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 Michelin Pilot Sport 3

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport 3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2011 Ford Mustang Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

Had Pirelli P Zero same size tires which was original equipment for this vehicle.
The Pirelli's had to be replaced at 24,000 miles with a little life left but started to wear down the center as well as overall tread depth.

The Michelin AST 3 Sport are quieter, corner better and are overall sure footed on wet pavement.

I'm keeping up with tire pressure, rotation and balancing (coming up) as I did with the Pirelli's but I am hoping that I will get 45,000 miles out of them as rated.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.71
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 14, 2014

After 2 weeks of driving and one autocross, my reservations about this tire have receded. I read the reviews and felt comfortable enough to purchase them, mainly because they were the only tires that worked for autoX that were in my size. My concern stemmed from most reviews were on light cars and Mustang is much heavier. After an my last autocross, I am very happy with them. The weather changed from sunny and warm to cloudy and overcast and I felt very little change in the grip and feel of the tire. The OEM Pirellis were much more sensitive to weather changes and did not provide the same grip. Needless to say I am very happy with my choice.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
May 06, 2014

I bought my car, used, with these tires installed on it... They perform VERY well. Plus, they look great too.

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: 7.75
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
April 14, 2014

I chose the S-04s based on previous reviews and Tire Rack tests and could not be happier. These tires perform far better than the OEM tires that came on the car.

Dry grip is excellent. Breakaway is very controllable and is easy to pull back from slipping. I have autocrossed and tracked the car on these tires, and performance for a street tire in those conditions is excellent.

Where this tire really shines in comparison to the OEM ones is in cold & wet conditions. The stock tires got hard and slippery very quickly when temperatures got below 50 deg or it got wet, which made the car a handful. The S-04s do not do this; they give a lot more confidence driving the car under these conditions.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57
 
 

2012 Ford Mustang Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
June 19, 2014

GREAT TIRES!!!very quiet, wet or dry. and traction is awesome both wet and dry.time will tell as far as treadwear goes but so far im very impressed. handling is very solid also, corners well and is predictable. will buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (W-Speed Rated)

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Rochester, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
May 14, 2014

Overall the Eagle F1 All Season tires have exceeded my expectations. NOTE: I purchased them from Goodyear in 2010 but don't see them listed above. I previously had a set of Goodyear F1-GSD3 tires on my 2003 Mustang Mach1 which provided outstanding wet and dry performance at all speeds. After replacing the F1-GSD3s with the Eagle F1 All Season tires, I was pleased to find that they offered performance almost as good under most circumstances. They provide very good road handling for highway and city driving and have enough grip to handle quick cornering. I would definitely consider purchasing these tires again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2005 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Princeton, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
June 04, 2014

I absolutely love these tires. First off I matched front and rear sizes to 275/40/17. The have been wonderful in all driving. The front tires will out last 2 sets of rears however that is my heavy foot's fault. These tires are sensitive to pressure adjustments. Chalk test them so you have the right air pressure. They do loose some grip the more they wear down. But that being said these tire down to the wear bars still have better traction worn than a new toyo proxies. I absolutely love these tires and I hope BF keeps making them

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.67
 
 

1993 Ford Mustang
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
May 10, 2014

I had these tires on my 1993 mustang that I use for autocross when it was still in stock condition. My biggest complaint about this tire is the road noise. When compared to a tire like the old Toyo Proxes4, the Comp 2 is terrible for road noise and comfort. However, performance wise for what they are I would say they are the best in the category. I trashed these tires doing autocross. They do not like heat, but no tires at this level do. What impressed me most about this tire is how much grip it still had when it was worn to just about nothin'. I run the Rival now on a very modified 1993 mustang. There is no comparison. The Comp 2 is a very great street tire and can handle more than anyone can throw at it without committing a felony. I can't give these tires a fair treadwear rating because I trashed them, and nearly trashed a set of Toyo proxes4 immediately after just because they are simply not designed for the demanding heat cycles of road racing/autocross. I would recommend this tire to anyone who daily drives their sports car. This is a great tire, just not a track tire. It is predictable and precise.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z II

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR Z IIReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.8

2002 Ford Mustang GT
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Kenosha, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2009

When I purchased the HTR Z II's I was looking for a reasonably priced, well performing tire. I got the reasonable price, but not the performance I was expecting. The appearance is the best quality this tire has. The dry traction is sufficent but even with my wider rims than OEM's, I don't feel 100% that the tire is going to hold. I did get caught in the rain one time and the wet traction was good. The other quality of the tire that should be noted is that performance is definately related to temperature. During hot summer days with road temps into the 100's, the tires feel great. When you drive them below 50 degrees, it becomes a bit sketchy. It's to be expected for this type of tire, but it's a little extreme to me. Overall, I'm OK with my pruchase but would probably go a different tire next time around.