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

Staggered Tires: Why or Why Not

I had a question from a customer that surprised me the other day. After doing this for as many years as I have, I tend to think that I've heard it all. We were talking about an older BMW, and he asked me if the original tire sizes were staggered. I replied that they were not. His follow-up question was, "Well, why not? It's not like the car is all-wheel...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

My 911 is a daily driver; dry, wet or snow it gets driven (Porsche's do actually come with outdoor paint, it's okay to drive them when the sun isn't shining..hehe) I used to always run Summer wheels and super sticky Summer tires and then switch over to a winter wheel with snow specific tires come winter, that is until the winter of 2013 when I figured I'd...  Read More

Tires and Wheels for Your 2012+ Porsche 911 Carrera S (991 C2S)

There may not be a substitute for a Porsche, but if you're taking your new 911 to track, there's definitely stickier tires that will help you achieve faster lap times. Streetable Track & Competition tires, like the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, let 911 drivers run great times at the track without the hassle of switching tires or towing. The Michelin Pilot...  Read More

Are Sport Edition Wheels Good?

Yes! They may not equal the high style and lightweight of the more expensive wheel lines like BBS, O.Z. Racing and Enkei Racing Series, but for many drivers, the Sport Edition wheels are a great lower cost option. Sport Edition offers aluminum alloy wheels that have durable painted with clearcoat finishes offered in a variety of colors and styles.   One...  Read More

Make Winter Driving Easy for Your 2015 Porsche Macan

Many purists called foul when Porsche introduced its first SUV, the 2003 Cayenne S. Ultimately, the Cayenne brought new drivers to the market. Have you always liked the Cayenne but wished it was smaller? Say hello to the 2015 Porsche Macan S and Macan Turbo. The 2015 Porsche Macan has it all with speed, handling and utility - but how does it perform in the...  Read More

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

Only had just over 30k miles on the OEM Contis, but since they were 8 years old, got a new set of AS3s based upon press reviews and early consumer reviews. Very pleased, the Jag is ultra quiet, and remains so with this tire. I like the response, the aluminum body is stiff, and occasionally do some spirited driving when the road is clear, etc, and this tire...  Read More

Winter 2014/2015: Detailed Updates for E9X M3

If you are looking for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for your M3 this year, take a look at the latest information on what is available this year: Sport Edition A7 wheels are available in both black and silver. It's still the go-to wheel for a practical winter package. They are a direct fit with no spacer. They will even use the original bolts and can...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

I use this set of tires for both driving to work and track days at Miller Motorsports Track (HPDE). This is an excellent set of tires. I have tried the Toyo Proxes but these are much better for overall traction and for tread life. I burn up two sets of rears to one set of fronts. I have seen a lot of other Porsche owners switch to these tires. These are not...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Well, I read a lot of reviews and finally settled on this Bridgestone Pole position SO-4 for my 2003 Boxster S - Before these I had some real cheapo tires that came on the car - i did not trust them but as it turns out they actually were better than these new SO-4'sMy main complaint with the SO-4's is that at times they feel a bit loose or it seems like they...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

What an amazing tire! Put a set (265 rear, 225 front) on newly bought used Porsche 911 cabriolet. Only 4000 mi so far but great performance. Amazing stability on wet roads (I mean Florida downpour wet).Found myself at 70+ mph with no hydroplane feeling. Wouldn't recommend it though for general safety. This is my 3rd 911. Have had them all. Yokohama, Parelli,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Believe it or not I drive my 911 year round. The factory Dunlop tires performed well in the dry, decently in the rain, but wear very quickly and were quite noisy. I had the Michelins installed on an aftermarket set of forged wheels lighter than stock. Right away the noise level was drastically reduced. Also, I could get the Dunlop tires to break away if I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08

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...  Read More

Which Hankook R-S3 Should You Get for Your Porsche 911 Turbo (997)?

When it comes to forgetting your worries, some meditate, some play racquetball and some drive all out on a closed race course.  Part of the reason that Kenny (from the video above) is having so much fun is that he's not worried about his tires. He knows Tire Rack has him covered! When it comes to choosing the right tire for your Porsche 911 Turbo (997), which...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I run a dedicated winter tire on this car, so deep snow rating is not applicable. These tires replaced a set of Bridgestone Potenzas, And I was impressed enough with the performance to install a set on my 1985 Porsche 944. They will also be the next set of tires on my 2009 Lexus RX350. Tread wear has been FANTASTIC. After 15,000 miles D W ans S wear...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-02 A

Replaced original rear tires with same tires from Bridgestone. Only drive on dry days, never in snow and rarely in the rain. Solid tires, responsive, minimal traction loss. Does wear as expected. Thought of trying a different set, but was recommended by my porsche mechanic to stick to the originals. No regrets. As always, hassle free shopping and delivery...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

I purchased this tire based upon test results. Tire Rack has always provided great tests, no other tire store that I know of provides this service. They really liked this tire because it gripped like a Summer tire, but was an all-season tire. Well, the grip is really good. But the tire has two big faults.1. Tire squeal! This tire squeals loudly way before it...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z III

I purchased these tires for a road trip, 500 miles one way, and I'm very pleased with them so far. I haven't had a chance to drive in the rain yet but, the dry traction and level of road noise is very good. I've gone thru 3 sets of PS2 and 2 sets of Michelin AS. I don't drive it like I'm on the track but I do have fun on the occasional off ramp. These tires...  Read More