Sports Car, Sporty Coupe and Performance Sedan Owners Need to Look at Hankook's Ventus S1 noble2

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

Hankook's newest addition to the Ultra High Performance All-Season category is their Ventus S1 noble2. This tire feeds the all-season sport needs of those with sport coupes and performance sedans looking to combine on-road performance with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Unique to Hankook, their Kontrol Technology, along with other innovations, is designed into the tire to ensure controlled driving experiences. The "K" denotes "kinetic" to reflect the interaction of the tire with the road lies at the heart of driving control. Kontrol Technology provides a range of benefits across four areas that drivers identify as key when choosing quality tires: performance, safety, comfort and environmental impact.

The tire also employs a hybrid silica compound technology that combines wet road traction with lower rolling resistance and longer treadlife. This compound is molded into a sophisticated semi-rib asymmetric tread design that features notched outboard shoulders, intermediate and center ribs to deliver responsive handling and stable cornering in dry conditions.

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the Ventus S1 noble2:

"Ever since I got these tires I have been so glad that I got them. The tires I had before were the O.E. and they were supposedly the best on the market, but I tell you what, Hankook tires are so much better -- they should be the ones put on new cars." - Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2013 Ford Focus 5-Door Titanium

"Just put these tires on a week ago so I haven't tried them on wet or snow-covered roads, yet. As soon as I pulled away from the install shop, I noticed a huge difference in noise and feel. Granted my old tires were just about shot, but these new Hankooks on my 7 Series are AWESOME! The ride feels and sounds so much better than before, it was almost like driving a new car. I never knew a tire could make that much of a difference. Totally satisfied and didn't have to pay a fortune." - Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 BMW 745Li 

To see how the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 performed on our test track, read "Testing Value-Priced Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires."

Your Questions About UTQG Ratings Answered

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by Ben Rooney

What does "UTQG" stand for? Uniform Tire Quality Grade. It consists of a numeric treadwear rating, a letter traction rating and a letter temperature rating.

Should I use these ratings to decide what tire is best? Short answer: No. While they contain some useful information, UTQG ratings are generally not sufficient to judge the actual quality of a tire. This is especially true of the treadwear rating. The treadwear number is determined by the tire manufacturer. Each uses their own scale, and they have a surprising amount of leeway when setting the wear number.

If the treadwear number is lower, does that mean the tire has more grip? Not necessarily. Advances in compounding have allowed manufacturers to increase both treadwear and traction compared to older models. Assuming that a tire with a lower treadwear rating has better traction is like assuming that a car with worse fuel economy has more power. It is sometimes true, but not always the case.

What about the traction rating? The traction rating only determines traction under one specific condition (locked-wheel braking on wet pavement). UTQG traction tests do not evaluate dry braking, dry cornering, wet cornering or high speed hydroplaning resistance.

If I live in a hot climate, should I be looking for an "A" temperature rating? Only if you plan to drive at high speeds. The testing for this rating is designed to evaluate the tires ability to withstand heat buildup caused by high speed operation. It does not accurately assess how well or poorly a tire will fare with regards to high ambient temperature. Tires with an "A" rating can exceed 115 mph in the lab test. Tires with a "B" rating can attain speeds between 100 and 115 mph. And tires with a "C" rating can reach speeds between 85 and 100 mph without failure. These ratings are similar to the speed ratings given to tires, though the methodology isn't identical.

Where can I go for more details about the methodology and ratings involved in UTQG testing? For more details and tables about testing procedure and ratings, read "Uniform Tire Quality Grade (UTQG) Standards."

