Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88

2008 Honda S2000 CR
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Miles driven on tires: 600
Location: seattle, wa
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 600 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2012

I bought this tire for my Honda S2000 CR as my everyday tire and had intended to just use it as such. It is a good ride that isn't to noisy and not to stiff with great wet grip. It should be noted that last week when my R compound track tires didn't show up in time I was forced to take these street tires out for a lapping day at the track. I was very apprehensive to take them out to the track using Carbotech brake pads due to the brake pads being so aggresive. However I was completley wrong!! These tires blew me away for a street tire in the dry (although I did find their limits)I also have a feeling that if I ever have a rain track day I will just use these. This is the first tire I have ever driven that really can do everything fairly well. Plus if you don't track the tire it comes with a 30,000 mile warranty!! For an every day tire that gives you great grip in just about any condition besides snow I would highly recomend this tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus AS RH07

Monday, August 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus AS RH07Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.75

2005 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Wellington, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
July 30, 2012

Tires performed much better in terms of longevity and cornering stability than the OEM Michelin PAX tires. Note that the replacement wheels are larger than OEM (Acura MDX Sport 18" wheels) which might be why cornering performance improved. Also, note that I drive pretty hard - I tend to drive the van similarly to my other car, an S2000.

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

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5

2000 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Calgary, AB
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
July 26, 2012

Never drove the tires on wet weather except the very day the tires were completely bald, any bald tire has poor hydroplaning resistance.

Tire yields instant grip levels, performance is approximately 90% of the Kumho XS tire (dry grip only) 255 width makes plenty of noise, not because of the tire, rather the seating position of the driver relative to the tire (Honda s2000) the tire noise is very noticeable when near the end, again it is the sitting position that makes the sound appear noisy. The tire wear is realized from the suspension tuning problem (toe-in) not the actual tire itself.

Tires do breakaway pretty well, but it depends on the suspension tuning of the vehicle. In an ideal suspension setup (fairly aggressive with camber, roll centre adjustment, sway bars, higher spring rates etc.) the tire can act different; bad or good. In this case, the tire is amazingly excellent for an experienced driver. The tire breakaway characteristic is slightly more forgiving than the Kumho XS. Full suspension crush was realized with the tire grip the Z1ss (457lb/in spring rate) Meaning if a driver is to properly use the tire to the full potential, I would highly recommend higher spring rates or sway bars.

Able to blast through slalom course at 75mph with these tire, with kumho you can achieve 77mph. I wish Dunlop makes a unidirectional tire that has a variable UTQG rating across its tread. Will I buy these again, maybe. I would be interesting if Dunlop made a Z1 Star Spec 2 tire with AA traction.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75

2007 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2011

As long as one doesn't have an excessive amount of horsepower, the RE-11's from Bridgestone are a perfect match for the car.. And you also cannot drive this kind of vehicle on ice, or snow. Exceptionally dangerous with ANY Manufacturer's tires.

*** I now have a C6-Corvette that's going to need tires soon.. You should convince your contacts at Michelin to MAKE those new Pilot Super Sports in 245/40ZR-18 & 285/35ZR19. Because right now they don't have any intentions of making them available in their latest series.. And there are many C6 Corvettes that could fill the demand in those sizes.

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

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.75

2001 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: SAN DIEGO, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
July 18, 2012

Grippy tire, not too expensive, pretty much shot after 20,000 miles on the rear of my S2000 though. Great service from Jim @ Tire Rack. Not many tires available at the size I need and this seems to be the best of the bunch unless you want to for the real expensive brands like Brifgestone or Michelin and I'm not sure they make the size any more

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2002 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Montclair, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2012

Great tire for a great price. There are not many max category tires in 16" This one is a winner. It is not as stiff as the stock S02, but I drive this car on long highway commutes, so it fits what I am looking for to a "T". The rebate just sweetens the deal and I purchased these over the Conti DW. Sidewalls are soft so I use 34-36 psi all around.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2002 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Montclair, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2012

I first review this car when first put on car, now 30,000 miles later. I still like them. If you know its faults (snow and ice traction) it is a great affordable performance tire. I use snow tires. I have along highway commute and these tires work great. They are long lasting with a decent amount of traction. Very, very good in rain, and on cold dry or slightly wet roads.

