Need Tires for a Classic MINI?

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Ben Rooney

With the trend for larger wheel diameters, it can be hard to find tires for some of the classic vehicles that used small-diameter wheels. The legendary MINI is a victim of this trend, with virtually no tires available in its usual 10" wheel diameter.

However, there is still at least one excellent option for enthusiast owners: the Yokohama A008. This sticky, handling-oriented tire will enhance the sporting character of your classic MINI. Currently available in the 165/70R10 size with an H-speed rating, this tire is perfect for any sporty driving, including some track and autocross use.

The A008 has been very well liked by the enthusiasts who have installed a set on their vehicle. See what drivers are saying about their experience with the tire.

"These tires are brilliant. The car was transformed, and handles significantly better on the tires these replaced, or my recollection of any MINI tires I had run in the past. Overall, I don't believe there is a better choice for a Classic MINI (unless snows are required)!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1978 MINI Classic

"Very good tire. It performs well on this little car!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1978 MINI

"Great tire with lots of good stickiness. Grip is very good. The soft compound makes for good ease into long sweeping curves. 100 predictable!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2002 MINI Cooper Standard

If you have an old MINI sitting in the garage on aged, dried out tires, breathe some new life into it with a fresh set of sticky tires and rediscover how much fun it can be.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8
 
 

2002 BMW 540iA Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Yakima, WA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

This is a follow up now that I have more miles on these tires. I am still lovin these tires. This is the original equipment tire for this car and the only tire that feels right. I tried other brands of tires always with negative results. If you own a 5 series BMW don't try to second guess the BMW engineers. I have driven in light snow and ice with no problems. These are not Winter tires and you must use caution as with any other all season tire. Handling is excellent and steering response is superb. The best of all the tires I tried on this car including Continental and Yokohama. No balance issues at all. These tires are straight and true. This tire is the best compromise between high performance and touring. I would say it leans more toward the performance feel with excellent manners.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

1993 Ford Crown Victoria
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Reisterstown, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2014

Mostly would like to comment on winter performance of this tire. This rear wheel drive car is not noted for great winter performance and up until now I was afraid to take it out of my driveway in winter weather. Put 2 RT43s on the rear drive wheels and now this car is my go to vehicle in winter weather. We have had 3 major storms and these tires have pushed this car thru snow,snow covered ice, ice , and frozen slush. They have also pushed this car up snow covered hills from a standing start. I have Yokohama avids on a Grand Marquis and they have stranded me in a snow storm. The Tire Rack survey on the Yokohama avid is accurate on its poor winter performance. The RT43s have exceeded my expectations and would like to say this is about as good as it gets for winter performance from an all season tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution RS
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Hamilton, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 22, 2013

This is the best street tire out there if your looking for the fastest lap times. Dry grip is amazing, steering feel is sharp and super fast, wet grip is even very good at 100+mph felt no loss of traction with wet track conditions and pouring rain, I was impressed. They never overheated on the road course with 30min sessions. Braking grip is very good too.
Very stiff sidewalls and these tires do run very wide. I've done 6 trackdays and the tires still look great! So treadwear is lasting longer than i expected. And I drive to and from the track.
Overall performed excellent in every way, except price...it is very expensive compared to other extreme performance tires but I think its still worth it.
Buy this tire you won't be disappointed! And now they have the updated AD08-R version?
So even better??

 

Yokohama's PARADA Spec-X is a Proven All-Season Performer for Your SUV

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Currently sitting at the top of our survey results in the Street/Sport Truck All-Season category, the Yokohama PARADA Spec-X continues to impress SUV and light truck owners with superior wet and dry traction, as well as a quiet ride. Available in sizes ranging from 17" up to 28" wheel diameters, the PARADA Spec-X has built a strong reputation over its life by using a directional tread pattern and wide center grooves to resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction. Recently, Yokohama added more sizes to provide owners of "modern" muscle cars with confidence in year-round conditions, even light snow. Now, vehicles like the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro can trade their fast wearing Original Equipment tires for extended life and improved comfort.

