Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2005 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Burbank, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
May 06, 2014

Daily driver and weekend track car. Tire Rack's testing and observations are spot on accurate. The RE-11 gives up a bit of dry cornering for good road manners and quiet performance. The perfect tire for a daily driven car that sees the track a dozen times a year.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2005 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Bellingham, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2014

Have put about 6,000 miles on these tires since late summer in the Pacific Northwest, so lots of rain. These are the absolute best tires I've ever had in the rain. Almost can't tell the difference between wet and dry. This was the reason I bought them, and they pretty much met all my expectations. However, I was hoping they'd be a little better in the snow due to their excellent wet traction. They were about what you'd expect out of 3-season tires, so nothing to write home about.
They also perform extremely well in relatively low temperatures... A number of mornings/nights it was in the 30's and they perform almost as well as in the 40's and 50's. They break away fairly progressively as well, and seem to be wearing very well. These tires also give a surprisingly smooth ride, but I can't comment on noise as my car is too loud to hear anything anyways.
I'd definitely recommend these if you are looking for an excellent 3-season tire for use in varied conditions.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2006 Honda S2000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,500 Miles on Tires
May 01, 2014

Purchased a set of these for my ap2 s2000. Well michigan had the most snowfall record in history this year, and these tires were incredible. I daily drive my s2000, and travel on completely unplowed backroads, city streets, and lots of highway, and didn't have one single issue all winter. I also live on a very steep driveway that can be tricky to drive up when snow covered, but never once had an issue with these tires.

I expected the traction to be good, but my expectations were far exceeded these tires are a must have for heavy snowfall.

I kept them on through March and April as well, as we had light snowfalls throughout those months and the tires preformed very well on dry and wet pavement as well.

The only negative was the noise, they can be a bit loud, but I have owned louder tires, and I would glady compromise some noise for how well they preform.

Greatly recommend these to anyone.

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

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.89
 
 

2001 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Barrie, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
June 27, 2014

I am now on my 3rd set of these tires (AS/2 prior). These are an excellent balance between high performance and all-season. They last 3 times longer than the stock Bridgestone Potenza S-02 tires, with only s marginal difference in high performance dry driving.

Highly recommended for any S2K driver looking for great performance and longer life.

Love is...Autocrossing. And Tire Rack.

Monday, June 16, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

A happy couple, fun with cars and Tire Rack. A perfect marriage in our book.

Angie and Woody Rogers, both Tire Rack employees, placed their first Tire Rack orders back in 1990 before even knowing each other.

Later they met and the rest is (autocross) history.

Woody, who began autocrossing in 1989, convinced Angie to come to an event for their first date. It wasn't long before Angie got behind the wheel and gave it a try herself. The motoring couple continued to compete in local, regional and national level autocross competitions around the country. And many sets of tires later, Angie eventually went on to win two SCCA National Autocross Championships!


Both joined the Tire Rack team on the same day in the summer of 1999. Woody has turned his love of tires and ample time behind the wheel into his role as one of Tire Rack's product information specialists and tire test program coordinator, while Angie has blended her graphic design training and management skills into her current role as print media buyer.

This time of year, you'll find them prepping their 2002 S2000 for yet another season of competition in the SCCA's STR class.


What's Installed? Woody Comments.

Dunlop245/40R17 Dunlop Direzza ZII Tires

"Chosen because it's an all-around performance leader. This tire is well suited to the task, and inspires confidence to push hard and place the car very exactly, both of which are critical to going fast."

TRMotorsports17x9.0 TRMotorsports C3 Light Grey Wheels

"These wheels have the correct fit plus light weight and economical pricing. It costs nearly twice as much to save just two pounds per wheel."

KW KW Clubsport Coil-Over Kit

"We've used KW Coil-Overs before, and they proved to deliver excellent damping control and a wide range of adjustability."

Eibach SpringsFront Anti-Roll Bar

"The Eibach Front Anti-Roll Bar is hollow for reduced weight and the two-way adjustability on the S2000 fitment helps tune handling as needed."

Intercomp 4" Deluxe Air Pressure Gauge

"Big enough to see from the moon, and always spot on accurate."