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2005 Ford Ranger Sup 4wd FX4
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Niles, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
April 15, 2014

Just been through one the most brutal winters Michigan has to offer. Record snow falls as well.These tires kept me on and off the road with no problems. Muddy back roads hunting/fishing or off the beaten trails to an ice fishing lake, they never let me down.
Good solid on/off the road tire. I would recommend for any 4x4. Would definitely purchase again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.56
 
 

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Itasca, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 14, 2014

Chicago had a brutal 2013/14 winter, so these tires hit the full gamut from light to deep snow, packed to fluffy and ice. Compared to the OEM Bridgestone tires, these blew them out of the water. They are a little louder, but not that much. Gas mileage stayed about the same. Compared to other tires for this vehicle, these didn't break the bank and have performed better than expected.
Beware, Firestone dealers will try to get you to do everything under the sun whether your vehicle needs it or not. Just get the tires. If you get the credit card, you have 6 months to pay it off in full. Really good deal.
 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Affinity Touring

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Affinity Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09
 
 

2001 Subaru Forester S
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Brownsburg, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
April 14, 2014

I installed these tires when I bought the car used and have had nothing but positive results. In the winter, these tires perform well in the snow. My AWD Subaru has no issues maintaining traction in all conditions. Driving in the rain is not any different than dry pavement. The previous reviews regarding low traction in snow and rain don't match my experience.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Transforce AT

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Transforce AT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 70,000
Location: Glendale, AZ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 70,000 Miles on Tires
April 14, 2014

I am a transporter and today I am at the Firestone store having another set of Transforce A/T's installed on my truck. In the past 6 months I put 70,000 miles on the tires and they never once let me down with excellent traction in all weather conditions. I pull a 20ft trailer usually loaded with 7,000 lbs on it and they work great - quiet and smooth ride, safe and secure feeling when driving in snow/ice conditions. It is a great relief to not have to worry about rain, snow, ice and sand when driving is my job across the lower 48 states.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2008 Saab 9-5 2.3T SportCombi
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Amesbury, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 15, 2014

I Just replaced a set of Pirelli's with these and am very happy. Quiet ride, sure footed and smooth. Have been in some rain and they performed well. Slight hydroplane, but not bad. I am a sales rep driving 35K a year, so I'm in the car a lot. Tires / wheels are important to me! These are my Summer set up to switch out from Blizzak's in the winter. If these give me decent wear, I will be very happy with them. I would recommend them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.33
 
 

2006 Honda Pilot LX AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: North Huntingdon, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
April 11, 2014

I just purchased these Firestone Destination LE 2 tires because of the reviews that I read on Tire Rack, so far everything is as the reviews defined. I would think that the questions that were answered by me with a N/A would be the same as the reviews. I previously had General tires that were purchased from Tire Rack and I they were just okay.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN S.4.

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN S.4. Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

1993 Lexus LS400
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Miles driven on tires: 21,000
Location: La Crosse, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 21,000 Miles on Tires
April 30, 2010

Ordered for Lexus several years ago and have been happily surprised with minimal wear. Tires still look new. Excellent grip and very comfortable. Gave us the best ride we ever had on our LS 400. Handles very well, good turn in and really responsive. Rotated and balanced normally. At higher speeds we were surprised the tire was silent. Really feels secure dry or wet. Lexus should have put S.4 on car from day one. We will buy tire again if needed, but am thrilled if we ever go to sell car the tires sure look in excellent shape and give a great ride. If you have a heavy luxury vehicle and want a superb tire this is it.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2013 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Vacaville, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2014

Ever since I got these tires I have been so glad that I got them because the tires I had before where the original ones and they were supposedly were the best one on the market but I tell you what Hankook tires are so much better they should be the ones put on new cars.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.56
 
 

2006 Chrysler Town and Country Fwd
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Timonium, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 31, 2014

What a refreshing change from our old tires. I never thought I'd buy Firestones after their problems over the years, but these came recommended and... they're an almost unbelievable combination of very quiet, exceptional responsiveness, high corning limits (okay I don't explore the handling limits too much in a Town and Country, but the van definitely handles better than ever), great wet traction (my wife complained a lot about this van in the rain for 8 years, but not now), snow traction (good, for the first time in the eight years we've had this van. I really couldn't be happier. I sure hope these tires last a long time, because driving on them is a pleasure. One thing I have noticed is that the sipes (the very small grooves in the tread) only go about half way down, so I'm wondering how much the snow and wet traction will diminish as the tires wear.
Incidentally, this van came from the factory with Yokohamas, which wore quickly, were awful in the snow and rain, and were kind of mushy handling. I replaced them with BFGoodrich Traction TAs after a good experience with them in an older tread pattern - they were noisy, had bad wet and snow traction, wore pretty quickly and I had a defective one.
I was determined to get a really good tire on my van - I thought I would buy Michelin Defenders, but I think the Firestones are a superior tire.
And no, I don't work for Firestone.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12