The range of available sizes means the PARADA Spec-X can be used on a variety of vehicles including:

  • Late-model GM SUVs
  • Cadillac Escalades
  • Chevrolet Suburbans 
  • Acura MDX and RDX
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Mazda CX-9

For more insight on this tire, read our customer reviews to see what drivers are saying about their experience with the Yokohama PARADA Spec-X,

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama S.drive

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama S.drive Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5
 
 

2003 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2013

THese tires are awesome! A good blend of performance and daily driving tires. It feels very stable and planted (I run 245/275 staggered).

These are noisy only because the Z is notorious for bad tire feathering due to toe alignment. So when my toe is out of alignment I hear the tire groaning on the freeway. It's a good and bad thing because it let me know to get an alignment to put the spec back. I also flip the tires at around 15K when the tires were worn down on the inside. Though I have 20k on them now the tires look like they have 25% of life left on the rears and roughly 40% of life in the front. I would definitely recommend this tire but at this point I want to try out other tires so I will be picking up a set of Continentals to compare them with the S.Drives.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.07
 
 

2004 Toyota 4Runner 4wd SR5
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Location: Fort Collins, CO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 48,000 Miles on Tires
April 15, 2013

Very happy with overall performance of tire, have almost 50,000 on them. Quiet and wears well on my 4-Runner. Use them mostly in town and some hwy, not much off road use.

 

Dunlop SP Sport Signature Still a Top Choice in the High Performance All-Season Category

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

With tire technology advancing quickly these days, it's rare to find a model of tire that stands the test of time and remains competitive in its category year after year. First introduced over six years ago, the Dunlop SP Sport Signature is one of those tires. Even after this many years, it continues to hold its own against newer tires in the High Performance All-Season category. If you're looking for a great all-season performance tire at a good price, the Dunlop SP Sport Signature is for you!

With over 2.6 million miles reported, the tire is currently ranked third in our survey results. This is a higher ranking than other popular tires including the Yokohama AVID ENVigor, Goodyear Eagle GT and BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S. The SP Sport Signature is often praised for its good road feel, quick steering response and great combination of wet and dry traction. 

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the Dunlop SP Sport Signature:

"These have been such fantastic tires that I am now on my third set. Great dry weather traction and awesome treadwear. I have been very pleased with these tires." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Infiniti G35 Sedan

"These tires handle great. I have almost no road noise and they handle great on wet pavement. Even with my aggressive driving habits they wore perfectly. They were a great buy for the money." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2001 Lexus ES300

"The Dunlops have transformed my car. I've gone from such noise to such quiet and smooth riding and handling. For a car with 280,000 miles on it, the difference is astounding. I'm very happy with the purchase of these tires." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1998 Honda Accord Coupe EX V6

For more information on this tire, read "The Dunlop SP Sport Signature Continues to Impress." 

Testing Tires to Maximize Your Summer!

Friday, August 30, 2013 by Doc Horvath

While all-season capable tires can provide plenty of grip in nearly every situation, many enthusiasts prefer to have a dedicated set of summer tires to maximize handling during the warm weather months. To find the best of the best in our Max Performance Summer category, we tested two newcomers, the Dunlop Sport Maxx RT and Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105 against the best tires from previous tests, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position.

In order to evaluate each tires' high performance capability and every day manners, we subjected all four to both our Performance Test Track Drives and Real World Road Rides. On our 4.1-mile loop of expressways, state highways and county roads, we're able to get a sense for how each tire will perform in real world conditions, like those most of our customers experience on their daily commute. The variety of pavement types, conditions and legal speeds puts each tire through its paces and helps determine overall ride comfort, road noise and handling characteristics. While the Michelin Pilot Super Sport continued to impress our testers with its handling, Yokohama's ADVAN Sport V105 was right behind the Super Sport and showed all of our testers that it has a good steering response and feel. The Bridgestone and Dunlop options rounded out the group, providing excellent road feel and manners, but just not quite to the level of the Michelin and Yokohama.