AquapelGlass Treatment

PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades

"The combination of Aquapel and PIAA Super Silicone wipers makes a great pair to assure visibility during even the heaviest downpour."

Braille Auto Lightweight Racing Battery (Carbon Wrap w/Mount) 6 lbs.

"Saving weight is an important part of this project, and this should shave nearly 40 lbs. from the car while still having plenty of cranking power."

SPCSPC Adjustable Ball Joint

"Installed in the front upper control arms, the SPC ball joints add additional adjustment range to the OEM suspension so we can get sufficient negative camber to optimize tire performance."

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

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2005 Honda S2000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

My car is set up for the track and these tires are used for HPDE and rain conditions. Wet and dry grip is excellent for this tire class/treadwear, and the car is extremely predictable in corners. The S-04's approach the limit quickly but there is a wide margin of slip angle between driving fast and losing grip. Great tire if you need to drive on them to and from the track or autocross. I'll keep these as a rain backup set, but have moved to slicks for primary use since this is a track-only vehicle.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2005 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Gainesville, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2013

Have 215/45/17 Michelin Pilot Super Sports on front of my '05 Honda S2000 and 245/40/17 PSS on the rear with about 3,500 miles on tires since new. Ordinary highway driving yields low noise levels with firm, but not quite punishing, ride in what is a firm riding car.

Tires respond immediately to steering inputs and have very tight "on-center" feel. Wet performance (Florida thunderstorms) is very good and wet and dry braking are among best I've experienced in almost 60 years of driving. Kuhmhos that were on car when I bought it were more comfortable but absolutely not the tire for hard driving in comparison to Michelin PSSs.

Just drove the "Tail OF THE DRAGON" in North Carolina (318 curves in 11 miles!) for 3 days in company of over 100 Honda S2000s during annual meeting of S2000 group S2KI. Very spirited and competitive driving - 20++ MPH over posted speeds in corners posted at 10-20 MPH. PSSs exhibited phenomenal grip on damp surface 1st day and dry the remainder. Early braking for corners followed by strong acceleration produced sensations of rear tires grabbing pavement and powering car out of corner under heavy throttle, closing gap with car ahead. Eyeball-crossing "G" sensations with no howling or indications of being anywhere near limits of this tire at 40 in 20 MPH curves. 50 MPH in 20 MPH curves would produce plenty of warning through slight slip angles with excellent steering control feel and sensations of "hooking up again" part way through corner while applying strong acceleration.

Conclusions: 1)I'll never drive the S2000 as fast as this tire allows, 2) Pilot Super Sports deserve #1 ranking, and, 3) worth the premium price if you drive hard, want a tire with no nasty surprise traits during hard driving, and want better than average tire life (for max performance type tires) nonetheless.

 

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

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.62
 
 

2008 Honda S2000 SCCA STR Class
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Calgary, AB
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2013

Car: Honda S2000
Soft ride, nice tires, there are worse and better tires. Driver side and Passenger side tires can be switched unlike unidirectional tires. Kumho XS gives better dry traction. However, these tires are a standard extreme performance tire. Not bad for the price, you get what you pay for.

Street driving is comfortable, should be matched with a proper suspension setup to yield optimal results. These tires, like the XS, ADVAN AD08 & RE-11 will need a stiffer suspension to better manage the grip. If your not really into supreme handling then sports tires are a far better choice. Longevity is lost for performance gain; increadible performance gain, however, save the performance potential for the track.

Track:
displays good ultimate grip, should be careful will probably outdrive 90% of most drivers, meaning to fully maximize performance from these tires, they are a perfect blend of street and track use..

Might try a different set of tires, Dunlop should really design something that has a more durable centre section for regular driving and softer outer sections for higher grip.

