Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk GT

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Vehicle: 2011 Dodge Charger R/T RWD
Miles Driven on Tires: 18,000
Location: Port Ludlow, WA
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Spirited
Firestone Firehawk GT
Follow-Up Review: 25,000 miles on tires
April 18, 2012
Update: I now have 25000k on these Firehawk Tires (245/45/20). Overall these are a good all-season high performance tire. I have to remind myself that these tires have a low-profile sidewall...that is good and bad. Others on here have issues with cornering problems etc. I would say that that is not really the case with mine, on the other end of the spectrum, they ride rough. (part of this is also due to the enhanced suspension on the MAX package) they are starting to hydroplane fairly easily and are quite noisy at times on certain roadway surfaces/speeds. Considering the class of this tire and its service rating, i would say this is a fairly good all-around tire. I had a chance to drive it in light slushy snow a few times and some black ice and they did just fine (with help from ETC) I am saving for new tires, summer is coming and i will use these Firehawks as long as i can. I am either going to get another set (with higher service rating) or i am going to upgrade to one of 3 tire sizes that are available in the Ultra High Performance All-Seasons...that rate quite well on TireRack.com
Initial Review: 18,000 miles on tires
February 17, 2012

Bought the 2011 Charger R/T Max Hemi RWD in Toxic Orange, what a car! One of the first things i look at is the stock rubber that comes on our vehicles...this one was different. I always use TireRack.com to check out where all tires fall on the ratings etc. i found that the Firestone Firehawk's that came with our 20 wheel version Max (245/45/20) was actually a farely well rated tire. After 18,000 miles on these Firehawks i can say that for the most part, im impressed! In October, the wife and i went on our honeymoon road trip. We both fit the spirited bill easily on driving style. we drove 5,000 miles total in 21 days. we drove alot at freeway speed of 60-70mph for hours at a time, we drove in alot of hot weather in California, Nevada and Utah. We drove in downpour's in Washington,Oregon and N. Calif. We drove very windy roads with extreme grades...extreme hairpins, lots of slow speed, U-turns and stop and go as well (getting out and taking photos at N. parks) I was (wife as well) very impressed with the overall performance of this tire...with all extremes of weather and road conditions. The Firestone Firehawks got a real workout in the state parks such as; Yosemite, Arches,Yellowstone and one highway we found out the hard way about...highway 299 in Calif....wow! What a stretch of road that couldnt be any windier or up and down...that was some road! The only thing that is not impressive is the tire life, We have accumulated 18,000 on this tire and they all are wearing uniformly at 5/32...guess you could say they have a soft compound but the way i see it is that you have to trade off great performance with some longevity. I would buy these tires again, but i may be looking at the Continental Extreme Contact DWS as well. The Firestone Firehawks are some of the best performing tires i have seen, and they were stock on a great performing sedan to boot! Good pair to be matched...just that im looking at a 25,000-30,000 mile performance all-season tire..and thats OK!

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