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Mar 28, 2012
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One of the best (and easiest) ways of improving your car’s performance is to upgrade to some nice, sticky rubber. However, we realize that not everyone can roll on summer tires year-round — after all, there are seasons, and costs, to consider. What we have here is a list of many of the best tire options readily available today for varying driving conditions and budgets. Remember that tires with a lower treadwear rating (UTQG) will tend to be stickier, which is great for dry-weather performance, but they won’t last as long as higher-UTQG tires.

Continental
Extreme Contact DW Tuned
UTQG 280
Sizes 17–20"
Widths 205–295
Type All season high performance
conti-online.com

Continental
Extreme Contact DWS
UTQG 540
Sizes 16–24"
Widths 195–315
Type All season high performance
conti-online.com

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Hankook
Ventus Z214
R-compound
UTQG 40
Sizes 13–18"
Widths 205–275
Type DOT-legal grooved racing slick
hankooktireusa.com

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Toyo
Proxes R888
R-compound
UTQG 100
Sizes 13–20"
Widths 185–335
Type DOT-legal competition tire
toyotires.com

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Hankook
Ventus RS-3
UTQG 280
Sizes 17–21"
Widths 205–305
Type Ultra high performance
hankooktireusa.com

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Hankook
Ventus V4-ES
UTQG 420
Sizes 15–24"
Widths 175–295
Type Ultra high performance
hankooktireusa.com

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Hankook
Ventus V12 Evo
UTQG 280
Sizes 17–21"
Widths 205–305
Type Ultra high performance
hankooktireusa.com

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Bridgestone
Potenza RE760 Sport
UTQG 340
Sizes 16–20"
Widths 195–295
Type Ultra high performance
bridgestonetire.com

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Falken
RT615K
UTQG 200
Sizes 14–18"
Widths 195–315
Type Ultra high performance
falkentire.com

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Falken
FK452
UTQG 300
Sizes 16–24"
Widths 205–315
Type Ultra high performance
falkentire.com

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Yokohama Advan
A048
R-compound
UTQG 60
Sizes 15–18"
Widths 195–315
Type DOT-legal competition tire
yokohamatire.com

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Yokohama Advan
S.4
UTQG 400
Sizes 16–19"
Widths 205–275
Type Ultra high performance
yokohamatire.com

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BFGoodrich
G-Force R1
R-compound
UTQG 040
Sizes 15–18"
Widths 205–335
Type DOT-legal competition tire
bfgoodrichtires.com

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Yokohama Advan
Neova AD08
UTQG 180
Sizes 15–19"
Widths 205–295
Type Ultra high performance
yokohamatire.com

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Yokohama Advan
Sport
UTQG 400
Sizes 17–22"
Widths 205–315
Type Ultra high performance
yokohamatire.com

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Yokohama Advan
S. Drive
UTQG 300
Sizes 15–20"
Widths 175–275
Type Ultra high performance
yokohamatire.com

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Maxxis
Victra MA-Z1
UTQG 280
Sizes 16–18"
Widths 185–285
Type Ultra high performance
maxxis.com

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BFGoodrich
G-Force Sport COMP-2
UTQG 340
Sizes 15–20"
Widths 195–285
Type Ultra high performance
bfgoodrichtires.com

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Maxxis
Victra Z4S
UTQG 400
Sizes 15–24"
Widths 195–255
Type Ultra high performance drift
maxxis.com

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Dunlop
Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec
UTQG 200
Sizes 14–18"
Widths 185–275
Type Ultra high performance
dunloptires.com

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Dunlop
SP Sport Maxx GT
UTQG 240
Sizes 17–21"
Widths 235–325
Type Ultra high performance
dunloptires.com

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Hoosier
A6
R-compound
UTQG 040
Sizes 13–19"
Widths 205–275
Type DOT-legal competition tire
hoosiertire.com

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Bridgestone
Potenza RE-11
UTQG 180
Sizes 15–19"
Widths 195–305
Type Ultra high performance
bridgestonetire.com

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Goodyear
Eagle F1 Supercar
UTQG 220
Sizes 17–20"
Widths 225–325
Type Ultra high performance
goodyear.com

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Goodyear
GS-D3
UTQG 280
Sizes 16–21"
Widths 205–315
Type Ultra high performance
goodyear.com

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General
G-MAX AS-03
UTQG 480
Sizes 15–20"
Widths 195–275
Type All season high performance
generaltire.com

