Starke Design Wheels: A Great Choice for Porsche Winter Packages

If you own a late-model Porsche and are looking to drive your car or SUV throughout the winter season, this means shedding the dedicated summer tires that these vehicles come with. Should you decide to use a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package as opposed to swapping tires onto your factory wheels, take a look at the Starke Design wheel brand. Designed to...  Read More

All-New Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 vs Blizzak DM-V1

Bridgestone winter / snow tires¬†are renowned for their outstanding winter traction. For many years, the Blizzak DM-V1¬†topped the list of best Studless Ice & Snow tires for light trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles. Its combination of great snow traction, ice traction, wet grip and durability made it the most recommended tire in the category since its...  Read More

Winter is Coming Part 2: Performance Winter / Snow Tires

Performance Winter / Snow tire consumers generally live in areas that receive little or no snow accumulation, but experience freezing or near-freezing temperatures. The benefits using these tires are twofold. First, drivers get an increase in snow and ice traction, but unlike a Studless Ice & Snow tire, where you are keenly aware you are driving on a winter...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Winter

This review is for a person that has a vehicle like mine (2013 Porsche Cayenne S) with 21 inch wheels & summer/performance tires and needs all-season or winter tires for some winter driving. There are no all-season tires available in 295/35/21 size. I just had the Tire Rack Perelli Scorpion Winter tires installed and from a driveability and noise standpoint...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06

Wow! Continental has a home run with these tires. Comfort: The tires are much quieter than I expected for a high performance tire. They are no louder than the Goodyear RSA's that were OEM. The car is much more comfortable now over bumps. Before, I got a sharp impulse bump over uneven manholes, etc; now the bumps have a smooth flow with a lower amplitude to...  Read More

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

With oldish Bridgestone Potenza tires, my 1996 Porsche 911 C4 had a severe case of tram-lining, also bucking on every expansion joint, and noisy ride. With plenty of tread left, I thought it was the front end, and replaced shocks, tie rod ends, etc, which helped only slightly. The tires finally wore in back to the point of needing replacement in the fall of...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

I own these tires because they're actually the only tires available for the OEM 17 rims than came on my 2007 Porsche Cayman. There are literally no other options. Used to put Contis on, but can't even get those anymore. I've had them for a few winters now. I live in downtown Toronto and we get a mix of light and heavy snow. Some winters we just get really...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Only after 1600 miles, I noticed how much quieter these tires were compared to the OEM Pirellis. We just had a light snowfall and these tires performed exactly as I had anticipated. I tried to spin all four tires in the snow, but couldn't. One thing I have not liked about continentals are their softer sidewalls. I am thinking these tires seem to flex more...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Corsa System

I have had 6,000 miles on both front and rear with these tires including 5 track days, about 3 hours each day of track time. I am replacing the rear only. The front have a lot of miles left. I have tried Michelin and Conti on Porsche and this is the best. I have also tracked twice at Sebring in the rain. And while there was not standing water as they clear...  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 Sumitomo HTR Enhance C/X

I have Sumitomo tires on 2 vehicles, presently--a Porsche 911 and Toyota Highlander. I am purchasing another set for 3 rd vehicle. I am very pleased with the tires--despite some garage mechanics disparaging the brand. The Highlander is used for extended hockey trips and does 10 to 13 hours at sustained high speeds fully loaded--without any glitches. The...  Read More

One of These Things is Not Like the Other!

Often times, you'll see two different listings for seemingly identical tires, but they have two different prices. What in the world is going on with that? Tire manufacturers will give different part numbers to the same model of tires if the tires have a different sidewall styling, speed rating, load index or O.E. designation. These differences in the tires...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 vs Michelin Pilot Super Sport

If you were to check out customer survey results for the top two tires in the Max Performance Summer category, you would find that the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is currently ranked number one. I've used a set on my own vehicle and you can learn about my experience by taking a look at "Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires Installed on My Car." The second...  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 Continental CrossContact UHP

I will update this as they wear but I am pleased with these so far with only a few hundred miles. My Michelin Latitude Sports lasted 21k and were at the end of their life. They wore well and did better than many of the other choices compared to what I have used on the two different CTT's I've owned. The Mich's were a quiet tire with negligible noise change...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Replaced my Bridgestone Potenza RE 50's ( they were 10 years old) with approximately 8500 miles on them. 285 30 18 rear, 235 40 18 front. These were really good tires but the road noise and ride was a little harsh. I think age and size played a role.I purchased the Michelin Pilot Super Sports based on reviews on line and from speaking with other owners, (...  Read More

New Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R vs Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A

Bridgestone is a leader in the area of research and development in the tire industry. It's no wonder that their Potenza RE-11, and its successor, the Potenza RE-11A have been top-rated Extreme Performance Summer tires since their initial releases. If you aren't familiar with this category of tires, take a look at "What are Extreme Performance Summer...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

We live in a suburb of Seattle, so we do not get much snow ... but we do go up into the mountains in the winter, over two of the higher elevation passes. We have excellent Pirelli all-season tires for 8 months of the year, but wanted 'real' snow tires for the additional safety during December-March. Based on the reviews, we selected the Dunlop, although we...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Sport

This is the third set of these tires for my Cayenne. The OEM tires lasted about 15,000 miles. I changed the second set out at 16,000 even though they were not down to the tread wear indicators yet. This third set is performing like the first two. Excellent in the rain, smooth ride, and handle great at all speeds wet or dry. Nothing will make a five thousand...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Signature (H- or V-Speed Rated)

I just ordered by second set of these tires for my Cayenne. All other tires for my high performance SUV cost at least double the cost of these and many of them perform much worse. I have almost 150k miles on my Cayenne. I have purchased Porsche NXX OEM tires, Pirelli, Michelin, and Continentals during the time I have owned this SUV. I drive a 911 during the...  Read More