In the winter you want a softer rubber, intricate treading and grippy block patterns, for the summer you’ll want a harder rubber and a tread pattern with as much surface area as possible to provide the most grip. This increases the tire surface area that’s in contact with the road and allows them to perform their best at higher temperatures, begetting more grip. Warm weather, clear skies and and an open road — summer and sticky performance tires were meant for each other. Just like every other season, to get the most out of your car’s performance, the right rubber at each corner makes all the difference.
You paid good money for the performance built into your car, so why not spend a little more on some summer rubber and get the maximum amount of G’s in every corner? These are the nine summer tires you can trust to give you the most street-legal grip, corner after corner, on those perfect driving days.
Pirelli P Zero $258+ per tire
Michelin Pilot Super Sport $415+ per tire
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 $267+ per tire
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 $133+ per tire
Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car G: 2 $202+
Continental Extreme Contact DW $221+
BFGoodrich G-Force SPort Comp 2 $198+
Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec $309+
Yokohama Advan Sport $219+
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