Top 10 High Performance Summer Tires
Finding the best high performance summer driving tires can be a challenge unless you happen to work in the tire business. There is quite a bit of confusion over which tires provide the best cornering power, or which ones have the best acceleration and braking capabilities, etc.
Hopefully, this list of our 2017 Top 10 High Performance Summer tires will help you make your best decision and save the most amount of money in the process. Our list of recommendations is made based on several factors, which include our own experience and reviews and comments from other tire owners.
Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
The new for 2017 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S is arguably the new king of all high-performance summer tires. The 4S combines the best features from the Super Sport and race-inspired Sport Cup 2 tires. The result is exceptional dry and wet traction to go with outstanding cornering grip and stability. Steering is quick and precise like you would expect. Whether at the track or on the street, if you’re looking for the best of the best, this is it.
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
Delivering excellent dry and wet traction, the Potenza RE-11 from Bridgestone uses some of the same technology that you find in their Formula 1 and Gran Prix 2 race tires. 3-D Seamless Stealth technology provides enhanced cornering grip, which adds to driving enjoyment. Treadlife and ride comfort is better than expected, making this tire a popular choice among driving enthusiasts.
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Simply stated, the Pilot Super Sport from Michelin delivers cornering grip and performance that is among the best in its class. It’s that good. Beyond that, dry or wet surface traction is excellent, and ride comfort is equally as impressive. Michelin tops it off with a 30,000 mile warranty, which is very rare for tires in this particular class.
Continental ExtremeContact Sport
Another new model for 2017, the Continental ExtremeContact Sport builds off the original ExtremeContact DW in providing for excellent traction and handling, especially on wet pavement. In fact, for wet grip it is one of the best. You’ll also find seat of your pants like cornering grip and very good tread life.
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
For all-around performance, the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position is one of the best. It delivers well-rounded performance with precision steering and excellent cornering grip. Bridgestone has also engineered this tire to be one of the more quiet UHP tires available today.
Firestone Firehawk Indy 500
The Firehawk Indy 500 was released in 2016 and has quickly proven itself as one of the top UHP tires in its class. From its aggressive good-looking tread pattern to its top-rated performance on the street, this is a tire for serious driving enthusiasts. Its racing-inspired technology and engineering gives it superior traction and handling, as well as excellent braking and acceleration. The Firehawk Indy 500 definitely deserves its place among the top UHP tires.
BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp 2
With a tread compound that sticks like glue in the corners, the g-Force Sport Comp 2 from BFGoodrich offers a very high level of performance in a summer tire. You will find this tire provides excellent steering control and feel, as well as solid traction on wet or dry pavement. With its lower price point, this new Sport Comp 2 offers good value for the money.
Nitto NT555 G2
Over the years, Nitto has made a name for itself from its line of high-performance tires, and the recently released NT555 G2 may be its best UHP tire yet. Nitto focused on increasing traction, braking and cornering performance with this model and it shows. For those looking at staggered fitments, this is one of the best UHP tires for the job.
Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
You can expect very good wet or dry road manners from the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport. This model corners very well and braking power is just as good. Despite its low profile, the RE760 Sport rides comfortably and comes without all the excessive road noise you often find with other tires in this category. Even better is the longer treadlife you can expect from this model.
Federal 595 Evo
Federal makes the list with its 595 Evo due in part to its outstanding performance, as well as its lower budget-minded price point. We feel it’s currently the best low-cost UHP summer tire available today. It delivers cornering grip that is on par with other top-level tires on this list, and steering is both quick and responsive. Dollar for dollar, the 595 Evo provides excellent value.
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