Back in 2011, we discussed Extreme Performance Summer tires in "What are Extreme Performance Summer Tires?" Though the category itself is still the same, the players have changed. When it comes to Extreme Performance Summer tires, the tires have the following benefits and compromises:
- Very fast steering response with lots of steering wheel feedback
- Superior dry grip; more than any other street tire category
- Outstanding cornering grip
- Stiff ride quality and more tread noise
- Shorter treadwear
- Reduced wet traction compared to Max Performance Summer tires
Basically, Extreme Performance Summer tires are a step beyond those found in the Max Performance Summer category. Often used for autocrossing or other motorsports competition that require street tires, these tires are for the driver who wants the absolute best grip and handling levels available in today's street tires.
Since these tires ride stiffer and have shorter wear than others, they may not be appropriate for a daily driver that doesn't see much track time. For those who aggressively drive on the streets, it may be better suited for them to consider a top Max Performance Summer option like the Michelin Pilot Super Sport or Bridgestone S-04 Pole Position. However, if you're willing to accept the compromises for that extra dry performance, look no further than the top choices in the Extreme Performance Summer category.