Longest-Wearing Z-Rated Performance Tires

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Gary Stanley

What can drivers of sports cars and high performance vehicles with low profile, Z-rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tires do if they want to have longer wearing tires? In the past, the best a driver could hope for, in regards to treadwear, was an option that lasted approximately 20,000 miles. This was the case for so long that it has become a common misconception that all low profile tires or tires with a high speed rating have rapid treadwear. On the contrary, there are options available with long treadwear ratings. Three of the best to consider are the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 and Continental ExtremeContact DWS.  

 Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
 Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2
Hankook Ventus S1
noble2
 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3


The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 has the best dry grip and quickest steering response among the three and comes with a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty. Both the Continental ExtremeContact DWS and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 feature 50,000-mile treadwear warranties and perform a little better in light snow conditions compared to the Pilot Sport A/S 3. All three tires are made in a variety of sizes. Now, even drivers of sports cars like the Chevy Corvette and Ford Mustang can find tires with higher treadwear.  

Shop by size to view all options available for your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 01

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 01 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2011 Jaguar XK
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
July 08, 2014

Exactly the kind of tire you're looking for to pair with your performance vehicle. Impeccably composed taking back roads at high speed or driving upwards of 130. Never a complaint from me with the performance of these tires. (just don't be too spirited on wet roads, especially after 15k miles)

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2008 Ford Focus SE Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Mount Vernon, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 26, 2014

I have recently installed these tires on my Focus and they are great! They are better than the Goodyear Eagle RS-A's that I previously had. I have only had them for about a month but so far, they have been stellar in heavy rain as well as dry roads. These tires inspire confidence and I will buy these tires again. Hopefully I get more mileage out of these than I did with the Goodyear's. The Goodyear's were good for the first 20k miles but then the performance exponentially declined shortly after. Thus far, the Altimax's have proven themselves better than the Goodyear's that they replace. Updates to follow after I put more mileage on them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.83
 
 

2010 Land Rover Defender
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Miles driven on tires: 47,000
Location: Brisbane, AU
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 47,000 Miles on Tires
July 23, 2014

I love these tyres, mud tyres that can do anything and tuff as nails as well. These tyres have been fitted to my daily driver work truck for 3 years now. So weekdays I drive the stop start of the city traffic carring a reasonable load as a tradesperson. On the weekends we go 4x4ing and often run them at 22psi over all sorts of terrain. On holidays to list just two, have driven a GVM 3.5T truck through 2 deserts for 3 weeks at a time on 15psi. Gone cross country with them, have run over tree stumps, sticks, base ball size rocks at 50m/h, smashed them on corrugated roads for hour upon hour. Cut them badly from incorrect pressures on gibber stone and shale, hours upon hours of black top high speed at gvm, and occasionally had to give me everything they have for emergency braking; and never had a puncture or failing of any sort. I would say I still have 10,000 mile left in them with decent usable off road tread, or an easy 15 500 on the black top. They are getting a noisier the balder they become, but I think all muds are the same. I have them balanced every rotation at 6000 mile and use the 4psi rule with them. A big thumbs up from me.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.9

1998 Jaguar XJR
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
May 16, 2007

This car had OEM Michelin MXVs which let me down during a high performance track day. I went to KDW2s after reading reviews here and found these are a whole new animal. Phenomenal grip for a tire with such good wet traction. I dont even worry about my lead foot wife during rainy runs on high crowned NY highways. The tire is responsive, stable at speed and not especially noisy. But the traction still surprises me wet or dry.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial T/A Spec

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Radial T/A Spec Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2006 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Carver, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
July 18, 2014

I bought these three years ago along with a new set of rims. Shipping from Tirerack was great, and I loved that they came inflated, on the rims. I just slapped them on the car. They handled well, I always felt like they performed great. They are now producing a wumpwumpwump sound at medium speeds, so I'm thinking about replacing them. They still have 3/32" tread, which might not be enough for a Minnesota winter (depending on which kind we get this coming year). I wish I had gotten 60000 miles like some people did. Our driving is probably 1/3 city and 2/3 highway, as 2 of the 3 years we lived out away from heavy traffic. I was initially concerned a little that these were specific tires for Camaros, but when I bought them they had such an awesome price that I couldn't pass them up. Now the price is double what I paid for the first set. Of course I wish I could get the same price again, but I doubt that's going to happen anytime soon. They also look really nice with the rims I got with them. But any other tire is going to have to be a lot cheaper, or have just awesome ratings in order for me to switch to another model. I will say that because these are wider than stock, I was a bit nervous when I was pulling a pop-up camper and the tires were so close to the fender. That duty is now delegated to our pickup truck so that's no longer a concern. Buying both rims and tires from TireRack is so convenient, I wish I could afford to do that every time.