Recently we had the joy of testing the new BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 tire on our test track using an array of vehicles supplied by BFGoodrich. (Shown to the left is my Ford Mustang GT next to a demo 2012 Camaro SS.) In an effort to demonstrate this new Ultra High Performance Summer tire's dry and wet weather handling capabilities, we started out by firing up the track's sprinklers and were handed the key to a Volkswagen GTI.
The GTI is known for its nimble handling and tight, controlled steering and it was very easy to drive at the limit in the wet. With enough throttle, the cars would gently understeer around the skidpad, but remained very controlled during transitions and the slalom portion of our test. Despite standing water, the tire was impressive and I wasn't able to provoke any sensation of hydroplaning.
Having completed our run in the GTIs, we waited for the track to dry before the real fun began. Next up, a group of brand new 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392s were waiting for us. These cars, equipped with 6-speed manual transmissions, were a blast to drive despite their bulky size and weight. Tipping the scales at 4,300 lbs. with 470 hp and 470 lb./ft. of torque on tap, I was surprised at how easy they were to maneuver. Hats off to the Chrysler/Dodge team for producing such a fun vehicle to drive! And to BFGoodrich for creating a tire that can help harness the vehicle's features. Although heavy throttle would break the tires loose in first and second gear, I don't hesitate to say this would happen with even a more competition-based tire. On tight technical portions of our track the tires kept their composure and didn't squirm or buckle under the Challenger's weight.
Overall, I was very impressed with the tire. As a replacement for the g-Force Sport, this tire has come a long way. While the COMP-2 shares the same basic tread pattern as the older model, it's a new compound with a greatly improved sidewall. If you're looking for an economically priced Ultra High Performance Summer tire, I encourage you to give the all-new g-Force Sport COMP-2 a look.