High Performance Tires

When you hear the words high performance, it is most likely that an image of an exquisite Ferrari expertly handling the curves springs to mind. Whilst it is true that this type of tires were originally designed to handle maximum speeds such as is needed in F1 driving, there is an increase in their popularity amongst all drivers and have become more of a standard component on many new car models.

The history of performance tires began in the early 1980’s with the first of its kind being introduced by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Car enthusiasts were thrilled by the radical changes in tire design created for high speed stability – what they were not so happy about, however, was the cost. Even at the time of their introduction, performance tires were considered to be extremely expensive costing on average $200 or more. They remain an expensive purchase today and it is a good idea to weigh up the “Pro’s and Cons’ of high performance tires if you are considering them as replacement or as upgrade tires for your car, truck or SUV Tires.

We have compiled a detailed look into the top 15 performance tires in this report.

Many of the most common household names in car brands, such as Toyota, Ford and Mazda, all offer tempting sports models as part of their range. Though you may need to stretch your budget a bit for a new set of wheels, looking good on the road is no longer confined to those who look good on the cover of magazines!

But apart from enhancing the look of your vehicle, what sets a performance tire apart from the rest and, indeed, how can you decide between one high performance tire and another? To consider these questions, lets take a look at the common features of the typical high performance tire and the benefits this will add to your vehicle.

Features of Performance Tires

Commonly, cars are fitted with a standard tire or some people opt for a touring tire which are expected to last a bit longer than the standard tire and offer better stopping performance and on road stability.

High performance tires can be categorized based on their function and handling under the headings of  Performance, High Performance, Ultra High Performance and Competition.

A High Performance Tire

A common choice for vans, muscle cars and trucks, this type of performance tire offers a wide range of profiles and tread widths to compliment the look of the vehicle and enhance the traction at a low speed. Speed ratings are usually S and T (112mph/118mph) and are generally more affordable.

They are most likely to have an All-Season tread as a good “year round” choice being built for wet, dry and snow traction.

The low speed traction leads to a better wear resistance which means that they are a great choice if you cannot afford to replace them regularly and still want a sporty look to your car.

Goodyear Eagle GT.

High performance tires are designed to deliver better corner grip and stability when driven at high speed. The lower profiles and larger diameter wheel sizes also offer a lower rolling resistance improving fuel efficiency.

A common tire choice for sports cars and sedans, they are typically rated with a “H” speed rating (130mph). Recent findings have shown however that due to their improved handling response many car manufacturers now equip the average passenger car with a high performance tire.

The advantages of a better steering response, enhanced traction and better contact than a performance tire, may not outweigh the reality that replacing such a high spec performance tires will be quite a costly exercise.

High Performance Tires – Ziex S/T204

Ultra-High Performance Tires

As you can expect, the Ultra-High performance tires takes tire technology to an extreme and exciting level.

Defined by typical speed ratings of W (168mph), Y(186mph) and Z(149mph and above), you can expect the ultimate in high-speed control. Compound and multi-angled grooves allow for a better grip in wet conditions and improve tread wear resistance.

Falken FK452

  • Competition Tire

If you’re thinking Competition Tire then you need to think G-Force speeds!  Not a tire suitable to be driven on the street or highway these specialty tires are the masters in acceleration and braking traction and the best in track and competition use.

Are These Performance Tires for me?

High Performance Tires

Performance Tires

The type of driver you are and the kind of driving you do day to day should be factored into the equation before rushing into a purchase. You will probably want to feel the results of a luxury set of High or Ultra High Performance tires – something you won’t experience a lot if your day to day driving consists of rush hour traffic and the school run. If you are new to the market of high performance tires, stick to popular tire brand manufacturers from reliable manufactures like Bridgestone and Falken. Check online sources and become more informed about what speed rating is right for your vehicle and suppliers who offer promotions.

The benefits of fitting your vehicle with high specification tires are, however, far from adding a touch of luxury and sophistication. The evidence is that they give your car a high handling and braking response particularly when required to stop unexpectedly. Though they don’t perform as well on the wet they generally have increased traction and grip than the alternatives such as a touring tire or the standard tire.

If price is not a big issue against increased safety, style and performance then there is every reason to equip your car with high performance tires. If you are the owner of a luxury, sports car you probably have little option but to buy anyway. For most of us the expense, however, to kit your vehicle out with high performance tires needs be considered.