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Performance Tire Buyer's Guide

No single upgrade improves performance more than a sticky set of tires.

Jan 16, 2014

Toyo Tires
Proxes RS1

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Category: Full-Slicks (not street legal)
Available Sizes: 245/640R18, 285/650R18, 285/680R18, 335/710R18
Tread Depth: n/a
UTQG Rating: n/a
toyotires.com

Achilles Radial
GS-328

Performance tire buyers guide achilles radial GS 328 Photo 2/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Achilles Radial GS 328

Category: Full-Slicks (not street legal)
Available Sizes: 19/57-15, 24/61-17, 31/71-18, 27/65-18, 30/65-18, 24/65-19, 29/68-19, 27/67-19
Tread Depth: n/a
UTQG Rating: n/a
achillesmotorsportsllc.com

BFGoodrich
g-Force R1-S

Performance tire buyers guide BFgoodrich g force R1 s Photo 3/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Bfgoodrich G Force R1 S

Category: Track & Competition DOT
Available Sizes: 15- to 18-inch diameters, widths from 205 to 335 mm
Tread Depth: 4⁄32
UTQG Rating: 40 B A
bfgoodrichtires.com

Hoosier
A6

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Category: Track & Competition DOT
Available Sizes: 13- to 19-inch diameters, widths from 205 to 345 mm
Tread Depth: 4⁄32
UTQG Rating: 40 C A
hoosiertire.com

Yokohama
Advan A048

Performance tire buyers guide yokohama advan a048 Photo 5/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Yokohama Advan A048

Category: Track & Competition DOT
Available Sizes: 15- to 18-inch rim diameters, widths from 195 to 295 mm
Tread Depth: 6⁄32
UTQG Rating: 60 A A
yokohamatire.com

Continental
contiforcecontact

Performance tire buyers guide continental contiforcecontact Photo 6/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Continental Contiforcecontact

Category: Track & Competition DOT
Available Sizes: 18- to 20-inch rim diameters, widths from 225 to 325 mm
Tread Depth: 6.5-7⁄32
UTQG Rating: 80 AA A
continental-tires.com

Performance tire buyers guide hankook ventus TD Photo 7/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Hankook Ventus TD

Hankook
Ventus TD (Z221)

Category: Track & Competition DOT
Available Sizes: 15- to 18-inch rim diameters, widths from 195 to 285 mm
Tread Depth: 6.5⁄32
UTQG Rating: 80 A A
ventustd.com

Performance tire buyers guide nitto NT01 Photo 8/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Nitto NT01

Nitto
NT01

Category: Track & Competition DOT
Available Sizes: 14- to 18-inch diameters, widths from 205 to 315 mm
Tread Depth: 6.3⁄32
UTQG Rating: 100 AA A
nittotire.com

Toyo Tires
Proxes R888

Performance tire buyers guide toyo tires proxes r888 Photo 9/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Toyo Tires Proxes R888

Category: Track & Competition DOT
Available Sizes: 13- to 20-inch rim diameters, widths range from 185 to 335 mm
Tread Depth: 6⁄32
UTQG Rating: 100 AA A
toyotires.com

Maxxis
Victra RC-1

Performance tire buyers guide maxxis victra RC 1 Photo 10/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Maxxis Victra RC 1

Category: Track & Competition DOT
Available Sizes: 15- to 18-inch diameters, widths from 205 to 275 mm
Tread Depth: n/a
UTQG Rating: 100 AA A
maxxis.com

Toyo Tires
Proxes R1R

Performance tire buyers guide toyo tires proxes R1R Photo 11/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Toyo Tires Proxes R1R

Category: Extreme Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 15- to 18-inch rim diameters, widths range from 195 to 275 mm
Tread Depth: 8⁄32
UTQG Rating: 140 AA A
toyotires.com

Yokohama
Advan Neova AD08 R

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Category: Extreme Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 15- to 19-inch rim diameters, widths from 205 to 305 mm
Tread Depth: 9-10⁄32
UTQG Rating: 180 AA A
yokohamatire.com