2010 Volvo XC90
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: San José, CR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2014

Don't know why I am not asked in the questionnaire for dirt, sand and stones review when one fifth of our driving on the Volvo XC90 AWD 320 Diesel is on aggressive gravel and light mud roads. The Conti CrossContact LX20 Ecoplus has been a marvel, after going through two sets of original tires. It performs beautiful in the mountain curvy highways leading from San José, Costa Rica to the lowlands, even in wet conditions. In the Guanacaste lowlands the speed is up to 160 kph and the braking and turning ability is marvelous.
Once on the aggressive gravel roads towards Punta Islita the tires behave superb and have not had a flat, an old habit with the original ones.
After 20,000 kms the tires show no wear or tear. Definitely recommend for anyone combining both highway and gravel surfaces.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.18
 
 

2009 Jeep Compass
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Miles driven on tires: 55,000
Location: Becket, MA
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 55,000 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2014

Bought these tyres about 4 years ago and loved every minute. With close to 55000 miles on them and approx another 15000 to go i HIGHLY recommend the H727's. Grip is good across the range and considering they are all season tyres, they are outstanding in snowy conditions! Definitely one of the best performing tyres i have ever owned on ANY vehicle.
Buy 'em, you wont be sorry!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk GTA-03

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk GTA-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.3
 
 

2011 Chevrolet HHR LT
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Miles driven on tires: 64,400
Location: Roanoke, TX
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 64,400 Miles on Tires
March 30, 2014

At 64k, I'm still debating whether to replace the tires !!!(still a decent amount of tread). Just like any stock tire I've owned, the noise level increased as the tires aged. Most of the wet, hydro & snow issues are more due to the "toy" size of my HHR (which I love for roominess & mpg's)

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.40
 
 

2001 Audi TT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 06, 2014

Took off the nitto v2 and went from 235/40/18 to 245/35/18 car is lowered andhas spacers tires are flush looks pretty sick, but the performance so far is definitely improved and on every level it is amazing response is instant like what your thinking just happens with no effort, acually so fast that I found my self early in the turn at first, handles so well it makes me smile, as I pull away from from a 1100 cc racing/street bike who was completely laid out on a tight banked turn to the left that is marked 45mph, looking back for a split second in my mirror fourth gear exiting at 100++pulling out on that rider and having him come up next to me as I'm acknowledging his turn he is nodding and showing me acknowledgement that I was faster than him in and out of the tturn that I regularly hit at about 10mph slower with the feel of maxing out the nitto's, my new ssports could have handled more easly ! Tires are the most important component in a complete suspension after market or stock Its worth the extra $$ for the best and I truly believe these michelin tires are the best I've ever run from bfg to perrelli and just about any other tire you can think of I've tried in the last 25 yrs overall already a ten will update after summer. Thanks tire rack......

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.89
 
 

2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Miller Place, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2014

I'm very pleased with my purchase, both the tires and TireRack service. I really haven't put the tires through the ringer yet, but I can tell you the following.

The ride is comfortable.
Dry traction on on turns are great, keep on pushing but haven't found the limit yet.
Straight acceleration the tires let go, but that could be the suspension, I'm putting in coilovers now so I can do some tuning.

I'm going to be making some trips between NY and FL so I will be able to tell you more about highway driving.

Can't comment on wear, but the tires still look brand new.

