Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2007 Porsche 911 Carrera
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
November 26, 2013

My previous set of tires were Toyo Proxes. I burned thru them in about 7,000 miles. I do 6 to 8 track events each year plus drive the car whenever the weather is good. These are simply the best gripping tires I have ever owned. The ride of the car has improved and the traction of the tires have made up for some over-driving errors at the track (Miller Motorsports). If there is a better tire out there for track and road driving, I would like to know. We have taken the Porsche on road trips of over 1,000 miles and my wife says she enjoys the ride. The Porsche has been lowered, new shocks to match suspension, plenum, complete exhaust and intake. 299 rear wheel horsepower. 235 at the front and 305 at the rear. I bought two sets of rear tires because the fronts last twice as long as the rears.

 

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Still Number One

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Having been on the market for over a year-and-a-half, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport still reigns supreme as the highest-rated tire in the Max Performance Summer category. While certain tires may occasionally hold the top spot for a few months, it's quite a rare feat to see such prolonged dominance. 

Frankly, I'm not surprised as this tire was a favorite among the staff during internal testing. Turn-in is crisp, the tire feels nimble, has great breakaway characteristics and an amazing grip level for a 300 treadwear street tire. While sometimes a little higher in price-point than others in its class, this tire really does deliver it all. In addition to being a solid performer, it has also received superior scores for treadlife, ride quality and noise quality. 

Here is a taste of what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the tire:

"The best tires I have ever used for road handling, performance and wear!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Lexus GS450h

"These are by far the best tires I've ever had. They're quiet and soft. Great ride. Excellent value." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S

"Excellent tires! I'm able to corner without hesitation and full confidence. The steering response is great and the tire wear is excellent. I will be buying these tires again, no doubt!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Audi A5 3.2

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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Toronto, Ca
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 07, 2014

I am in Toronto and we are having the worst winter ever for snow. What perfect timing to have purchased these amazingly sticky tires. I cant put my Carrera away for the winter as I love it so much, and traction with these snows is amazing, in all types of conditions, including deep snow and wet snow. I spoke to a very helpful Tire Rack rep prior to purchase and he recommended these vs all season. I was vasillating for weeks on snows/all seasons and am I ever glad I got the snows. I am driving with confidence and less stress for sure.

Best Winter Tires for Snow for Crossovers and SUVs

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Crossovers and SUVs are a very popular vehicle segment and are available from smaller vehicles like the Ford Escape and Nissan Murano, to larger SUVs such as the Chevy Suburban and Cadillac Escalade. There are even high performance models like the Porsche Cayenne and Infiniti FX that have acceleration rivaling that of sports cars.  

Most owners of these vehicles aren't buying them primarily for their off-road capability or 0-60 times, but instead for their desire of a balance of utility, comfort and performance. They also want good all-season traction, including during the winter months. To get the most winter traction, the best option is to install a set of winter / snow tires because they provide much better snow and ice traction compared to their all-season counterparts.

Which winter tires are the best for snow and ice traction for your crossover, light truck or SUV? 

 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
 Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Winter


I would take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 and Pirelli Scorpion Winter. Between the two, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 has better snow and ice traction. Pirelli's Scorpion Winter is a slight step down in snow and ice traction compared to the Blizzak, however it does have better dry road traction and quicker steering response for the days when the roads are dry. These tires aren't just available for SUVs and crossovers, but also make great winter truck tires. 

For more information on the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, read "Winter Truck Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Elyria, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

This is a great tire if you are looking for a comfortable and quiet touring tire. I can enjoy getting on the highway and driving 6-7hours to NY or NC. My car has had a variety of tires on it for the 17 plus years I have owned. May max performance tires will cup and make horrendous noise within 10K and ride very hard over rough roads pom this type a car. I was getting tired of the noise and harsh ride and wanted a comfortable touring tire like the original P6 they came with in 1986. I tried a Pirelli P zero nero, but that tire was poor in all areas of noise and wear. This tire fit the bill perfectly and has had great tire wear with very little cupping. I am running MO30 suspension and being a 16" wheel this tire will give up in a hard corner or when braking when pushed very hard in the dry. It does not squeal or give you a sign, but it will let go because of the larger soft side wall that gives it the comfortable ride. Maybe a 17" wheel conversion with this same tire would improve the cornering. You just have to know the limits of this tire and not get stupid or it may bite you. I would rate it as an excellent touring tire. I will probably buy again when the these wear out unless another model proves to combine the same comfort with an increase in performance.

 

Best Winter / Snow Tires for 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Which are the best winter / snow tires for 2013? The answer depends on your driving style, vehicle and the winter conditions you experience.

Studless Ice & Snow

Studless Ice & Snow tires deliver maximum snow and ice traction when conditions are the most severe. These tires will give up some dry grip and steering response compared to higher performance winter tires. Their rubber compounds have technology that keeps them soft and pliable even in subfreezing temperatures in order to give you great traction in snow and on ice. Studless snow tires have more aggressive tread patterns and often more tread depth to help them bite through the snow. 