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

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2005 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: OCEANSIDE, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 23, 2012

Primarily Autocross. Great tire, not temperature sensitve, and OK in wet. It is good for about 100 60 sec runs, and then falls off gradually, even though there is still plenty of rubber. Ihave used 4 sets of these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Monday, June 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 7

2006 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Nacogdoches, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
June 23, 2012

Spirited driving. This is why I picked this description. My car has V.S.A. (Vehicle Stability Assist). Basically you can push your car tires over the edge and maintain control of the vehicle. I've got 225's on the front and 255's on the rear. That's 10mm wider front and rear than stock. Every now and again around 1:00 at night when no ones on the rode I like to take this high speed turn at a 4-way intersection. I've use 3 lanes of the 5 available when exiting the intersection. This is where the tires fail my expectations. All four of the tires give way in this turn all at the same time. The expectations I had from my previous tires is why i'm so upset. On the rear I had some KDW 2's my BFGoodrich which I wouldn't recommend and on the front I don't remember but they did have about 40,000+ miles I put them through. This taught me one good lesson. Never sacrifice traction for a quite, softer ride, hydroplaning resistance, and treadwear rating.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.4

2003 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 4,800
Location: Sequoia National Park, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,800 Miles on Tires
June 03, 2012

I have the pleasure of driving these tires to work each summer weekday (dry & warm asphalt) up one of the twistiest roads in the west (30 miles of 30-50 MPH back-to-back hairpins, no traffic). Weekends allow more spirited speeds on various trans-Sierra highways.

In all endeavors, these 08s are effortless, noiseless, and predictable past cornering traction limits (slow & easy break, gentile recovery). Truely point & shoot!

The 08s took 800 miles to break-in (felt greasy at first), and rears only last my driving style 5,000 miles till bald (fronts last three rears). Wear is even across the tread, with no cupping. Tires balance inside/outside with minimum weights.

Of all the X-Treme Perf brands I have purchased from Tire Rack, these 08s allow my go-cart to perform better than Honda or Newton ever imagined ;)

Is the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position the Right Max Performance Summer Tire for You?

Thursday, June 7, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole PositionAs the flagship offering from Bridgestone, the Potenza S-04 Pole Position is a Max Performance Summer tire for drivers that demand the pinnacle of traction and responsiveness. Replacing the RE050A Pole Position, this new offering delivers more wet and dry traction.

Carrying forward with an asymmetric tread pattern, the inside of the tire is tuned for wet traction, while the outside focuses on dry traction. The outside tread pattern features high grip shoulder blocks that provide maximum contact with the surface for stability in corners. For wet performance, wide circumferential grooves and high angle grooves quickly and efficiently evacuate water. Using high levels of silica offers a flexible tread compound for additional wet grip.

Overall, it provides balanced and smooth traction, which makes them very predictable and easy to drive right up to the traction limit.

Currently positioned solidly in the number two position in our Tire Survey Results, take a look at what owners of this Max Performance Summer tire are saying:

"Completely changed the handling of the car for the better." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Pontiac G8 GT

"Right off the bat, I immediately noticed the tire had a ton of dry grip, and its amazingly quiet." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Honda S2000 SCCA STR Class

We also tested the tire, and again it took second place honors. While the performance is nothing short of excellent, we thought the tire could use a little more ultimate grip. Bridgestone seems to have targeted more of a balance between performance and ride characteristics. For a complete recap of our test, check out "Clash of the Titans: Testing Two New Max Performance Summer Heavy Hitters."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx TT

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx TTReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14

2006 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Campbell, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 19, 2012

My AP2 mostly gets driven on HPDE track events and to office (3.5miles each way). It is no where close to the performance of the DOT race tires I have used on this car such as RS3, R888 or RA1s. However, it is way more comfortable, much much quieter.

With the slightly less of maximum traction compare to a DOT race tire, I don't feel there is less steering sensitivity. The turn-in in fact feels almost as sharp as the R888 and break-loose characteristic is very smooth. Transition is very linear and easy recovery. I like it very much.