All in all, great tires, great company, as long as TireRack is around they will be my single source of road rubber.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus AS RH07

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus AS RH07 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2007 Mazda CX-9
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Miles driven on tires: 63,000
Location: Redlands, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 63,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2014

Best tires I ever owned. I check the inflation on my tires every week, rotate them at every oil change and have my alignment checked once a year. I could easily get another 3,000 miles out of them if I wanted, but the tread is down to the wear bars. My only problem is nobody carries them so I have to special order. Worth the wait. The stock Goodyear tires only last 28,000 miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda5
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Alameda, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2014

Living in Germany where snow tires are required during the winter months. I am running Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S tires the rest of the year. I can compare them to each other. The Michelin tires are by far the best tires I have ever put on any of my cars for warm or wet driving. But when it is cold (40 degrees or lower) or icy, the Conti's are mind-blowing. I am 45 years old and grew up driving in snow and ice covered steep, curvy mountain roads. The Conti winter tires brake and handle astonishingly well on snow and ice. They are superior to the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S in very cold temps on both wet and dry. They have two weak spots. First, when pushed hard in sustained turns, they fall off suddenly and dramatically, which is forgivable for winter tires that perform so well as intended. Second, at high speed in a strait line the car is very unsettled. It just won't track straight. My my oldest son eventually gets queazy.
This comes on at about 60mph and gets worse all the way to 'can't go any faster" mph. The Autobahn is smooth as freshly Zambonied ice and yet the exhausting high frequency instability is ever present. (tried rotating tires, no effect)
Bottom line:
Astonishingly good winter traction in cold dry, cold wet, snow covered and ice covered roads. If you travel at high speeds for long periods of time, maybe look at another tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

1995 Subaru Impreza L Sedan 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 3,200
Location: Exton, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,200 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2014

Purchased four of these tires for an old 1995 Subaru Impreza L AWD daily driver. My main concerns for new tires was superior snow/ice handling, acceptable/above average wet handling, and above average dry traction with a great tread-life while keeping prices low. After I did extensive research and comparison charts I purchased the Firestone Precision Touring tires right as winter was in full force.

*In the snow/ice, the tires handle extremely well. I was driving around plow trucks with ease and mated with the AWD, was truly unstoppable this winter. Once the snow hit a few inches, the tires still gripped and when they did give way to sliding, were extremely predictable, allowing me to counter-steer with ease.
*Wet handling is acceptable, though not the greatest, but is not a reason to dismiss the tire, as it is still very predictable in those hazards.
*Dry traction and responsiveness are perfect with the only downside to cornering stability, which I believe is the weakest point of the tires. It can feel as if the tire would give way or takes a second to find the road when cornering. Despite this harsh review; it is actually on par with other tires for dry cornering in this price range.
*As to tread-wear, I cannot speak as to the performance of the category since I have not had the tires long enough.
*The comfort level is great. The tires take harsh bumps without any real complaints; in fact, I believe that I could have potentially bent a rim in lieu of popping a tire, of course due to the enormous potholes that plagued PA and DE (the Northeast Snow Belt area) this winter.
*Price - $77.00 a tire, which didn't break the bank for an old car but was well worth it.

Overall, I was looking for some affordable tires that would give me the best points of all-season tires, with increased winter time performance. The Firestone's came through and I will definitely purchase again, pending the outcome of the tread-wear. I would highly recommend them.

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

Friday, April 18, 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: 8.45
 
 

2011 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Benton, AR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2014

These Michelins replaced the Pirelli P Zero Nero all seasons that originally came on my GTI and they have exceeded all my expectations. I cannot recommend them enough! I was dead set on summer tires at first, but someone told me to check these out and a month of research later I bought the Michelins.

I started autocross this year and I'm topping the GS class after 2 events with these tires against guys with more experience - some with max performance summer tires! They still can't believe a 500 rated tire can be that sticky.

Ride and noise: The Pirellis were pretty good but the A/S3s are noticeably better.
Dry traction: Way, way more grip than the Pirellis. Just as fast on the track as similar cars with 200 treadwear rated tires.
Wet traction: As good as the Pirellis were IN THE DRY.
Cold temps: No noticeable drop-off in grip compared to warmer temps.
Snow and Ice: I'd call them manageable. In light to medium snow, they were fine. On ice, I can't recommend them. I just barely made it up a ramp to an interstate overpass to get home after a couple hours of freezing rain.

Other than snow and ice traction, the only other negative comment I have is I think the sidewall could be a little stiffer. Even with 45 psi, the front tires were wearing past the shoulder indicator on the track.

If snow and ice traction is a priority for you, choose another tire. If you don't see a lot of snow and just want an excellent all-around year-around tire, look no further.