They're available for nearly all types of vehicles, from small cars like the Smart ForTwo, all the way up to SUVs such as the Ford Expedition. Drivers who purchase these tires are typically driving in the central or northern regions of the snowbelt or higher altitudes. Studless Ice & Snow tires are also an excellent choice for new drivers and those that need extra confidence when driving in wintry conditions. Top tires in this category for 2013 include the Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
 Bridgestone Blizzak DMV-1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1


Performance Winter / Snow

Performance Winter / Snow tires give up some ultimate snow and ice traction for better dry grip and faster steering response. The tread patterns on these tires aren't quite as aggressive as Studless Ice & Snow tires, and often have shallower tread depths which leads to more responsive handling. 

Tires in this category are also made for a wide variety of vehicles, from performance sedans such as the BMW 3 Series, as well as larger performance oriented crossover vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne. Drivers who purchase Performance Winter / Snow tires often drive higher performance vehicles and many drive in areas where snow is less frequent or where snow removal is very good. Despite their bias towards more performance, they still have much better snow and ice traction than a typical all-season tire. Top tires in this category include the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4, Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D and Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32.    

 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
 Dunlop Winter Sport 4D
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D


For more help on selecting a winter tire from the proper performance category, take a look at "Should I Buy Performance Winter / Snow Tires or Studless Ice & Snow Tires?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2001 Porsche Boxster S
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Framingham, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2013

Used on a seasonal basis as car is garaged for winter. Low mileage vehicle so treadwear is not applicable in that sense. Great tire at good value.

 

What are the Best Winter / Snow Tires for 2013? Find Out Here!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Which are the best winter / snow tires for 2013? The answer will depend on your driving style, model of vehicle and the winter conditions you experience.

Studless Ice & Snow 

Studless Ice & Snow tires deliver maximum snow and ice traction when conditions are the most severe. These tires will give up some dry grip and steering response compared to higher performance winter / snow tires. Their rubber compounds have technology that keeps them soft and pliable even in sub freezing temperatures in order to give you great winter traction. Tires in this performance category have more aggressive tread patterns and often more tread depth to help them bite through the snow. 

They are available for nearly all types of vehicles from small cars like the SmartForTwo, all the way up to full sized SUVs such as the Ford Expedition. Drivers who purchase Studless Ice & Snow tires typically drive in the central to northern regions of the snowbelt or in higher altitudes. Studless Ice & Snow tires are also an excellent choice for new drivers that need extra confidence when driving in wintry conditions. A few top choices in the category for 2013 include the Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 (for light trucks, crossovers and SUVs).

 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
 Bridgestone Blizzak DMV-1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1


Performance Winter / Snow 

Performance Winter / Snow tires give up some ultimate snow and ice traction for better dry grip and faster steering response. The tread patterns on these tires aren't quite as aggressive as Studless Ice & Snow tires and often have shallower tread depths which leads to more responsive handling. 

Tires in this performance category are made for a wide variety of vehicles, from performance sedans such as the BMW 3 Series, to larger performance vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne. Drivers who purchase performance snow tires often drive higher performance vehicles, and many drive in areas where snow is less frequent or where snow removal is very good. Despite their bias towards more performance, they still have much better snow and ice traction than an all-season tire. Some top tires in this category include the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4, Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D and Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32.  

 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
 Dunlop Winter Sport 4D
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D


Are you having trouble deciding between Studless Ice & Snow and Performance Winter / Snow tires? Then take a look at "Should I Buy Performance Winter / Snow Tires or Studless Ice & Snow Tires?"

 

Which Tire Can Make Your SUV Handle Like a Car?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Doc Horvath

While most SUV owners appreciate the added space and "go anywhere" capability of their vehicles, the high speed handling of most SUVs can often leave enthusiastic drivers wanting more. Bridgestone, Continental, Pirelli and others have developed Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires in popular SUV sizes which fit this bill.

The new Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport AS was put in a head-to-head test with the Continental CrossContact LX Sport and Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season. Tests were performed using our Performance Test Track Drives and Real World Road Rides to see which tire made our Porsche Cayenne test SUVs handle most like their sports car relatives.

On our 4.1-mile loop of expressways, state highways and county roads, we're able to get a sense for how each tire will perform in real world conditions, like those most of our customers experience on their daily commute. The variety of pavement types, conditions and legal speeds puts each tire through its paces and helps determine overall ride comfort, road noise and handling characteristics. Continental's CrossContact LX Sport made easy work of small- and medium-sized impacts, while minimizing the effects of larger pavement breaks and other issues. Pirelli's Scorpion Verde All Season was close behind, with the Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport AS allowing just a little more road feel to sneak through the suspension. Road noise was minimal from all three models, and the Bridgestone was able to set the standard with the best handling characteristics. The Continental and Pirelli followed behind, but weren't able to replicate the crisp steering response of the Dueler H/P Sport AS.