On our 1/3-mile test track, we can replicate extreme maneuvers (in both wet and dry conditions) normally experienced during an abrupt emergency avoidance move. When driven to the limit of our test cars' capability (and our driver's ability) the Michelin continued to lead the field in dry conditions, with the Yokohama having the better grip in wet. Again, the Bridgestone and Dunlop (in that order) were just a touch behind the others, but still providing fantastic traction. 

In the end, the Michelin was able to retain its top position in the category with the Bridgestone and Yokohama models tied for second place. The tight scores reinforce the fact that all four tire manufactures have done their homework and know what the tires need to do to be in the Max Performance Summer category.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing New Max Performance Summer Tires: Can the Latest Keep Up With the Greatest?"

New Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105 Tested

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Ben Rooney

We recently completed our test of the Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105, which will replace the previous ADVAN Sport in most sizes. We pitted it and the new Dunlop Sport Maxx RT against the current Max Performance Summer leaders, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position.

The Yokohama ADVAN Sport has been a nice tire, but it lacked the razor-edge handling feel of its predecessor the AVS Sport. It was an impressive tire in wet conditions, but in the dry it was not quite as engaging as we would normally expect from a Yokohama flagship performer.

The V105 continues the trend of strong wet traction for Yokohama in this category, while bringing back a highly responsive steering feel. It sacrifices a little bit of ride comfort compared to the Michelin and Bridgestone, but rewards the driver with precision handling and direct, immediate response.

Some highlights from our test include:

  • Best overall track rating for wet track performance, including top marks in steering response, braking modulation and handling predictability.
  • Second place in overall dry track rating, behind only the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.
  • Best stopping distance in our wet braking test.

Our test conclusion was: A very sporty tire that can hang with the best. To view our full test report, read "Testing New Max Performance Summer Tires: Can the Latest Keep Up With the Greatest?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan
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Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2013

Over the years, these are the best all-around V-rated tires for the WRX I have used in terms of performance and comfort. Cornering in both dry/wet conditions are superior to similar model tires. Road noise is less than other brands. The only disappointment I have is the tread life. For a tire rated at 560, They are almost due for replacement at less than 20,000 miles. In this regard, these are no better than the stock, and other Z- W- rated tires.

 

Are Yokohama Tires Good?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Colin .

Yokohama has been around for many years and makes very good options to fulfill your tire replacement needs.

In the Max Performance Summer category, they recently introduced the ADVAN Sport V105. It's developed for the drivers of high-powered sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans who want an increase in agile handling with a more comfortable ride. Based on technology fostered through participation in motorsports and development at the Nurburgring Circuit in Germany (one of the world's most grueling race/test tracks), the tire is designed to promote dry traction and handling.

If you're shopping for something a bit more extreme, then take a look at the ADVAN Neova AD08 R. It's Yokohama's latest Extreme Performance Summer offering and provides an even higher level of dry traction and handling, while giving up some treadlife and ride quality compared to the ADVAN Sport V105.  

If you are looking for an all-season option that offers sporty handling, the AVID ENVigor is available in H- or V- and W-speed ratings. While the tire doesn't offer the high traction and handling attributes of summer tires, it'll last longer and give you some winter traction versatility.

Another all-season option to consider is the AVID TOURING-S. This Standard Touring All-Season tire is developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans and minivans and is engineered to provide good traction, excellent ride qualities and long treadlife.  

For those of you who own a truck, crossover or sport utility vehicle, Yokohama offers the Parada Spec-X. Based on survey results, the tire is rated number one by consumers in the Street/Sport Truck All-Season category. Two additional light truck/SUV tires worth considering, include the Geolandar H/T-S G051 and Geolandar A/T-S

View all Yokohama tires and find the one that's right for how and where you drive.

Great Extreme Performance Summer Tires

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Ranking the top three quarterback in the NFL is tough. Is Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady the best? Answers may vary across the country, but even neutral observers will be hard pressed to say who's the best.

That's how I felt after finishing our widely anticipated Extreme Performance Summer test. They're all great across the board and it's pretty hard to declare a clear number one.

