New Tires for Your NSX

Friday, October 28, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Supercars are great but supercars that you can drive every day are even more special. A shortlist of everyday supercars would consist of the Acura NSX, the C5, C6 Z06 and the 911 GT3. All great cars, but the NSX is more of a rare bird since the Z06 and GT3 share styling cues with their stablemates. The NSX's wheel sizes are relatively small compared to current supercar sizes, therefore it can be a bit of a challenge to find tires that are NSX worthy. Here's a guide on some of the available options.

1991-1993 Acura NSX O.E. Sizing

The O.E. Yokohama ADVAN A022 used on the 91-93 NSX was discontinued in 2007. Fortunately, when the time comes for your Acura tires to be replaced, there are four great Extreme Performance Summer options available in the 205/50-15 (front) and 225/50-16 (rear) sizes.

Yokohama Advan Neova AD08
Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec
Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec
Kumho Ecsta XS
Kumho Ecsta
XS

All of these extreme performance tires offer great dry grip, however I personally prefer the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 for its remarkable handling predictability. While every tire will lose its grip if you drive fast enough, the AD08 won't surprise. A set of these Yokohama performance tires will provide plenty of feedback so you always know where you are with the car. During testing, the performance tires review showed the tire had laser-sharp steering response and a balance of wet and dry traction. Also, while we were taking the time to compare performance tires we noticed the ADVAN Neova AD08 had the most consistent range of times compared to the other tires.

The RE-11 is the most refined tire of the four. It has a good ride comfort and relatively low tread noise, along with great grip and overall handling. A set of these Bridgestone performance tires will improve your vehicle's steering response, as indicated by the 9.3 rating in our Tire Survey Results. And customers enjoy a set of Bridgestone Potenza tires, as the RE-11 is currently the top-rated tire in the Extreme Performance Summer category.

The Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec is a great value choice. If you're looking for Dunlop tire dealers who can help you find good performance while saving some extra money, take a look at our inventory of Dunlop sport tires. 

The Kumho Ecsta XS offers the best dry cornering grip but lacks the wet traction of the other tires. Also, the tire did not perform as well as the the other three options in ride comfort, noise comfort and overall road rating.

And, the Yokohama and Dunlop tire are both great options for the 2002-2003 NSX, with the Yokohama being my preference for this vehicle. Find your preference and the tire that is best for your vehicle when you shop by vehicle.

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