 

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: 7.38
 
 

2000 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Bessemer, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2013

This is an absolutely incredible tire. They were used mostly for autocross, and sometimes to get to work if I forgot to swap them out. When I installed them I went from getting 3rd place in str class to winning 1st almost every event. I was very happy with them and am looking forward to trying out the ZII tires this season.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88
 
 

2005 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2013

I crashed my S2000 in the rain due to bad tires, so I bought these for my repaired S2K because I heard that A) they came on a lot of new super cars, B) Michelin makes tires for space shuttles!, and C) the tires are less expensive than the value I put on my life. I no longer drive extremely fast in the rain, so I can't say for sure here. For warm weather, these tires are amazing. Even when it got to 10 degrees F, these tires were very predictable. Obviously, never attempt to use these on snow or ice... that being said, I was able to maneuver my S2000 around my snowy driveway in December going 1.00 MPH, which is better than my last tires. I compared my S2K with a newer Evo (that had nice tires) around corners in the summer; obviously the Evo was faster because I am not a pro driver and didn't have traction control, but the S2K was still respectable. For winter, I use Blizzaks on all my other cars, and my S2K hibernates in the garage. If you like extremely good tires in only hot weather, I highly recommend this tire!

 

Hankook's Ventus R-S3 Brings Competition Tire Grip to the Street

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Hankook's Ventus R-S3 provides an affordable street tire that best mimics the grip of a racing slick intended for the track. The R-S3 entered a very competitive group of Extreme Performance Summer tires dominated by the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 and the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec, both of which are considered excellent dual purpose tires for performance street and occasional track / autocross use. We had the opportunity to compare the Hankook against both these tires, as well as the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 and Kumho Ecsta XS on our test track. Results were published in the August 2011 issue of Grassroots Motorsports Magazine. During this test, the R-S3 shaved nearly a full second off the Dunlop's lap time and came in quicker than the Bridgestone, too! Our tester remarked: "The tire inspires confidence from the first turn of the steering wheel, making it easy to attack the course's elements."

Our extensive Tire Survey Results put the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 just slightly ahead of the Hankook in cornering stability and hydroplaning resistance. With that said, customers really like this tire and have spoken with high praise for this Hankook and say they would buy this tire again!

"I love this tire. I bought it mostly for autocross use. However, I have driven quite a few highway miles now and have had no problems. I'd say this is one of the best performance tires you can buy, especially for the price. Needless to say, I'll be buying another set when the time comes." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2002 Honda S2000

"I purchased this tire for mainly track use and it did not disappoint. The traction was great when accelerating, cornering and braking. I have just purchased another set for my TT. Excellent value!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 BMW Z4 M Coupe

Do you want to see if the Hankook Ventus RS-3 is available for sports car, sports coupe or performance sedan? Then shop by vehicle!

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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.83
 
 

1988 Toyota MR2
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Titusville, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
January 26, 2013

Got same tires on my 04 Honda S2000, great street tire for new SCCA Solo II Road Tire class.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2008 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Branchburg, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2013

This is my first experience with a snow tire. I quickly learned that even in dry conditions, the three season tires on my s2000 would not safely carry me through the winter. I did my research and got these Generals. I maintained my staggered setup on the smaller 16" AP1 wheels. 205/60/16 in the front, 225/55/16 in the rear. They don't rub.

SNOW: these tires are fantastic. I couldn't have a car more poorly suited for snow and yet I was able to make a 40 mile trip in changing conditions a couple weeks ago with snow accumulations peaking at 2 inches. It was nerve racking for sure and I was constantly poling the tires to determine their grip level but I didn't have even one moment that worried me. Snow tires + VSA + ABS is a powerful combo.

DRY: these tires provide ample cold traction. The rubber blocks that keep snow from accumulating in between your treads work against you in the dry though. The car starts having the most unpleasant vibration around 80MPH and any fast input you feed the steering wheel will be delayed by these rubber blocks shifting under your cars weight. Feels bad. Take your turns slow. Ripples or bumps in the road while cornering are quite unnerving as the blocks continually shift. Additionally, this action in the tread engages my VSA when applying power mid-low-speed-turn and any time VTEC engages in 1st or 2nd gear.

WET: these tires perform quite well in the wet. It's very unpredictable though. The tire evacuates water well enough through puddles but is sensitive to road surface. You might find yourself very surprised on a water covered roadway that happens to be unusually smooth. The tire has frightened me a couple times with this condition. I'll feel confident with the grip level, then suddenly my front end (on the brakes) or rear end (on the power) is drifting around.

BOTTOM LINE: these tires will get you through the winter safely but you might have to drive a good bit more sensibly, especially if your car is of a sporting nature.