The Best Performance Tires
June 1, 2020
1. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
We'd bet you've heard of this one before. The Michelin Pilot Sport 4S is too good not to be on this list. If you're looking for a tire that can dominate on the track and still drive you home, this is it. Is it more expensive than some of the others on the list? Yes. But it's pretty incredible to see that you get some of the same technology that's used in the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, which is known to be one of the best racing tires on the market, in the Sport 4S. This tire combines what we love from Michelin's racing tires with the components you need to still be able to drive down the road every day.
2. Nitto NT05
The NT05 is another great performance tire and one of its highlights is simply the way it looks. This tire has a very aggressive tread design that will most definitely make your car look like it's ready to eat every other car at your track day for breakfast. The Nitto NT05 offers fantastic dry performance on both the track and the street. It can fall short in the wet traction department a little bit but since these are summer-only tires, your chances of driving through heavy rain is probably not that high.
3. Yokohama Advan AD08R
Next, we go old school with the Yokohama Advan AD08R. This tire performs very well on the track in both dry and wet conditions which we love. However, bringing them over to the road, you'll notice that they're a bit louder than some of the other tires on this list and they tend to wear down fairly quickly. That's okay though because you come to expect it when you're getting a tire that maximizes performance. Chances are you won't be throwing these on your completely stock base model Honda Civic, they'll probably be found on your weekend warrior that has a crazy loud exhaust. Then road noise doesn't matter much, does it?
4. Toyo Proxes R1R
This is definitely a fan favorite. The Toyo Proxes R1R is focused on control and small track style driving such as autocross. This is where it has performed the best. This is the tire that will be able to take a beating on the track and will get you back to the garage afterwards. The R1R is one of the stronger tires on this list in terms of wear. The tread pattern is incredibly aggressive and almost gives the illusion of a track only style tire. If you like to go to autocross or just do some canyon carving, the Toyo R1R is a fantastic choice.
5. Hankook Ventus RS3
Last but not least is the Hankook Ventus RS3. This is a great all around tire that will balance budget, track performance, and daily drivability. Unlike some of the others on this list, the Ventus RS3 isn't a loud tire. It also can withstand heat pretty well and has large evacuation channels to help make sure that you don't have any traction issues in the rain. This is a tough tire that will allow you some time on the track as well as on the street all for a pretty decent price. Finally, the styling of the Hanook Ventus RS3 is fantastic and will be sure to make your car look like it's ready to tear up the track.