Best Tires for Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

The new Scion FR-S and its twin the Subaru BRZ have made a big splash in the rear-wheel drive coupe market. These vehicles offer fun at an affordable price to go along with modern styling. Both of these vehicles come equipped with the Grand Touring Summer Michelin Primacy HP. While this tire does great during the warm summer months, it's not designed to handle near-freezing temperatures, icy conditions and snow-covered roads. Coupled with the fact that it's on a rear-wheel drive car, these vehicles aren't going anywhere in winter conditions without a little help.

Fortunately, they come with a very common and popular tire size, the sporty 215/45R17. My favorite Ultra High Performance All-Season tire in this size is the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position. This tire offers great handling, a comfortable ride, all-season traction and a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty. Another tire I like in this performance category is Kumho's Ecsta 4X. This tire provides good handling, traction and a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty all at a valued price.

Since these vehicles come equipped with a dedicated summer tire, it's worth considering a dedicated winter tire to get the best of both worlds. If you experience bad weather during the winter months, take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70. In fact, this is the same tire I use on my own RWD sedan. The tire provides traction on winter's slushy, snow-covered and icy roads, all while delivering wintertime traction and control that inspires driver confidence.

Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS
Pole Position
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak

Combining the Blizzak WS70 with one of our affordable wheel options, including steel wheels, creates a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package that'll let you conquer winter's harshest conditions. It'll also allow you to conveniently change the tires yourself, eliminating having to go to a local shop every spring and fall to have them changed out. To ensure your new tires and wheels are installed properly, read "How to Install Your Tire & Wheel Package."


Thursday, October 11, 2012 by ScoobySouth

What kind of driving are you considering for these tires??
there is only about 5 choices bar-none
Dunlap Dirrezza Starspec
Hankook RS3
Dunlap Dirrezza Starspec2
Kumho XS
Advan AD07/08
Conti extemecontact
all are in the Extreme Summer performance category
and maybe a couple of others... The ones you mention are all-seasons pretty much.. unless your not about the performance of this vehicle, WHY????
Thursday, October 11, 2012 by Steve

The tires you mentioned are great, but the purpose of this post was to inform owners of this vehicle, those who may live in a wintery climate, that will need to consider an all season or winter tire, if they plan on driving this car in those elements.
Saturday, June 29, 2013 by Dave

I'm contemplating a Subaru BRZ and am considering tire options for all season highway driving as a daily commuter. I've been very pleased with the Continental DWS tires on my Mazda. They seem to offer a performance feel while smoothing and quieting the ride. For all season driving with only light snow, what would you think of this choice?
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by Steve

What are your recommendations for the FR-S in a climate such as Texas? Hot as hell in the summer, but also down to about 20 F in the winter every so often. The winter temp in Austin hovers about 40 with freezes overnight. Do you recommend the summer tire or should I stick to all-weather?
Friday, September 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Given your climate and sporty vehicle I would be inclined to recommend a summer performance tire. As with all summer tires, however, you would need to be mindful of their diminished traction level as temperatures fall and the tire compound hardens. In the extremely rare case you would see snow, the car would need to stay parked.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 by Dave G

I saw this article after I'd already purchased the Blizzaks. They are the most amazing snow tires made. I passed SUVs on the highway all the time when it snowed.

On the first snow day we had, it only had about 1/4 an inch of snow on the ground, and the car wasn't drivable. I put it in reverse, and went nowhere. I put the car in Neutral and got out fo the car and the back wheels were still spinning. That day I ordered the Blizzaks.

I also bought a set of staggered wheels and a set of Dunlop Direzza's to replace the Michellins for Summer use.

I found this article while searching for DWS tires (dry/wet/snow) which someone told me handled well in the snow for RWD.. I only entertained the idea of replacing the Blizzaks because we had a really light winter and I missed driving the car the way it was meant to be driven on non-snow days. For snow days though, Blizzaks all the way.

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