Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Milwaukee, Wi
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2011

I've seen a decent amount of snow in milwaukee this year and these tires are just outstanding. With the power of the STI I have broken them loose but they were still gripping the entire time, and the wheel spin was due to the amount of salt the city is dumping this year. I thought they might be a little squishy in a hard cornering situation but wow was I wrong, stiff and responsive through hard braking and acceleration. Deep snow traction is well above average for a long lasting all-season tire like these, if your not sure if this is the tire for you in a snowy type environment then go buy snow tires and waste your money every winter replacing them. I do plan on taking these to the track in spring, will update on that when the time comes. The big thing about these tires are the price, for $600 I'll gladly buy these again considering what was on the car when I bought it from the dealership...245/40R18 Dunlop SP Sport 600 which run about $220 a piece if I'm not mistaken and only last for 20000 miles.

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2003 Cadillac Escalade AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Seattle, WA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
May 25, 2014

I'm impressed: I raced automobiles, and am sensitive to everything from the engine to tires. Since I wanted the softest, quietest riding tire for the Escalade (opposite of the track), I ended up going with these. They are super quiet, reduced noise by at least 30 per cent and are very comfortable. It is even quieter than when new. Also, the guys at Tru-Line in Bellevue, WA did the best alignment I've seen on any vehicle. Amazing what a difference that makes.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2005 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Burbank, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
May 06, 2014

Daily driver and weekend track car. Tire Rack's testing and observations are spot on accurate. The RE-11 gives up a bit of dry cornering for good road manners and quiet performance. The perfect tire for a daily driven car that sees the track a dozen times a year.

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 38,000
Location: Pitman, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 38,000 Miles on Tires
December 20, 2013

These tires are well suited for day to day driving. Not a tire for track events but a great tire that makes you feel safe in virtually all road conditions ... Excluding snow of course.
I have found that traction is very predictable and only at the very extremes of the vehicles abilities will this tire break traction.
I will most likely put these on my daughters accord as well since we both have dedicated snow tires as well.
 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2006 Porsche Cayman S With Standard Brakes
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Geneva, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

Best possible street tire for the Cayman S. Quiet, comfy, sticks like glue, great in the rain. I did a couple of brisk "instructor" sessions at Road America in the Fall on this set and they didn't even show wear. They were as fun as the track only tires I usually use. No loss of fun at all with this "street tire". When you total up the coupons, they're as cheap as bargain brands. I may very well buy a second set for track-only.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2011 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Chesterfield, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
May 20, 2014

Huge improvement over factory run flats, not as glued to the road as a Pilot Sport but for the price a great performance value, comfortable in rain and surprisingly capable in snow, pulls about 70% as hard off the line as a snow tire and lets the car move around a bit but you feel like you'll never get stuck. I have not had these on a track but based on the wear showing at 15K and my aggressive driving style I think they'd hold up well. I can buy 3 sets of these or two sets, a spare and jack for the price of the garbage run flats that BMW put on at the factory.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2011 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Olivette, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
May 13, 2014

Did considerable research about replacements for the OEM Bridgestone RE050 runflats which had poor treadlife, hard ride quality and concern with four season performance. Considered runflat and nonrunflat. Read very good reviews from TireRack testing and other owners and chose the RE960A/S RFT. Ride quality was a huge improvement. They don't tramline like the RE050's, and like the safety of having RFT. I'm not tracking the car but enjoy sporty driving and the handling has been great.

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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2004 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Clearwater, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
May 07, 2014

I purchased these tires for daily driving that includes a good mix of highway and city driving. After making a wrong turn, I found myself taking a few laps at Road Atlanta :) While it was never my intention to track the car, the tires held up well. Not as good as RE-11's but pretty close. Overall, I'm very impressed for the price. I'll report back when I'm closer to 20,000 miles.

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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57
 
 

1997 Saturn SW2
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Miles driven on tires: 1,489
Location: Welches, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,489 Miles on Tires
April 25, 2014

First impression? DEEP tread.

This wagon has a manual tranny. Automatics will not see the same cornering results.

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0-300 miles: The factory protectant layer lasted for the first 200-300 miles. You can expect reduced handling during this time period. The first thing I did was to drive up Timberline Lodge in dry 55f weather at 6k ft elevation. It cornered well, but the protectant noticeably acted as a grip retardant. Two tires had no need for balancing on the factory steel wheels.

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300-1500 miles: It sticks to rain-slicked surfaces with utter ease. The tread cuts through standing water of up to 1/8" with little pull to that wheel be it interstate concrete or highway pavement up to 60 MPH. 65MPH has sheds less well. 70MPH has light hydroplaning issues at a touch above 1/8" water. 0-1/8" water is largely known by wheel well spray. Portland, OR industrial-road puddles? Laughable.

