Best Performance Tires

If you own a high-performance car or are performing upgrades to your vehicle, you may want to look at getting some ultra high performance tires.

Ultra high performance tires are appropriate for summer use only and place a priority on grip above all else. They are sometimes also referred to as max performance tires or extreme performance tires. An ultra high performance tire is denoted by a max speed rating of 149 mph or more.

Tires that fall into these categories have very high levels of grip on dry tarmac. You can drive a car with ultra high performance tires in the rain, however, they are best suited to dry surfaces.

You may want ultra high-performance tires if you enjoy going to the track, doing autocross events or doing some (safe and legal) canyon driving. These tires will, of course, be more expensive than all-season or regular performance tires.

In this post, we’re going to show you some of the best ultra high performance tires on sale today. We’ll tell what’s good about them, what’s bad about them and the applications and vehicle types they are best suited to. Afterward, we’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions in regard to buying ultra high performance tires, hopefully leaving you with enough knowledge to confidently buy the right set for yourself.

1.Michelin Pilot Super Sport

If you’re looking for a high-performance tire and don’t mind dropping a bit of cash, you don’t have to look any further than the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

This has long been the segment leader among ultra high performance tires. Not only does the Michelin Pilot Super Sport provide some of the highest levels of grip among all ultra high performance tires, they are well balanced. They perform well both in the dry and the wet, offer good road noise and comfort and are very durable.

If you’re still not convinced of the Michelin Pilot Super Sports’ superiority, they are the factory tire on a myriad of performance cars, such as the BMW M3. So not only do enthusiasts trust the Michelin PSS, manufacturers do too

Pros/Very high levels of grip in both dry and wet weather, Good noise and comfort, Durable

Cons/Pricy, Only suited for summer use

Bottom Line/One of the best ultra high performance tires you can spend your money on – if not the best.

2. Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

The Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position is another tire that offers very high levels of grip and performs very well in both dry and wet conditions. They are much heavier than the Michelin PSS, but offer similar levels of performance.

The Potenza S-04 Pole Position tires also provide relatively good ride comfort for an ultra high performance tire. One user on’s website expected to get roughly three summers out of the tires driving a 2014 MINI Roadster, which represents only decent tread life.

Like all ultra high-performance tires, we don’t recommend using these when the temperatures begin to cool. Heat is paramount to performance tires working well, so if there’s not enough of it your grip levels will fall sharply.

Pros/Awesome wet weather performance, Less expensive than competing tires

Cons/Heavy, Tread life is only average

Bottom Line/S-04 Pole Positions have amazing levels of grip in both the wet and dry, but are a bit heavy and can wear quickly

3. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2

The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 is the factory OEM tire on some of the world’s fastest cars, including the former Nurburgring lap record-holding Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Porsche doesn’t mess around when it comes to performance, so you know can trust the Sport Cup 2 to deliver on track. These tires deliver frankly absurd levels of grip in the dry, but the manufacturer doesn’t suggest driving with them in wet conditions. They will perform fine in regular wet conditions, but should not be used in standing water.

What they lack in wet weather performance they make up for just about everywhere else, though. As we said, the dry grip with these tires is very high, while durability is also good for such a performance-focused tire. Comfort and road levels are also adequate. If you have a high performance car that you use on track, it’s hard to go wrong with Pilot Sport Cup 2s.

Pros/Extremely high levels of dry weather grip, Durable

Cons/Expensive, Not designed for wet weather performance

Bottom Line/If it doesn’t rain a lot where you live and you love to drive fast, it’s hard to think of a more appropriate tire than the Pilot Sport Cup 2

4. Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R

The Yokohama Advan AD08 R is designed to offer high levels of grip in both wet and dry driving scenarios.

The aggressive tread on these tires can produce some loud road noise, but they provide extremely high levels of grip thanks to their soft, sticky compound. Track tests show that these are a consistent tire that doesn’t experience a large dip in performance once they become hot. If you want to turn in fast lap after fast lap over multiple sessions during a track day, the AD08 Rs are well suited to the task.

With a very soft, sticky compound and aggressive tread, these tires don’t have the balance of something like a Michelin Pilot Super Sport. For this reason they are great performance tires, but aren’t quite as well suited to road use. We’d say the AD08 R makes a perfect dedicated track day tire. They are also quite expensive, so using them on the track only could extend the life of the tread and save you money.

Pros/Extremely sticky and soft compound, Consistent performance

Cons/Expensive, Noisy

Bottom Line/Essentially a road-legal slick, the Advan AD08 R is well-suited to track use but is a bit noisy on the street

5. Hankook Ventus R-S4

The successor to the Hankook Ventus R-S3, the Ventus R-S4 delivers excellent handling and cornering performance. Featuring a new, carbon black and silica high-grip compound, the Ventus R-S4 sports a low-void, directional pattern. These tires deliver exceptional grip thanks to massive outboard shoulder blocks. A wide, continuous center rib contributes to immediate steering response.

The tire also improves on the R-S3’s issues with wet grip through the addition of highly dispersible silica, but they’re still not ideal to use in heavy rain. These high-performance tires take advantage of an extra reinforcement in the shoulder to handle performance driving, even on vehicles with high camber.

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Pros/Great performance for the price

Cons/Not good in the wet

Bottom Line/An well-performing, affordable ultra high performance tire – but wet weather performance leaves something to be desired

6. Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R

The Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R is a road-going semi-slick tire that is best suited to track usage only. They will wear extremely quickly on the street, so if you go for these soft and sticky tires, you may want to get a second set of wheels as your “track only” wheel and tire set.

These tires will provide extremely good dry traction, but may rob your car of some steering feel due to their extremely high levels of grip. They are also extremely loud on the road.

So while the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R is one of the best high-performance tires on the market today (they are even on the Nurburgring record holding Lamborghini Aventador SV J) they won’t perform well on the road as they wear quickly, are noisy and have low wet weather grip.

Pros/Very high dry grip, Perfect for track use

Cons/Low wet weather grip, Noisy, Wear quickly

Bottom Line/An ultra high performance semi-slick tire that’s perfectly suited for track use

7. Toyo Proxes R888 R

The Toyo Proxes R888 Rs are viewed as an alternative to the Pirelli Trofeo R, carrying a similarly soft compound and aggressive tread.

For that reason, they are best suited for use on a dry track. They have low wet weather grip and high road noise, making them a good tire to put on your car when you get to the track and take off before you leave. They are safe to drive on the road with, but not ideal.

These tires can be durable for an ultra high-performance tire and are competitively priced. If you want tons of grip and are willing to sacrifice a bit of road noise, comfort and durability to get it, R888 Rs may be the tire you’re searching for.

Pros/Very high dry grip, Durable for such an aggressive tire

Cons/Low wet weather grip, Very noisy

Bottom Line/A very noisy tire with low wet weather grip – but it performs great on a dry track

Carlos G. Hill

Carlos G. Hill

Carlos joined TireReview in 2019 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire, Professional Motorsport World, Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and Crash test Technology International

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