Back in the day, all-season tires weren’t much to talk about unless it was coming from a salesman's mouth. All-season tires are to be a “jack-of-all-trades” and inherently a master of one. That still plays into the all-season tire market but the gap is closing. 10 to 15 years ago Silica compounds in tire design did not exist. Favoring dry conditions, carbon black materials were the only option. Since, high-silica compounds and distribution techniques have bettered the wet-to-dry performance of all-season tires.
“All-season tires are always a compromise. You are asking one product to do multiple things. 40 years ago this segment lacked everywhere. Today there’s been much improvement without as many extreme compromises. The Comp-2 A/S tire definitely lets you go have fun in the dry,” said Jeff Cummings BFGoodrich Driving Experience Manager.
We saw this first hand during a BFGoodrich g-Force Comp-2 A/S tire test hosted at Wild Horse Pass Raceway (formerly Firebird) in Chandler, AZ. The new offering is said to be, “our best ultra high-performance all-season tire ever.” 59 available sizes means the g-Force Comp-2 A/S will fit a large range of tuner to SUV platforms too.
According to Dirk McDonald, BFGoodrich Ultra-High Performance Product Manager, “Tire formulas are always improving. Each new chemical equals a new opportunity. The g-Force Comp-2 A/S is a new recipe using old ingredients.”
From a g-Force Comp-2 A/S design standpoint, large rigid tread blocks across and around the exterior work to improve contact patch and dry grip. V-shape lateral and longitudinal groves help water escape the tread pattern. Also of note is the Dynamic Suspension System or reinforced internal structure that ups comfort and control. Priced in the Tier 2 arena, expect it to be affordable. With that said BFGoodrich let us loose on its new performance all-season tire.
First up, we stepped into the Scion FR-S, three models were available each outfitted with a different tire: BFGoodrich g-Force Comp 2 A/S, Yokohama Avid Envigor and the budget General G-Max AS 03. Each car was lapped twice around a tight parking lot cones course before switching to the next car. All tire pressures were filled to OE specs, according to BFG.
Sean: The BFG held the most consistent feel and stepped out and pushed the least under hard corner entry/exit compared to the others. Stop feel was very similar to the Yokohama. Overall, I’d feel safe getting a little heavy footed in the canyon with this mild-sport offering.
Jofel: The BFG felt a tad faster coming into the slalom section. I was able to hit the medium speed corners with complete confidence. The General tire on the other hand, had me feeling a bit hesitant to slam on the acceleration pedal.
Mirroring the dry course, the wet course put us in 2015 Ford Mustang V6 models. Sprinklers kept the surface slick.
Sean: Again, the BFG gave the least surprises on a slick surface under a “hard” street throttle – body roll minimal. Let’s just say General makes for a good drift tire. Braking was again comparable to the Envigor.
Jofel: This is where I noticed the biggest difference between the BFG and the competitors. The Mustang has quite a lot more power than the FR-S and when I was in the competitor’s tires it was clear that I had to do wrestle with the car. The BFG were responsive and wheelwork was kept to a minimal.
Using an adjacent circuit, the back and front straights were then used for wet and dry braking, respectively, from 55mph while in a new Audi A5. Instead of using the General for comparison a Hankook Ventus S1 Noble 2 took its place.
Sean: The stopping feel was very similar with all three tires during this portion. They all worked well and that’s what matters.
Jofel: For the sake of science, BFG measured our stop distances in both wet and dry conditions. Clearly by looking at the data, the g-Force Comp-2 outperformed the Hankook Ventus.
Initial rollout of the BFGoodrich g-Force Comp-2 A/S begins in April. Pricing is TBA but expect per tire cost to be in the $160-$180 range – a 45,000 mile treadwear warranty included. Keep this all-season option in mind if you’re an enthusiast daily driver that needs longevity, affordability and moderate grip in dry-to-slick situations.