High speed wet severe corner grip is purely dependent upon my wagon's balance when in the power bands. Freshly wet/tar-slick pavement after a dry hot spell is unknown.

Alpine highway driving (40-45F at night) showed that it handled well in the dry and wet as long as I stayed off the sand. It did NOT corner well if I drove on the damp light sand at highway speeds. 45MPH was the max comfortable speed if I had to deviate from the tracks.

They grip very well even with 60-70 degree gravel roadways in the dry. I was able to track right through water channels with ease going up or down at low speeds. After driving on such graveled driveway/roadway angles, 55-60MPH highway speed shedded nearly all of the rocks by about two miles down the road, but pelted the wells for the first mile.

Forest service and back country roads are easily handled when surface-wet at max posted speed limits.

They help resist wind walking when compared to past tires.

Simply put, these tires are so far in my opinion a near-optimal choice for PNW driving west of the Cascades outside of studded seas

Which Hankook R-S3 Should You Get for Your Porsche 911 Turbo (997)?

Friday, June 20, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

When it comes to forgetting your worries, some meditate, some play racquetball and some drive all out on a closed race course. 

Part of the reason that Kenny (from the video above) is having so much fun is that he's not worried about his tires. He knows Tire Rack has him covered! When it comes to choosing the right tire for your Porsche 911 Turbo (997), which one is right for the track?

If you're a hardcore uber-competitive track fanatic running a heavily modified 911 Turbo, you'll want to choose a track tire like the Toyo Proxes R888. If you're more of casual track driver who just wants to have fun, the Extreme Performance Summer Hankook R-S3 offers an amazing combination of performance and value to go along with great dry grip and predictability. You could choose the model that's on closeout (2009 production) or the newer R-S3 "Version 2" (2014 production).

Closeout Extreme Performance Hankook RS3 $856**
Hankook R-S3
Extreme Performance Hankook RS3 (Version 2)$1174*
Hankook R-S3 "Version 2"


What's the difference between the two? Hankook's internal testing shows the R-S3 "Version 2's" new compound has better dry grip and much better wet grip. If your 911 Turbo (997) occasionally sees rain, then the Hankook R-S3 "Version 2" is the way to go. If you're in a dryer climate, the older model will offer a better combination of value and performance.

How can you tell the difference between the R-S3 and R-S3 "Version 2"? The tread design and sidewall are exactly the same, but look at the last two digits of the DOT Tire Identification Number, if it says "14", it's the R-S3 "Version 2".

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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2006 Subaru Legacy Wagon 2.5I
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Coeur D Alene, ID
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
May 19, 2014

Replaced a set worn out Michelins that were very noisy. Based on reviews I steered away from Michelins and bought the Pirelli's. It was a good decision. These tires are the quietest I've had on the car, the best tracking, and the smoothest riding. I didn't notice any change in gas mileage. The Pirelli tires are a good value for the money.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance Fuel MaxReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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Miles driven on tires: 1,400
Location: Roscoe, IL
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 1,400 Miles on Tires
September 20, 2009

I put Goodyear Fuelmax tires on my Toyota Camry Hybrid. My immedediate response was relief that the Fuelmax also provided a great feel and ride. I was concerned what trade offs I had made with purchasing a new series tire before user reviews were very available. I drive a hybrid and am not looking for sport handling or track performance. These tires feel secure both on wet and dry pavement. The ride and road feel are as good as I have had on any previeous tire, EL-400 on this car and a line of Michelins on other cars. My mileage did not drop a bit, to my surprise. The worn out OEM tires had low roling resistance due to most of the tread being gone. And with most of the tread being gone, you actually get more revs per mile which registers more miles on your odometer. This makes a worn tire appear to get further improved gas mileage. So with the Fuelmax I was thrilled to record the same 42 mpg that I have been getting all summer in my Camry. I really am waiting to see the winter driving performance. I will provide an update as soon I get some winter weather to put them to the test.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2000 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Forked River, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
June 01, 2014

Went from the Star Spec to these and have blown alway my track times.Tto be honest I also went from the 7 inch wide rim with the 205 to the 9 inch wide 225 rivals. But a second difference on Jefferson 1.1 mile course is huge and feel it's more the tires then the increased width.

How to Choose the Correct Track Tires

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Are you heading to your first driving school or lapping day? Or are you already a track veteran who's looking to go even faster? Whenever you go to the track, having the right set of tires is essential to going fast, being safe and having fun.

What type of tires do you need to bring for a track event? Depends on the type of event, the expected conditions and the resources available to you.

