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

All around great tire-handling, cornering, noise level, etc. In terms of wear, I'm at 74K with tread left on all 4 tires. At the shop now having 4 new ones installed. I'd try another 5K but one tire has developed a slow leak. These are on an Audi ALLROAD. I've had a couple Miatas and a GTI so my tires don't get off easy.   Read More

New Sizes for the Streetable Track & Competition Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R

Were you hoping to find more choices in your size for the track? This December, Pirelli channeled their inner Santa Claus and released many new sizes for the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R. The Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R made a name for itself by being the tire of choice the most track-ready fifth-generation Camaros. A maniacal effort to cut weight coupled with...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

This tire is amazing...I have had two sets now on my Mazda Miata and have been extremely pleased with their performance. For daily driving, they are great. For autocross, they are just amazing! The dry grip is the best I have experienced in a street tire, and the wet grip to me is still pretty good. Wear has been very good for this type of tire, particularly...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R

My C63 AMG has a tune that boosts it from 450HP to around 525HP at the flywheel. I came from Michelin Pilot Super Sports, which are fantastic tires, but there's just no comparison... the Michelins aren't even close. This particular car is quite under-tired in the rear, which makes it very tail happy. Even though I'm running the same factory-specified tire...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

We installed a set of these tires before taking a long trip (4000 miles) mostly highway. We replace a set of Fierce Instinct VRs that cupped badly but lasted 40k miles. Compared to those tires, these have a very high level of grip in dry and wet conditions. The ride feels like we just took 40k miles off the car. Noise levels are higher than what I suspect...  Read More

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

All statements are compared to stock tires, in summer driving conditions. The stock tires were pretty worn when they were replaced with these, so this review might be just a tad skewed. That said, these tires are simply amazing! They have SO MUCH MORE GRIP over the stock tires. The miata used to chirp 2nd gear surprisingly easy, and with these tire, I fear...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec

Bought a Miata with these on it. They are extremely grippy tires and the steering inputs are some of the most responsive I have experienced. Very impressed with these tires. Haven't driven in the rain or any inclement weather so I can't speak to that side of them. But in the canyons they are very confidence inspiring.   Read More

The All-New 2016 Mazda MX-5 Tested on Our Track

As a longtime owner of a first-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, I have been very excited about the upcoming 2016 model. The new 2016 MX-5 is often referred to by its production code "ND" in the automotive community as opposed to the previous generation 2006-2015 model's production code of "NC". The design of the new generation MX-5 has been impressing drivers...  Read More

New Lightweight Track Wheel from MOTEGI RACING

Anyone who has spent a Saturday at an autocross event or a road course knows that lighter is better. Lighter is especially better when referring to unsprung weight. Unsprung weight is anything not supported by the suspension of your vehicle such as wheels, tires and brakes. As one of the best bang-for-your-buck upgrades, a set of dedicated lightweight...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

For having a RWD car as my daily driver and considering the Miata's small size, people said I was going to have a tough time travelling during the winter. My buddy reccomended these tires for winter since he had a set that worked really well. I have not had any issues driving in snow, sleet and freezing rain as they kept traction at all times. These tires...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I live in the NC mountains, where it snows in winter. I have encountered two inches of snow without incident, thanks to the Conti Extreme Contact. It really bridges all-season capability with high performance. This tire lets me enjoy my Miata year-round.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Attended SCCA Starting Line school in the driving rain and my car equipped with a fresh set of RE-11's had the fastest times when driven by the instructor or myself. Standing water in a number of spots on the course and these tires constantly delivered. Slides easily recoverable with a lift of the throttle. Excellent manners on turn in. Can't wait to try...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I live in New England, and have the Miata 2009 Grand Touring factory Michelin Pilot tires, great in dry, so..so in winter. After 28,000 (2.5 yrs) the tires had to be replaced, wore out too fast even when you rotate them... I read on the Miata forum that the continental extreme contacts DWS were highly recommended for all seasonal. They have been the best...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H724

DISCLAIMER: First off, I am not affiliated with TireRack or Hankook Tire Co. I have been a customer of TireRack for over a decade and I've never had 1 single problems. For Hankook tire set, this is my first time experience and I am not writing this review to endorse them either. I am simply giving you my perspective, specifically, the use of Hankook Optimo...  Read More

How to Prepare for Your First Track Session in Four Simple Steps

Today is a great day to be an automotive enthusiast. Perhaps more than ever before, road courses across the country are opening their gates to any and all drivers looking to experience the thrill of driving on a track. Combine this level of access with the increased performance of today's vehicles and it's possible to have more fun than ever before for less...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama S.drive

I've 4800+ miles on these tires, including a road trip from Ohio to Flyin' Miata's Summer Camp in western Colorado & running around the hills of southern Ohio. Great steering response, excellent wet weather performance, good dry weather handling, though my standard here is an STi set up for Solo II on Dunlops. Short of an all-out performance tire, I'm quite...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

We use this tire on a Set Kosei K1 wheels for our stripped out Miata (2000 lbs) that competes in 24 hours of LeMons. The car is a 92 Miata with 99+ bilstiens and NB Slignment settings are best to be said as moderate. We are a 5 driver team, with very similar driver profiles. These tires have held up amazingly well. We run about 32psi front and 31psi rear....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Posts on miata.net suggested this tire was not a 'performance' tire and the Miata might like a more responsive tire. Rudy confirmed this assessment. Since I have moved well into senior citizen territory the quick turn-in, more 'rigid' ride, etc. attributes I wanted in a tire a few years ago are no longer on my tire wish list.So, do I like these tires, yep,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Corsa System

I got these tires on a new Evora, not an S but the drop down doesn't allow for a base Evora. I drive these tires on twisty backroads where they eliminate the need for an S or any other more powerful car. I go through the 45mph rated curves.... well because this is on the internet... I go through them a little faster than that with great ease. The Evora is...  Read More

Taking Your Mazda Miata to the Next Level

The Mazda Miata has long been a crowd favorite with driving enthusiasts. While it's an amazing vehicle, the level of excitement can be taken to the next level with the right equipment.    Tires are a top priority and the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec and Hankook Ventus RS-3 (Version 2) are both favorites. When we tested each last fall, the ZII Star Spec...  Read More