wordpress stats

2013 Consumer Reports tire program: Ultra-high-performance tires take to the track

By: · January 3, 2013

Own a sporty cars or high-end touring car? Thinking about replacing the tires? Well, our next tire program will include UHP all-season and summer tires typically found on these cars. As in the past, we’re also including evaluations of performance winter tires, which come in sizes to fit cars that use UHP tires.

As the name implies, all-season tires provide good grip for most weather conditions. Testing shows that summer tires deliver the best grip on dry and wet roads, but unlike all-seasons, they’re not suited for winter temperatures nor provide decent traction on snow and icy roads. If your car has summer tires and you live in the snow-belt region of the country, we strongly urge you to consider using winter tires.

Our last UHP program was in 2010, and since then there are several new models. Some old favorites not on the list are either gone or slated to be replaced in the next year. Trend-wise, the performance winter tire offering seems a bit light due to a number of manufacturers retooling their lines. Many performance winter tires are developed in Europe where high sales margins and regional mandatory use makes it a more lucrative market. So as manufacturers race to build-up supply of new winter models, U.S introductions often come after filling orders in Europe and Canada.

There are slightly more offerings in the all-season category, which tends to follow the domestic market’s desire for a tire that can do it all. That’s not the case in Europe where summer and winter tires are used in place of all-seasons. Still, summer tires have there place here, particularly on casual-use high-end sports cars.

At the time of this writing, a few models still need to purchased, so don’t call me out if the model list changes slightly when we go to publish in September. Between now and then, we’ll be testing about 50 models, and hundreds of examples. We’ll have new ratings on ConsumerReports.org by fall and a follow-up in the November issue of Consumer Reports.

Check back for seasonal updates, the first being snow traction testing to be done in late January. Call us crazy, but we’re wishing for lots of snow this winter.

Performance winter tires
Brand Model
Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70
Cooper WeatherMaster Snow
Dunlop Winter Sport 4D
Hankook i*cept evo
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2
Nokian WR G3
Pirelli Winter 240 Sottozero Series II
Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme
UHP all season tires
Brand Model
BF Goodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Cooper Zeon RS3-A
Falken ZE-912
Falken Azenis PT722 A/S
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS
Fuzion UHP
General G-Max AS-03
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All Season
GT Radial Champiro UHP1
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Kumho Ecsta 4x
Maxxis Victra MA-Z4S
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Nexen N7000
Nitto Motivo
Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season
Sumitomo HTR A/S PO1
Toyo Proxes 4 Plus
Uniroyal Tiger Paw GTZ
Yokohama Avid ENVigor
UHP summer tires
Brand Model
BF Goodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2
BF Goodrich Potenza RE-11
Bridgestone Potenza RES-04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
Continental ExtremeContact DW
Cooper Zeon RS3-S
Falken Azenis FK-453
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
Hankook Ventus V12 evo
Kumho Ecsta LE Sport
Maxxis MA-Z1
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Nokian Z Line UHP
Pirelli P Zero
Sumitomo HTRZ III
Toyo Proxes T1 Sport
Yokohama S.Drive
Yokohama ADVAN Sport

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.