Take a look at your available options:

Street Tires 

Some people run their cars on the track with the same tires they use on the street. If you're already driving high performance tires, that set may work for you on the track. This scenario works best when you're attending beginner driving schools, casual lapping days or other events where the focus is more on polishing your skills rather than setting fast lap times. Street tires are not recommended for track use, and driving them in a track environment will most likely void their warranty. Keep in mind that if you overdrive them into corners, you could easily render them useless after only one day at the track. An example of this type of tire is the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

Pros of Running Street Tires:

  • Convenience
  • Price
  • Can drive to the track safely.
  • Most street tires perform well in the rain.

Cons of Running Street Tires:

  • Performance - These tires aren't as fast in dry conditions as track tires.
  • Longevity
  • Getting home - What happens if you lose a tire on the track? Do you have an option for getting home?

Extreme Performance Tires

These options are really a subset of street tires, but they're designed to take the abuse of occasional track days. They have more focus on dry traction and responsive handling. Extreme performance tires can be used on an enthusiast oriented daily driver, or mounted on separate wheels for track use. An example of this tire is the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R.

Pros of Extreme Performance Tires:

  • Grip - Better performance than regular street tires.
  • Durability
  • Value - Last longer at the track than normal street tires.
  • Convenience
  • Versatility

Cons of Extreme Performance Tires:

  • Competition - Drivers are at a disadvantage compared to drivers who use dedicated track tires.

Streetable Track Tires 

There are some tires that are essentially track tires, but can be driven to and from the track. They would wear out very quickly if driven daily on the street. These tires will generally have enough tread pattern to handle damp pavement, but will be very prone to hydroplaning. An example of this type of tire is the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo.

Pros of Streetable Track Tires:

  • Grip - These tires will outgrip extreme performance tires.
  • Convenient - If you can swap wheels at home, but your car won't carry a second set of wheels to the track, this can be the perfect solution.
  • Versatility - Some of these tires can work as an intermediate tire for damp or drying track conditions.

Cons of Streetable Track Tires:

  • Give up a little grip compared to the most specialized options.
  • Few miles of use as a street tire.
  • Hydroplaning can be an issue if caught in the rain.

Specialized Track Tires

Track tires provide the ultimate in grip. They discard most streetability characteristics in order to deliver the very best lap times. With lots of grip and shoulders that are generally more square, these tires can be more challenging to drive at their limits. They should be mounted on separate wheels and installed at the track. An example of this type of tire is the Hoosier A7.

Pros of Track Tires:

  • Performance - If you are racing to win, track tires are the way to go.
  • Easiest way to turn faster lap times.

Cons of Track Tires:

  • Track tires won't work in the rain. You need a separate set if rain is a possibility.
  • More challenging to drive at the limit.
  • Often requires suspension modification or a specialized set-up.

Michelin's Premier A/S Features New EverGrip Technology

Friday, May 30, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Michelin's newest Grand Touring All-Season tire, the Premier A/S is designed to be "Safe When New. Safe When Worn." The Premier A/S is replacing the widely popular Primacy MXV4. Premier A/S tires aim to give drivers unparalleled traction, whether the tire is new or worn down.

The Michelin Premier A/S uses an extreme silica and sunflower oil enhanced tread compound to increase traction in wet and cold temperatures. This compound is molded into a symmetric tread design featuring a continuous center rib flanked by notched intermediate ribs and linked shoulder blocks to deliver straight-line tracking and responsive dry-road handling.

Michelin EverGrip Technology adds Expanding Rain Grooves around the tire’s circumference and Emerging Grooves across the shoulders. As the tire wears, the Expanding Rain Grooves widen while Emerging Grooves open up across each shoulder block to help retain more traction in wet and wintry conditions.

The tire offers Michelin Total Performance that utilizes innovative technologies to bring multiple performances together. Combining stopping power, driving control, promised weather appropriateness and enhanced fuel efficiency, Michelin Total Performance tires reduce the influence of traditional trade-offs normally associated with tires. Michelin Total Performance is a promise of Michelin tire excellence.

We had a chance to test the tire when new, as well as when the tread depth was worn down to 5/32". For a recap of our test, read "Michelin Premier A/S Introductory Drive."

Track Day Magic with Continental's ContiForceContact

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Recently, our tire testers got the opportunity to drive on Continental's ContiForceContact, a new entry into the Streetable Track & Competition performance category. While this option isn't quite a racing slick, it's definitely built with the track in mind. This class of tire allows an enthusiast to drive his or her car to the track and then compete in the event on the same set of tires.

