Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 01 A/S

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Vehicle: 2012 Volkswagen GTI 4-Door
Miles Driven on Tires: 19,000
Location: KEIZER, OR
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Spirited
Dunlop SP Sport 01 A/S
Initial Review: 19,000 miles on tires
April 05, 2013

Not understanding all the hate for this tire. Most likely it's because they come standard on 2010 thru 2013 GTI's and drivers who never experience sub-zero temperatures and snow have no need for an A/S tire on a high-performance car. As a result, they compare this tire to either max or extreme performance summer tires.
However, comparing this tire to the Kumho ECSTA 4X A/S tires on my son's Mazda 3, I would rate them at least as equals, and probably a bit better when below zero.
Additionally, using a regular rotation period of 5k miles, these tires demonstrate fantastic wear resistance. Currently at 19k miles and less than 50% wear. Very quiet on the freeway as well. The only negative is the braking and cornering traction in the wet should be a little higher.

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