For sports car owners in a large portion of the country, it's time to purchase winter / snow tires. Dedicated snow tires are obviously the optimum choice for the months we experience cold, icy and snowy weather. However, what if you reside on the borders of the Snowbelt? Then you may want to consider an Ultra High Performance All-Season tire. Exact differences will vary between tires, but compared to Ultra High Performance Summer tires, most Ultra High Performance All-Season tires will trade off some wet and dry grip and steering response to provide basic light snow traction.
There's a new option in the category that's worth a look, Goodyear's Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season. Compared to the other Ultra High Performance All-Season tires I've tested, this tire does a great job in combining all-season capability with good steering response. I really felt a difference when I drove through the five-cone slalom at the south end of our test track. From my standpoint, this tire allowed us to retain a fair amount of our F30 test cars' handling. It'll provide versatility on a fall day that starts out nice and sunny, but has the potential to worsen.
During our test of the tire this summer, we liked the tire's crisp steering feel and ultimate traction. When it came to improvements, we thought the ride could have been a little softer. All in all, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season is a very sporty Ultra High Performance All-Season tire. Complete test results won't be completed until next year when we get the chance to test the tire in winter conditions.
What we do know is that the previous Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season needed a modest improvement in snow traction to push the tire to the front of the category in winter conditions and replace the leading Continental ExtremeContact DWS, which sets the standard in light snow and ice traction. Be sure to check back to see if its replacement, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season, becomes the new leader.