Spirited driving at 9/10th on the mountain feels very close to R888 with a bit more initial slippage (thus VSA off for max potential for this reason). But once catch grip, cornering stability is almost equivalent or better than RS3s.
It seems to like lower tire pressure better vs. the Toyos which respond well with higher pressure. Once the tire rolls to the edge, it stabilizes and grips very well.

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

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2000 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Falls Church, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
May 18, 2012

These tires have incredible traction on dry pavement if temperatures are above freezing. I had just put the tires on and on my way home thought about testing out the traction prowess. The light I was coming to just turned yellow, normally I would stop but this one time I decided to take the light. I made sure that no one else was around, in case something went wrong. I down shifted from fifth to third, maintained throttle and went with it. To my amazement the tires held traction without a hint of over steer and I made the light.

The car is now almost euphoric now. It is such a pleasure to drive especially now that I know that I don't have to let off the throttle when going into turns. Don't get wrong on this part. If you over throttle the car will still oversteer but instead of having to let off the throttle and brake going into a turn I can now just down shift and hold throttle through a turn.

Wear on these tires are not that great though. I'ce put approzimately 10k on them in only a years time and the rears need to be replaced due to wear. I haven't done any burnouts nor have I ever tracked the car. I do take turns rather quickly as I don't slow down.

If you plan to Daily drive with these tires, just know that they will be requiring replacement as often as once a year if not sooner depending on how you drive. I purchased into these tires know this and don't regret it one bit. I would much rather enjoy my car to it's fullest extent then let it idle by like any other daily commuter.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Thursday, May 17, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2002 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
May 10, 2012

What a great tire! Great traction wet dry! Good stiff sidewall for ride and steering! Wow is this tire wide, so much more then the stock bridgestone tires. The tire did great in the rain at 70mph. Great tires for grip around the turns! So far the tire is low on noise at any speed! Great tire for ride comfort a little stiff but smooth for the S2000 Honda! Much better then the all season tires that came on the car way better!

 

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

Monday, April 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4

2000 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Calgery, AB
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 24, 2012

New Direzzas at the front seem to last forever; they still have very deep treads at the front; like new; literally. However at the rear, tires were scrubbing and lasted to an expected 8000km, due to major toe-in suspension condition at the rear; not the fault of the tire.

Z1SS felt less traction than XS due to the fact with XS, the suspension had -2.5 camber, much more aggressive. The tires are a major contributor to making handling better, suspension tuning brings out the tires full potential in handling. I suspect the Z1SS may handle better with an agressive setup (same setup as previosly mounted for Kumho XS) Handling felt more like sub R-comp with slightly lower psi and was a little more forgiving yet still sharp. At higher psi, and purpose tuned suspension the handling is quite sharp, very sharp. Rear tires have 10% tread left, zero tire squirm (due to previous excessive toe-in; front tires have 95% left. Highly recommended to tune suspension & driver to match.

They will give you excellent try traction, yielding different driving lines at the track and they stick so well at optimal temperatures that it really is difficult to find the limit of traction; These tires will give sub r-compound like traction for competative, HDPE and standard road application use. I would highly recommend any driver try Z1SS before using R-comp. These tires are the BEST choice for a road use, HPDE, light competition, and daily commute; at a reasonable price too. This product has an excellent position on the market.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Monday, April 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2007 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Irvine, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 24, 2012

I bought these tires for a 2007 Honda S2000 as a replacement for the stock Bridgestone Potenza RE-050 non Run-flat. These had worn down to wear indicators by 45K miles and the road noise was now being fully transferred through the chassis and into the cabin where it had become unbearably loud.

I was looking for a bit more width and I happened upon these. The stock rubber had a tread width around 9” and these 255s reigned in at 10.2” with minimal tire bulge (if any). Ding!Ding!

During the break in period I observed posted speed limits and kept my speeds around corners >/= 20 MPH over, which is not even working this car’s suspension. I felt as thought the sidewall was flexing in an exaggerated manner; the rear of the car felt like it was wiggling upon any sort of steering input and it felt very unsettling around corners. I felt as thought I made a huge error.