The ContiForceContact was matched up against some stiff competition in the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup and Toyo Proxes R888. It displayed impressive levels of grip and handling, and unusually good wet weather traction for the category. Progressive breakaway and neutral handling balance made this tire very driver-friendly. This tire can thrill you during hot laps with its precise handling and confidence-inspiring demeanor, while still being able to get you to and from the track, rain or shine.

While Streetable Track & Competition tires aren't for everyone, they are for drivers who want to get more from their car at the track than even the most capable road tire can delivery. Developed at the world famous Nurburgring circuit, the Continental ContiForceContact brings together Continental's racing and passenger car tire technologies.

Current size selection is limited, so we're hoping to see more sizes in the future. If your size is not currently available, check out other Streetable Track & Competition options.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Continental ContiForceContact: Track Day Magic."

Introducing the New Hoosier A7

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Hoosier has long been the gold standard when looking for the best racetrack and autocross tires. This season they have launched the new DOT A7 Radial. The tire replaces the widely popular Hoosier A6 and aims to set the bar even higher.

DOT A7 Radials are Racetrack & Autocross Only tires developed for drivers who compete in autocross, time trial and hillclimb events in dry conditions where responsiveness and high levels of grip at lower operating temperatures are desirable. A7 tires are also used for road racing on lightweight cars or when competing in cool ambient temperatures where Hoosier's R6 Radials can't be brought up to favorable operating temperatures.

These tires incorporate a new tread compound designed to extend wear and useable heat cycles, as well as experience less “fall-off” during a long run and less degradation over the life of the tire (compared to A6 tires). The tread compound is molded into a slick tread design interrupted only by five-dash circumferentially oriented grooves alternating outboard and inboard.

 Hoosier A7
Hoosier A7
 Hoosier A7
Hoosier A7


Beginning with a tread depth of 4/32", they will not require shaving for competition, however they'll benefit from a minimal scuff-in prior to their first run. We can provide a heat cycling service for an additional $15 per tire, so when you receive your new A7 tires they will be track ready.

The new A7 tires are in stock and ready for race season. Shop by size and see if there is an A7 tire offered for your track car today!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus R-S3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.5
 
 

2013 Subaru BRZ
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Shelton, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
April 29, 2014

I use these tires for track day events only and they have been great. Although not the stickiest tire out there, they are pretty darn good. The price point, and good wear qualities makes them a great choice for tearing up the track with out emptying your pocket book.

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

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.67
 
 

1993 Ford Mustang
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
May 10, 2014

I had these tires on my 1993 mustang that I use for autocross when it was still in stock condition. My biggest complaint about this tire is the road noise. When compared to a tire like the old Toyo Proxes4, the Comp 2 is terrible for road noise and comfort. However, performance wise for what they are I would say they are the best in the category. I trashed these tires doing autocross. They do not like heat, but no tires at this level do. What impressed me most about this tire is how much grip it still had when it was worn to just about nothin'. I run the Rival now on a very modified 1993 mustang. There is no comparison. The Comp 2 is a very great street tire and can handle more than anyone can throw at it without committing a felony. I can't give these tires a fair treadwear rating because I trashed them, and nearly trashed a set of Toyo proxes4 immediately after just because they are simply not designed for the demanding heat cycles of road racing/autocross. I would recommend this tire to anyone who daily drives their sports car. This is a great tire, just not a track tire. It is predictable and precise.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact ContiSeal

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact ContiSeal Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2013 Volkswagen CC Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 17,500
Location: Madison, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 17,500 Miles on Tires
May 12, 2014

Had these OE tires rotated on my new '13 VV CC at the first service interval at 10,000 miles Tires rotated front to back and they started making noise. Thought maybe they would settle in after a bit. Switched to my dedicated snow set up for the winter about a month after having them rotated and forgot about it during the long winter we had in NE Ohio. Just switched them back last month as spring is here and temps are up and whomp whomp whop, most terrible at 25-30 mph. Rotated back to front and it was worse. Car has 17,500 miles on it and two winters I ran the dedicated snow set up. So the tires maybe have 10K on them?? VW and Conti would not provide any warranty or good faith credit but dealership is helping me out on the mount and balance of new set. The ruling was that it is not the fault of the car or the tire but a combination of both because of the sport suspension. With a treadwear of 500 I would think 30K miles would be reasonable with my spirited driving but I didn't get even half taht. I got more tread life out of my 911 rears and I frequented the track with it! The first 10K before rotation the tires were OK for an all season, I can't say good or bad they were adequate. The forums say to rotate these tires much earlier than the first service interval of 10K, pehaps that would have gotten me to 30K if I rotated at 5,000. I've got about a year left on my lease so I'm putting some BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2's on the CC. At $100 per corner I feel they will be much better than the OE tires and hopefully they last until I turn them in at lease end and the price was great.