BF Goodrich g-Force Rival
BFGoodrich g-Force
Rival
Dunlop Direzza Z2
Dunlop Direzza
ZII
Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R
Yokohama ADVAN Neova
AD08 R


The BFGoodrich g-Force Rival, Dunlop Direzza ZII and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R were the top three tires and all provided crisp, immediate and linear steering response that really performed well through the five-cone slalom section of our test. Compared to these three, the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A's steering response wasn't quite as crisp. Our opinions varied, however I like the predictability of both the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R.

Our test writer had the difficult task of sorting through subjective assessments and data to anoint a winner. Our official results show the g-Force Rival taking first, the Dunlop Direzza ZII in second and Yokohama's AD08 R finishing third. Amongst those three, it's a photo finish when it comes to overall dry lap times as .22 seconds separated them.

If the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival isn't made in your vehicle's size, the Dunlop Direzza ZII and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R are both more than capable. The RE-11A is a worthy competitor that could use a little more dry traction, but overall it's a great Extreme Performance Sumer tire.

For complete test results, read "Testing Extreme Performance Summer Tires: The Boys of Summer Are Here."

Which Yokohama Family Suits You Best?

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Yokohama tires were introduced to the United States in 1969, but have been produced since 1917. Personally, I've been using their products since 1998. There are three basic families of Yokohama tires: ADVAN, AVID and Geolanders.

ADVAN

The ADVAN line was introduced to the U.S. market in 2005 and has been widely popular and successful in the performance world. Their newest member is the ADVAN Neova AD08 R which resides in the Extreme Performance Summer class. The AD08 R combines excellent dry traction with impressive wet traction for that warm weather driver who demands fast and fun driving.

AVID

AVID tires stand tall with the AVID ENVigor and AVID Ascend. The AVID ENVigor combines the feel and handling of a sport tire with a touch of all-season capability. It works very well for performance based drivers who require four season traction. A new tire to the AVID family, the Ascend, combines long treadwear, low rolling resistance and all-season traction for those who place more emphasis on ride comfort and treadwear.

Geolandar

Finally, Geolandar tires fulfill the needs of light truck and SUV owners. The Geolandar H/T-S G051 has been widely popular and affordable since its debut in 2002. It appeals to the light duty pick-up truck and SUV owner looking for a more comfortable ride, handling and year-round traction.


Yokohama ADVAN Neova
AD08 R

Yokohama AVID
ENVigor

Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S
G051


Navigate our Tire Decision Guide to see which family suits your needs best.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2011 Toyota Prius
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Location: Lincoln, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
April 11, 2013

Purchased the Continental ProContact EcoPlus the Fall of 2012 after much research at Tire Rack and Consumer Reports. Could have gotten a few thousand more miles out of the OE Yokohama AVID S33D but winter (rain) was coming. Hated the S33's as they did nothing well except help get good gas mileage and was only going to get 40,000 miles out of them. Immediately the EcoPlus were quieter, smoother, and with great wet grip but the mileage dropped from 52mpg to 47 or 48 and I was disappointed. I knew winter might be a factor and old worn down tires roll easier than new tires but I was still surprised. Now that Spring has arrived and the tires have 6K on them my mileage is back up. Just returned from a 451 mile trip to Santa Rosa and Fort Ross and the trip meter is showing 54.3mpg. That includes freeway, urban, and coastal driving. I could not be happier. Air pressures are at the correct settings for the Prius, 35 front, 33 rear. I don't think there is much advantage in higher pressures compared with the disadvantages; harsh ride, less contact patch, increased braking distance, wandering on the highway, and wearing out the center of the tread. I used to be the manager of a busy tire store and from the tire manufactures seminars I learned that hard over-inflated tires are more susceptible to punctures. A tire that is rock hard will puncture much more easily than one that has a little give to it. Imagine a balloon that is very full versus one that is not so full. The full one pops much more easily. Go with the car manufactures recommendation. They have worked with the tire manufactures to give you the best tire pressures for your vehicle in regard to safety, longevity, handling, comfort, and overall performance. The engineers for the cars and the tires know better than you. I love my Prius and my almost new but broken-in EcoPlus tires. These are at the top of my list when I need to buy new tires for my Subaru Baja.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID TRZ