Then right around 300 miles, the tires must have settled in – all of these conditions are gone and the car has never felt more stable, responsive, or planted. I will continue buying these tires for the rear of the car, provided they wear decently. Now the fronts…

While I was tempted to take advantage of this series of tires’ wide contact patch/squared shoulders for the front, I am thinking I need to stick with 215s instead of bumping it up to 225s. Stock Re-050s are only about 6.6” in width, probably contributing greatly to the car’s uber-responsive turn-in. These G-force 2’s have almost 8.5” of tread width on the 215s – that’s crazy wide. These ain’t no pizza cutters! The last thing I want to do is numb this car’s steering or add too much in the way of unsprung mass.

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25

2006 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 16,000
Location: Setauet, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 16,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2012

These have actually lasted me a decent amount of time, including a trip to the dragon. They did lose grip over time, they don't have good grip if the ground is cold or rainy, then they are rather useless with a turbocharged s2000, but the have held up. These held up better then the Falken AZENIS RT-615, which didn't finish the trip to the dragon (about 500 miles of the dragon itself), but the RT-615s did have better grip in my opinion.

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12

2006 Honda S2000 SCCA STR Class
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: San Jose, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2012

Right off the bat, I immediately noticed the tire has a ton of dry grip, and its amazingly quiet. Switching from the RE760 right before the S04, the wet traction is a big step of improvement. The tire response is darty, and cornering ability has been very good and very stable.
After wearing off the outer case the grip is even more impressive. I have to say this is the first tire that I ever used with this many balanced benefits while keeping such a high tread-wear rating.

A few things I have observed so far. The "sweet spot" tire pressure is sensitive. I have to tweak it a few times to get to where I really liked, and more or less than that 3 psi range will not let you take advantage of its full potential.

The other thing I wish it was different for the S04 PP was I was hoping symmetrical patterns. So I can rotate the tires inside out when toe/camber wear becomes noticeable. I later discovered the inner tire compound are designed to last longer than the grippier outer blocks. If your car/alignment setting does not have aggressive toe setting or the 1000 mile extra life is not a concern to you, then the S04PP is a great choice.

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

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25

2006 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
March 04, 2012

So far, loving this tire! This is the first Max Performance tire I have ran in a many years. I have always used Extreme tires like the RE11, AD08, XS, and Star Spec. Believe it or not(on the street), this tire feels a lot like them. Steering response is fantastic, and I love how stiff the sidewalls are. They seem to have about as stiff as a sidewall as my previous Advan AD08s, minus all the tire noise. Very smooth tire, and barely any tire noise. My first choice was going to be the Michelin PSS, but they do not offer a 255/40/17, so I went with the S04s. So far, very happy, and I'm sure they will continue to impress.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact SSR

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact SSRReviewer's Overall Rating: 4.82

2008 Mini Cooper
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Miles driven on tires: 29,000
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 29,000 Miles on Tires
March 06, 2012

Two sets of this same tire in 59,000 miles over 50 months, and both sets had similar results.Ratings are averages for full life of use. When newer --first 10k-- they performed much better in all conditions including wet. But as they wore out they became progressively slicker and apt to hydroplaning in any wet conditions. Tried many different pressure settings, and kept good maintenance of them including frequent rotation. Very disappointed in how they behaved in last half of their life.
Don't even think of using them in any snow, especially after first 5-10k! Horrid traction in even light snow. I could put up with some diminishing of grip and handling if they were astounding when new, but that is not the case.
They did have "decent" handling response and predictable action in most driving conditions (and that includes white knuckles in rain) when newer, but consistently have a very hard/harsh feel, even with setting lower pressure. Not sure if this is due to run flats or the suspension setup on the MINI, or both. Won't get these again. Probably should have researched these more when I replaced first set, too. Unfortunately not a lot of choices for all season run flats for this wheel size... might try the Yokohama AVID ENVigor ZPS, though no test results yet... (Or maybe just get summer tires and dedicated winter treads and wheels like I do for my other two cars - RX-8 & S2000.)