So you have a nice sports car—your dream car, your baby. But the tires on it are looking pretty thin. How do you find the best tires for your car and lifestyle?
Things to Consider Before Tire Shopping
Most sports car drivers are looking for one thing: speed. To find the best tires for your sports car, consider these questions about your lifestyle, vehicle and driving needs:
- What kind of road conditions do you typically drive on and in what kinds of weather?Summer tires are often considered the default choice for sporty vehicles, since they are nice and sticky on the road, perfect for maneuverability. If you live somewhere where the seasons come and go, all-season tires provide a broader, all-purpose option, giving you solid traction during spring, summer and fall. (Not sure whether you want summer tires or all-season?Find out more with our blog post on the subject.)
- Is your sports car your “go everywhere, do everything” car or is it a summertime only, weekend cruiser? High-performance tires come standard on most sporty vehicles. They are designed for speed and handling, but can sometimes be noisy. If you prefer the speeds of the open highway and are looking for a quieter ride, then all things being equal, touring tires might be of more interest. If you go that route, always replace with (OE) original equipment recommended tires or better.
- Are your front and back tires the same size or are the rear wheels larger?Many coupes and convertibles use larger wheels in the back than in the front. This is called staggered fitmentand helps improve the overall performance of the vehicle. When you use our Tire Finder, if your car has staggered fitment, we’ll show both sizes.
Best Tire Brands for Sports Cars
If you’ve decided on summer high-performance tires, the Pirelli P ZERO,Continental ExtremeContact Sportand the Michelin Pilot Sport 4Stop several “best of” lists and, according to reviews, are reliable in both wet and dry conditions. They also receive good marks for treadwear performance.
If your sports car is also your daily driver, you may want to choose a good set of all-season high-performance tires. Try a Yokohama ADVAN SPORT A/S V405,Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Seasonor a Sumitomo HTR A/S P02, each an excellent choice in its own right.