Cooper Zeon RS3-S Tire Review & Rating

The Cooper Zeon RS3-S is their ultra-high performance summer driving tire that replaces the older Zeon 2XS, (which was lacking in performance in several areas). Designed for drivers of high performance sports cars, coupes and luxury sedans, the RS3-S sports an attractive appearance to go along with Cooper’s advanced tire technology.

The silica tread compound is engineered to provide outstanding dry pavement traction and cornering, as well as enhanced wet surface handling, which is a real strength for this model. An advanced tread mold profile creates a larger tread contact patch with the road, which results in improved all-around traction.

Cooper Zeon RS3-S Tire Review

An asymmetric tread design features outer shoulder blocks and intermediate tread elements that are specially tuned to increase dry surface grip and handling. Even when pushed to the limits in the corners, the tire still holds very well.

On wet roads the tire’s wide circumferential grooves and increased void ratio enhance traction and handling. The inside grooves expel water from under the tread to reduce the risk of hydroplaning.

Inside the tire you will find twin steel belts that are strengthened with spirally wrapped nylon to give the tire added durability and stability at higher speeds. A dual pitch tread sequence helps quiet the tire and provides more comfort. Available in W and Y- speed ratings, Cooper includes a 20,000 mile tread guarantee, which is rare for a tire in this class.

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  • Dry traction and cornering grip is a plus   
  • Steering response is quick and crisp   
  • Impressive wet surface handling   
  • Tire rides comfortably   


  • Higher performance at the expense of treadlife   

Overall Thoughts

The new RS3-S has some of the best dry pavement handling and cornering performance among tires in this class. The harder you drive it through the corners, the more it grips the road. If you drive a rear-wheel drive vehicle you are going to love this model.

Beyond that, the steering response is excellent. It provides the feel you would expect from a world-class performance tire. Ride comfort is good and the tire is fairly quiet for what it is. Treadlife is also good depending on how you drive. If you push them hard you can naturally expect to see fewer miles.

Overall, Cooper has produced a solid performing UHP summer tire that ranks in the upper half of this class.

What Vehicles Will The RS3-S Fit?

(This is not a complete list of ALL vehicles this tire will fit)

  • Acura RSX, TSX, CSX   
  • Audi A3   
  • Bentley Continental   
  • BMW 3, 5 Series   
  • Chevrolet Corvette, Camaro   
  • Ferrari 599   
  • Ford Mustang   
  • Lexus IS 250, 350, GS450H   
  • Nissan 370Z, Maxima   
  • Pontiac Trans Am, GTO   
  • Porsche 911   

Tire Sizes


235/55R17 99W BLK
205/50R17 93W XL BLK
225/50R17 98W XL BLK
215/45R17 91W XL BLK
225/45R17 94W XL BLK
235/45R17 97Y XL BLK
245/45R17 95Y BLK
245/40R17 91W BLK
275/40R17 98W BLK


235/50R18 97W BLK
225/45R18 95W XL BLK
245/45R18 96Y BLK
225/40R18 92Y XL BLK
235/40R18 95Y XL BLK
245/40R18 97Y XL BLK
255/40R18 99Y XL BLK
275/40R18 99Y BLK
255/35R18 90Y BLK
275/35R18 99Y XL BLK


255/40R19 100Y XL BLK
235/35R19 91Y XL BLK
245/35R19 93Y XL BLK
255/35R19 96Y XL BLK
265/35R19 98Y XL BLK
285/35R19 99Y BLK
325/30R19 105Y XL BLK


245/45R20 103Y XL BLK
245/40R20 99Y XL BLK
275/40R20 106Y XL BLK
255/35R20 97W XL BLK
275/35R20 102W XL BLK
305/35R20 107Y XL BLK

Price Range

Prices on the RS3-S range from approximately $120 and up.

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The RS3-S comes with a 20,000 mile tread wear warranty, which is rare for a summer high performance tire. There is also a first 2/32 inch of wear tire uniformity guarantee.

Materials and workmanship are warranted for life and include free replacement during the first 25% of wear. Cooper follows that up with a prorated amount down to the last 2/32 inch of useable tread left on the tire.

You’ll also get Cooper’s 45 day road test drive. If you are not completely satisfied with the tires you can exchange them for another Cooper model.

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2 thoughts on “Cooper Zeon RS3-S Tire Review & Rating

  1. This is my second set as my first set wore out in what i thought was prematurely, being in Canada they have a i think 36 000 km warranty, the first set i bought I got less than 10 000 km’s out of and they were worn out. so I bit the bullet and got a deal on the new set because the retailer I dealt with realized the lack of time I had them on. I bought the same tire again and am currently at 8’000 km’s and 3 out of the 4 tires are worn out. I drive mostly Highway with maybe 10% city driving, so this is a HUGE shock, I do not recommend these tires at all, and will not be buying Cooper tires again.

  2. I put a set of these on my Challenger RT. Big improvement over the factory tires. Quieter, smoother ride, and they grip the road very nicely! I’m very impressed

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