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID TRZ Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.82
 
 

1997 Toyota Avalon
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Location: Omaha, NE
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
April 29, 2013

A pretty decent tire in most respects, but with 7/32 tread left, snow performance was rather poor. If you don't care about snow performance, then the AVID TRZ would be a good choice. Otherwise, forget about traction in winter unless the tires are brand new.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama S.drive

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama S.drive Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 Sedan
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,500 Miles on Tires
April 30, 2013

Having driven over 100K on this particular car I have found that the Yokohama offers dry weather performance on par with pure performance summer only tires with markedly superior wet performance at a price that should be considered a bargain!

 

Test Results: Which New Extreme Performance Summer Tire is the Best?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Ben Rooney

This year, enthusiasts are treated to an impressive new crop of Extreme Performance Summer tires. One of the most publicized new releases has been the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival. The Dunlop Direzza ZII, replacing the well-liked Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec, is another hot new entry into the category.

Slightly less publicized, but no less worthy of attention are the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R. Yokohama and Bridgestone have been two of the class leaders and are answering the new challengers with upgraded models for this summer.

All of us here were eager to take these new tires out for a comparison. Driving them on the street was a useful test of what it would be like to use them on an everyday car. Taking them on and off the entry and exit ramps gave us a chance to get a hint of what their performance capabilities would be. All four tires gave excellent steering response and handling on the road, though each exhibited its own personality.

On the track, we had the chance to push these tires to their limits in both wet and dry conditions. Each one found slightly different areas to shine, whether it be wet or dry traction, ultimate lateral grip, responsive steering or confidence-inspiring stability.

Each tire could find a niche depending on the type of performance that's desired. To see a detailed report of how these tires stacked up, read "Testing Extreme Performance Summer Tires: The Boys of Summer Are Here" and watch the test video below.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT Sedan
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Location: Romney, WV
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
April 24, 2013

I've worn out two or three sets of the predecessor of this tire (Turanza Serenity) and after having gone through numerous other tire brands Michelins, Yokohamas, Goodyears, have to say that this tire is the best of those by a significant margin. These tires offer very good cornering grip... amazing actually. Great wet and dry traction and decent traction in snow and ice. Where they really shine is ride quality, comfort and noise level.

Bear in mind that I rate this tire as what it is... a Grand Touring Tire. It won't compete against special purpose tires but neither will they match this tire for this intended use. Unless you can use the last 10% to 15% of the performance that high performance tires offer you will be FAR, FAR happier with a tire such as this. The difference in comfort and combined performance will serve most drivers better the majority of the time. (As a footnote... I own and drive two Trans Ams, two Corvettes, a Grand Prix GXP, and other assorted cars). I have run high / ultra-high performance tires on those cars and unless I'm pushing the edge of the envelope, these tires perform more than adequately.... and they are FAR more comfortable over potholes, expansion joints and they don't drone you to death with tread noise.

One BIG side benefit not usually thought about is that these tires give me 45K miles +/- of wear and I replace them before they get down to the wear bars. So... while I'm wearing out HP and Ultra-HP tires at 20-25K miles I'm only at the halfway point of having to replace these. So... they save a lot of money up front and again over the far greater lifetime.

I love these tires and will be ordering my next set in the next week.

Good luck in your choices... but if I might make one suggestion it would be this. Look very carefully at what you NEED in a tire for the majority of your driving... and don't overestimate your need for that final 10% of performance. Most people never even get close to using that final 10%.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z II

Monday, May 13, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR Z II Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.88
 
 

2007 Mini Cooper S
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Location: League City, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2013

I bought these as a budget-level replacement for a set of Yokohama S-drives. They look aggressive, but have much less dry traction than the s-drives. If you just want a tire for looks and want to save some money they are ok, but I would not consider them a high performance tire. They do seem to work well in the rain.