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Continental
ContiSport Contact 5 P
UTQG 280
Sizes 18–21"
Widths 235–305
Type Ultra high performance
conti-online.com

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Cooper
Zeon 2SX
UTQG 280
Sizes 16–20"
Widths 205–285
Type Ultra high performance
coopertire.com

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Nexen
N8000
UTQG 280
Sizes 16–20"
Widths 205–275
Type All season high performance
nexentireusa.com

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Toyo
Proxes 1
UTQG 240
Sizes 18–19"
Widths 235–305
Type Ultra high performance
toyotires.com

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Toyo
Proxes T1 Sport
UTQG 240
Sizes 17–20"
Widths 215–285
Type Ultra high performance
toyotires.com

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Dunlop
SP Sport Maxx TT
UTQG 240
Sizes 16–22"
Widths 205–275
Type Ultra high performance
dunloptires.com

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Dunlop
Direzza DZ101
UTQG 300
Sizes 15–20"
Widths 195–275
Type Ultra high performance
dunloptires.com

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Sumitomo
HTR Z III
UTQG 300
Sizes 17–22"
Widths 205–295
Type Ultra high performance
sumitomotire.com

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BFGoodrich
KDW
UTQG 300
Sizes 16–24"
Widths 205–325
Type Ultra high performance
bfgoodrichtires.com

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Hankook
Ventus TD
R-compound
UTQG 080
Sizes 15–18"
Widths 195–295
Type DOT-legal competition tire
hankooktireusa.com

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Toyo
Proxes Extensa HP
UTQG 360
Sizes 16–20”
Widths 195–245
Type Ultra high performance
toyotires.com

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Kumho
Ecsta XS
UTQG 180
Sizes 15–19"
Widths 205–345
Type Ultra high performance
kumhotireusa.com

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Kumho
Ecsta LE Sport
UTQG 280
Sizes 16–20"
Widths 205–295
Type All season high performance
kumhotireusa.com

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Goodyear
Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
UTQG 300
Sizes 17–19"
Widths 215–285
Type All season high performance
goodyear.com

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Yokohama
YK-580

UTQG 580
Sizes 15–20"
Widths 195–265
Type All season high performance
discounttire.com

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Nitto
NT05
UTQG 200
Sizes 17–20"
Widths 225–335
Type Ultra high performance
nittotire.com

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Maxxis
Victra RC-1
R-compound
UTQG 100
Sizes 15–18"
Widths 205–305
Type DOT-legal competition tire
maxxis.com

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Nitto
NT01
R-compound
UTQG 100
Sizes 14–18"
Widths 205–315
Type DOT-legal competition tire
nittotire.com

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Bridgestone
Potenza S-04 Pole Position
UTQG 280
Sizes 16–20"
Widths 205–305
Type Ultra high performance
bridgestonetire.com

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Cooper
Zeon RS3
UTQG 220
Sizes 18–20"
Widths 275
Type Ultra high performance
coopertire.com

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Toyo
Proxes R1R
UTQG 140
Sizes 15–18"
Widths 195–275
Type Ultra high performance
toyotires.com

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Sources

Nitto Tire
Cypress, CA 90630
877-565-8448
www.nittotire.com
General Tire
Charlotte, NC 28288
800-847-3349
www.generaltire.com
Dunlop
Buffalo, NY 14207
716-879-8200
http://www.dunloptires.com
Continental Tires
www.ContinentalTire.com
Hankook Tire
Wayne, NJ 07470
973-406-3500
http://www.hankooktireusa.com
Yokohama Tire Corporation
Fullerton, CA 92831
800-722-9888
http://www.yokohamatire.com
Kumho Tires
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
800-445-8646
www.kumhousa.com
Falken Tire
Fontana, CA 92335
800-723-2553
http://www.falkentire.com
Toyo Tires
800-442-8696
www.toyotires.com
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co
Akron, OH 44316
330-796-2121
www.goodyeartires.com
Maxxis
Suwanee, GA 30024
800-462-9947
http://www.maxxis.com
Cooper Tire
Findlay, OH 45840
419-423-1321
www.coopertire.com
Hoosier Racing Tire
Lakeville , IN 46536
574-784-3152
http://www.hoosiertire.com
Sumitomo Tire
East Norriton, PA 19403
800-985-1449
http://www.sumitomotire.com

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