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 58,880
Location: Shoreview, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 58,880 Miles on Tires
June 30, 2014

The factory tires on my Torrent never held in the snow. I slipped all over the place. Replaced with these and I never had a problem in the winter. Even with rotating the wear was somewhat uneven but I got 58,880 miles before I purchased another set. I probably should have changed them out sooner-- about the last 10,000 miles when I went in for oil changes it was recommended I get new tires. These were not available when I went shopping so ended getting Michelin Defenders. Haven't been in the snow with the Defenders yet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX A/T 2

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/T 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Petersburg, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
June 27, 2014

I purchased these tires along with a 2" suspension and 1.25" wheel spacers to replace a set of Michelin MS2 tires size 245/70/17. I love the ride quality of the Michelin MS2 tires and wanted to maintain that quality with my modifications and I honestly can't tell any difference at all in ride quality, zip, zero, zilch. From 0-1,000 miles I noticed a bit more noise than the MS2 tires but the new tires are A/T so I expected a little and I either got use to it or the tires have started to set in on a wear pattern and have quited down. So far I love the tire and can't wait for the next snow or lonely dirt road. I would highly rate these tires and tell anyone not to hesitate on purchasing a set, they're worth the money!

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

Thursday, June 26, 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: 8.5
 
 

2012 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
June 24, 2014

These tires are amazing, I bought these to replace to stock all season pirelli zero which where pretty bad, before that I had the conti dws on my bmw, and they where very good, but nothing compared to the michelins, I live in vegas so no need to worryabout snow but i wanted something with a very high tread life and good grip, im apr tuned stage 2 and sometime traction control would flash threw 3rd gear on the pirellis, and anytime i take a corner somewhat aggressively the back end would slide out, and driving with out traction control was horrible, couldnt go anywhere, these michelin tires are completely opposite, my car rids much smoother, back end is much more composed, hardly any wheel spin in 2nd gear, and now i love to drive with traction control off, especially in the summer here in vegas, once these tires heat up, they're very impressive for a all season tire, cant imagine what a extreme summer tire would be like. I would definitely buy these tires again