Dunlop SP Sport Maxx Tire Review & Rating

Built to deliver high performance traction and cornering grip, the SP Sport Maxx from Dunlop enhances driving enjoyment on today’s sports cars, coupes and sedans. Dunlop has used the latest in tire technology to provide car enthusiasts with a tire that offers exhilarating performance, while also maintaining a smooth and comfortable ride.

An Integral Rubber Matrix tread compound that is formulated with silica and carbon black is designed to increase traction as well as braking and acceleration capabilities. The Multi Radius Tread design sports a directional tread pattern and larger shoulder blocks for added cornering grip. A continuous center rib provides more responsive steering throughout the speed range, which is a real strength for this tire.

Dunlop SP Sport Maxx Tire Review

Dunlop’s Twin Hydro-Paddle ribs channel away water for enhanced wet handling. They push water out both sides of the tire and lower the risk of hydroplaning on wet road surfaces. Road noise is reduced through Dunlop’s 5-block tread design, which makes for a more enjoyable ride. Many drivers have mentioned how much quieter this tire in various reviews.

Inside the tread you will find two steel belts with JointLess Band reinforcement that adds more strength and durability to the tread. A rayon cord casing provides increased comfort and stability. You’ll also find a built-in rim protector that helps prevent curb damage to your wheels. 17-20 sizes are available on the SP Sport Maxx, and a DSST run flat version is also available.


  • Outstanding dry traction and cornering grip   
  • Wet handling is excellent   
  • Steering is crisp and responsive   
  • Ride comfort is surprisingly good   


  • Treadlife may be shorter for more spirited drivers   
  • Not for driving in cold or winter weather conditions   

Overall Thoughts

The Sport Maxx is one of the better high performance summer tires on the market. While perhaps not quite up to the level of the Super Sport from Michelin, this tire does provide outstanding dry and wet traction, along with excellent cornering grip and a lower price than the Michelin.

Ride quality is very good for a low profile tire like this. Some drivers have mentioned a lower treadlife, but this may be the result of driving habits since others have said treadlife has been better than expected. Overall, we rank this model in the upper half of its class.

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What Vehicles Will The Sport Maxx Fit?

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

  • Audi A8, Q7, A3, A4, TT   
  • BMW 760Li, 325i, X5, M3, 540i   
  • Chevrolet Corvette, Camaro, Cobalt   
  • Dodge Charger RT, Magnum   
  • Ford Focus ZX4, Mustang GT   
  • Honda Civic, S2000   
  • Infiniti G35, G37   
  • Jaguar XF, XJL, XKR   
  • Lexus LS460, IS300   
  • Mazda RX-8, Mazda3   
  • Mercedes-Benz GL450, GL320, SLK32, S500, C230, S430   
  • Mitsubishi Lancer   
  • Nissan Maxima, 350Z, Altima   
  • Pontiac GTO, Trans Am   
  • Porsche 911   
  • Saab 9-3, 9-5   
  • Saturn Ion   
  • Subaru Impreza WRX   
  • Volkswagen GTi, Jetta, Passat, Golf   

Tire Sizes


225/45R17 90W BSW
245/45R17 95W BSW
225/50R17 94W BSW


225/40R18 88Y BSW
255/40R18 95Y BSW
235/45R18 94Y BSW
P245/45R18 96V BSW
P225/50R18 94V BSW
P235/50R18 97V XL BSW
235/50R18 97W XL BSW


265/35R19 94Y BSW
235/40R19 96Y XL BSW
P245/45R19 98V BSW
245/45R19 98Y BSW


285/30ZR20 99Y XL BLT
255/35ZR20 97Y XL BLT
255/35R20 97Y XL BLT

Price Range

Dunlop SP Sport Maxx prices range from approximately $160 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Dunlop provides a limited tread warranty on the Sport Maxx. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. Materials and workmanship are warranted for 6-years and include free replacement during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

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