Kumho
Ecsta XS

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Category: Extreme Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 15 to 19-inch rim diameters, widths from 205 to 315 mm
Tread Depth: 8⁄32
UTQG Rating: 180 AA A
kumhotireusa.com

BFGoodrich
g-Force Rival

Performance tire buyers guide BFgoodrich g force rival Photo 14/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Bfgoodrich G Force Rival

Category: Extreme Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 15- to 20-inch diameters, widths from 205 to 335 mm
Tread Depth: 7.2⁄32
UTQG Rating: 200 AA A
bfgoodrichtires.com

Dunlop
Direzza ZII

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Category: Extreme Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 14- to 19-inch diameters, widths from 165 to 285 mm
Tread Depth: 9⁄32
UTQG Rating: 200 A A
dunloptires.com

Bridgestone
Potenza RE-11A

Performance tire buyers guide bridgestone potenza RE 11A Photo 16/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Bridgestone Potenza RE 11A

Category: Extreme Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 15- to 18-inch diameters, widths from 195 to 255 mm
Tread Depth: 9⁄32
UTQG Rating: 200 A A
bridgestone.com

Hankook
Ventus R-S3

Performance tire buyers guide hankook ventus r s3 Photo 17/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Hankook Ventus R S3

Category: Extreme Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 15- to 20-inch rim diameters, widths from 205 to 305 mm
Tread Depth: 8.8⁄32
UTQG Rating: 140 or 200 (depending on size) A A
hankooktireusa.com

Falken
Azenis RT615K

Performance tire buyers guide falken azenis RT615K Photo 18/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Falken Azenis RT615K

Category: Extreme Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 14- to 18-inch rim diameters, widths from 195 to 315 mm
Tread Depth: 8⁄32
UTQG Rating: 200 A A
falkentire.com

Nitto
NT05

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Category: Max Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 17- to 20-inch diameters, widths from 225 to 335 mm
Tread Depth: 7.2⁄32
UTQG Rating: 200 AA A
nittotire.com

Achilles
123S

Performance tire buyers guide achilles 123S Photo 20/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Achilles 123S

Category: Max Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 17- to 18-inch rim diameters, widths from 205 to 265 mm
Tread Depth: 6-11⁄32 (depending on size)
UTQG Rating: 220 AA A
achillesmotorsportsllc.com

Dunlop
Sport Maxx RT

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Category: Max Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 17- to 19-inch diameters, widths from 225 to 275 mm
Tread Depth: 10⁄32
UTQG Rating: 240 AA A
dunloptires.com

Goodyear
Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2

Performance tire buyers guide goodyear eagle f1 asymmetric 2 Photo 22/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2

Category: UHP Summer
Available Sizes: 17- to 20-inch rim diameters, widths from 215 to 285 mm
Tread Depth: 9-11⁄32 (depending on size)
UTQG Rating: 240 AA A or 300 AA A (depending on size)
goodyear.com

Nexen
N9000

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Category: Max Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 16- to 20-inch rim diameters, widths from 205 to 255 mm
Tread Depth: 10⁄32
UTQG Rating: 260 AA A
nexentireusa.com

Kumho
Ecsta LE Sport

Performance tire buyers guide kumho ecsta LE sport Photo 24/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Kumho Ecsta LE Sport

Category: Max Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 16- to 20-inch rim diameters, widths from 205 to 295 mm
Tread Depth: 9.5-10⁄32 (depending on size)
UTQG Rating: 280 AA A
kumhotireusa.com

Continental
ContiSportContact 5P

Performance tire buyers guide continental contisportcontact 5P Photo 25/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Continental Contisportcontact 5P

Category: Max Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 18- to 21-inch rim diameters, widths from 225 to 305 mm
Tread Depth: 10⁄32
UTQG Rating: 280 AA A
conti-online.com

Maxxis
Victra MA-Z1

Performance tire buyers guide maxxis victra MA z1 Photo 26/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Maxxis Victra MA Z1

