Tire Rack's Best Max Performance Summer Tires

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Steve Huffman

Are you looking for the ultimate performance street tire? Do you need to get as much grip as you can to handle all the horsepower and torque your vehicle puts out? Are you the driver that'll take nothing but the best for your sports car? Here at Tire Rack we know what serious drivers demand out of their tires and know what they want - and that includes Max Performance Summer tires.

These technologically advanced low profile, high speed tires combine computer developed designs and unique materials with precision manufacturing techniques to provide an unsurpassed blend of dry and wet traction and handling. Currently, two tires stand out in the category and are ranked first and second in our Tire Survey Results.

The tire at the top of the list is the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. No tire offers as good a combination of wet and dry traction as this one. Initially introduced as Original Equipment on several of the world's most sophisticated performance vehicles, including the exclusive Ferrari 599 GTO, Ferrari's fastest road car ever, this tire delivers durability, handling and traction while increasing tread life. Pilot Super Sport tires are what you would expect from Michelin, and is designed to allow sports cars, sporty coupes, performance sedans and supercars to achieve their full potential in dry and wet conditions.

Bridgestone's Potenza S-04 Pole Position is ranked behind the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, but is a great alternative and is often available more often than the Michelin and is usually at a lower price point. The tire provides drivers of ultra high performance sports cars, coupes and sedans the rush of driving their vehicle. Designed to perform in warm, wet and dry conditions, Potenza S-04 Pole Position tires aren't intended to be driven in near freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position


We tested these two tires this summer and both performed very well. Read "Testing Max Performance Summer Tires" to see how each option can improve your driving!

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