Our 1/3-mile test track allows us to replicate extreme maneuvers in both wet and dry conditions that are normally experienced during an abrupt emergency avoidance move. The quick handling characteristics of the Bridgestone carried over to the track, providing very predictable and stable handling in both dry and most notably, wet track conditions. The CrossContact Sport LX wasn't too far behind, but the Pirelli struggled to maintain grip during acceleration and braking, making it a challenge to control near the limit.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires: Can Some of the Newest Help Yours Drive More Like a Car?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z III

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR Z III Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2001 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Wheeling, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2013

I drove these tires for, believe it or not, 20,000 miles. This was daily driving, and probably 4 or 5 autocrosses (comprised by 10 runs each). The tires held up very well, and they are totally used up now. Wet traction dropped significantly over the last 5,000 miles, but most of the tread was gone as well. For the money, it is hard to beat these tires. They are 1/3 the price of Michelins, and last longer. If you want to quibble about traction differences, OK, maybe other tires might have better traction, but I couldn't prove it in my driving. For the money, I wouldn't drive on anything else. And as far as road noise, they aren't bad. It is easy to hold a reasonable conversation in the car with these tires at highway speeds, or listen to the radio. But, to be honest, talking on the cell phone can be a bit challenging. Overall, a great value, and wonderful tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2001 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Wilmington, DE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2013

Excellence tires! They are the leader in their segment.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force R1

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force R1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: West Sacramento, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
April 23, 2013

From being sideways all last year on Toyo Proxes 888, I took Top Time of the Day my first event this season on these tires. They make a world of difference in auto-x.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Sport Maxx Race

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Sport Maxx Race Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2008 Porsche 911 GT2
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Magnolia, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2013

Installed these on my 08 GT2 recently and am very pleased with them. Grip is amazing and very predictable. A better option than the Michelin Pilot sport Cups in my opinion. Be advised that the tread depth is 8/32 not 10/32. Track guys will love them.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2007 Porsche Cayman
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Pleasantville, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
April 25, 2013

Just put these on my Cayman after wearing out my second set of Michelin PS2's and taking off my Michelin Alpin winter tires. They look great. Very different feel. Immediately more comfortable - softer ride, quiet, but there's a slightly "floaty" feel and a brief delay when you turn the wheel before the car turns. Still grips on a hard curve, its just the connection between driver and road is a little fuzzy compared to the other tires which, frankly, are punishing as every day drivers. Was only getting 32,000 miles out of the PS2's and needed more durability for my dollar. Haven't driven them in rain or snow yet. Will update. So if you switch from a dedicated high performance summer tires, which are all considerably more expensive and last half as long, be prepared to trade off some precision for comfort.

 

N-Spec Tires for Your Porsche

Friday, April 19, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

Porsche vehicles are known throughout the auto industry as one of the most highly engineered driving machines. Their engineers meticulously analyze every aspect of the vehicle's execution from weight savings and balance, all the way down to how the tires perform.

Porsche vehicles from 911 Carreras to Cayennes have tires that are specifically engineered for the vehicle through collaboration between tire manufacturers and Porsche themselves. Original Equipment Porsche tires are commonly referred to as N-Spec tires because the sidewall of the tire will be branded N0, N1, N2 or N3 and so on. The "N" is the designation for Porsche approved tires and the corresponding number identifies the version, with the higher number assigned to newer generations of the tire.

For instance, if you shop by vehicle and look at the 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe, when you choose "View Original Equipment Tires" the website will display all of the tires that may have come on the vehicle as Original Equipment from Porsche. You will find on the list the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 N2, Pirelli P Zero N2, Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N0, and Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N1.

 Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 N2 Porsche
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 N2 Porsche
 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N1 Porsche
Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N1 Porsche

 

 Pirelli P Zero N2 Porsche
Pirelli P Zero N2 Porsche
 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N0 Porsche
Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N0 Porsche


For more information, read "Porsche N-Specification Tire Approvals."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Lawton, OK
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2013

A distinct upgrade to the road noise and ride comfort over my stock PS2s. Tread life should be much better too.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2007 Porsche Cayman S
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Miles driven on tires: 15,500
Location: Wilbraham, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,500 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2013

drive this car in summer time. Run D.E.events & these tires are amazing! My lap times are close to cars w/race slicks. I have 12 events, 4 autocrosses, & 15,500 miles on them & they are now ready to be changed, what a bang for the buck!! A++++++

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

1985 Porsche 944
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Stamford, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
April 06, 2013

I have a 85.5 Porsche 944 NA and have only had these tires on for a few hundred miles and so far...WOW, they feel planted in the turns, keep in mind I have not broken them in yet and it has not been above 50 degrees so I have not pushed them really hard yet but Auto Cross next weekend, will up date them

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, April 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2010 Porsche 911 Targa 4S
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Mercer Island, WA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
March 21, 2013

Great progress versus the OEM Bridgestone Potenza RE 050A tires. Especially in terms of road noise reduction and road holding on wet surface.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Monday, March 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Oldsmar, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2013

I purchased these tires instead of Michelin as the mich are so darn expensive. I was immediately impressed with the feel, grip and response from these v12's. I've never felt more planted in this car. For the most part the porsche is not know for a cushy ride, and I don't expect one with 18's. these babies have held up extremely well and the performance has remained constant with even wear. I would recommend these tires without question and will continue to purchase hankook.