Category: Max Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 14- to 24-inch rim diameters, widths from 185 to 285 mm
Tread Depth: 9-11⁄32 (depending on size)
UTQG Rating: 280 AA A
maxxis.com

Bridgestone
Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Performance tire buyers guide bridgestone potenza s 04 pole position Photo 27/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Bridgestone Potenza S 04 Pole Position

Category: Max Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 16- to 20-inch rim diameters, widths from 205 to 305 mm
Tread Depth: 10⁄32
UTQG Rating: 280 AA A
bridgestone.com

Yokohama
S.drive

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Category: UHP Summer
Available Sizes: 14- to 20-inch rim diameters, widths from 185 to 285 mm
Tread Depth: 10⁄32
UTQG Rating: 300 AA A
yokohamatire.com

Michelin
Pilot Super Sport

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Category: Max Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 17- to 22-inch diameters, widths from 205 to 345 mm
Tread Depth: 7-10⁄32 (depending on size)
UTQG Rating: 300 AA A
michelinman.com

Falken
Azenis FK-453

Performance tire buyers guide falken azenis FK 453 Photo 30/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Falken Azenis FK 453

Category: Max Performance Summer
Available Sizes: 17- to 22-inch rim diameters, widths from 205 to 305 mm
Tread Depth: 9-10⁄32 (depending on size)
UTQG Rating: 300 AA A
falkentire.com

Mickey Thompson
Street Comp

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Category: UHP Summer
Available Sizes: 17- to 20-inch rim diameters, widths from 225 to 285 mm
Tread Depth: 10⁄32
UTQG Rating: 300 AA A
mickeythompsontires.com

Cooper
Zeon RS3-S

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Category: UHP Summer
Available Sizes: 17- to 20-inch rim diameters, widths from 205 to 285 mm
Tread Depth: 10⁄32
UTQG Rating: 300 AA A
coopertire.com

Nexen
N'Fera SU1

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Category: UHP Summer
Available Sizes: 16- to 20-inch rim diameters, widths from 185 to 275 mm
Tread Depth: 9.5⁄32
UTQG Rating: 300 AA A
nexentireusa.com

Continental
ExtremeContact DW

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Category: UHP Summer
Available Sizes: 16- to 21-inch rim diameters, widths from 205 to 295 mm
Tread Depth: 10-11⁄32 (depending on size)
UTQG Rating: 340 AA A
conti-online.com

BFGoodrich
g-Force Sport Comp-2

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Category: UHP Summer
Available Sizes: 15- to 20-inch diameters, widths from 195 to 285 mm
Tread Depth: 10⁄32
UTQG Rating: 340 AA A
bfgoodrichtires.com

Bridgestone
Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

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Category: UHP All-Season
Available Sizes: 16- to 20-inch rim diameters, widths from 205 to 295 mm
Tread Depth: 11⁄32
UTQG Rating: 400 AA A
bridgestone.com

Maxxis
Victra Z4S

Performance tire buyers guide maxxis victra Z4S Photo 37/40   |   Performance Tire Buyers Guide Maxxis Victra Z4S

Category: UHP All-Season
Available Sizes: 15- to 20-inch diameters, widths from 185 to 255 mm
Tread Depth: 10⁄32
UTQG Rating: 420 AA A
maxxis.com

General
G-Max AS-03

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Category: UHP All-Season
Available Sizes: 15- to 20-inch rim diameters, widths from 195 to 275 mm
Tread Depth: 10-11⁄32 (depending on size)
UTQG Rating: 480 A A
generaltire.com

Hankook
Ventus S1 Nobel2

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Category: UHP All-Season
Available Sizes: 16- to 20-inch diameters, widths from 205 to 285 mm
Tread Depth: 10-11⁄32 (depending on size)
UTQG Rating: 500 AA A
hankooktireusa.com

Cooper
Zeon RS3-A

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Category: UHP All-Season
Available Sizes: 16- to 20-inch rim diameters, widths from 205 to 275 mm
Tread Depth: 10.5⁄32
UTQG Rating: 500 AA A
coopertire.com

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