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      12-05-2011, 04:31 PM   #1
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New tires for 2012

Hello everyone,

I am going to be purchasing a dedicated summer set of wheels and tires after I get my tax refund check and I was thinking that it might be a good idea to wait a few months for the new tires to hit the market.

What new tires we should be looking forward to in 2012? I am mostly interested in the Extreme Performance Summer and Ultra High Performance Summer categories.

Currently I am looking at either the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1s but I was wondering what the other tire makers will be offering next summer as contenders?
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Save some time researching and just get some Pilot Super Sports. They are the best rated tires in the class you are looking in. I love mine! I daily drive, track, and 1/4 in them and they are great in all 3. They are a more expensive that most Extreme summers (RE-11's are the highest) but well worth it as a car's shoes are the most important mod IMO.
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The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is in a lower performance category than the Dunlop Direzza's so I am not sure if those two tires should even be compared side by side.

Also, those are last year's models. I am trying to find out what we should be expecting as a new tires for 2012.

Thanks for the feedback though!
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You're right, they are categorized under 2 different names. But when you put them side by side, the PSS outperform all the Extreme summers (wet and dry traction). The only thing the D1's have better is their weight. The RE-11's are great tires too, especially for the track or auto-x, however, they wear out fast! I have several friends with them on their M's and they go though rears about every 10K. I don't think 2012 tires have been anounced yet, although I don't see much new advancement.
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But when you put them side by side, the PSS outperform all the Extreme summers (wet and dry traction).
...Interesting!

Is this by comparing the respective "points" from tirerack.com test results or is this from personal experience?

Because Tirerack has those ratings:

Dunlop Direzza Dry Track Cornering Stability - 8.48
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/...y.jsp?ttid=118

Micheling Pilot Super Sport Dry Track Corenring Stability - 8.62
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/...y.jsp?ttid=148

Also, are those numbers really comparable between tire categories? My understanding is that those results are numeric points which are used to compare tires within each category, not across multiple categories.
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I am looking into Michelin Pilot Super Sport and indeed, this is an impressive tire:

* lighter than Dunlops
* Lasts a bit longer
* Better specs (if the numbers are comparable between categories)

Thanks for pointing it out!
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I was just going off the tires individual catagories (wet traction, dry traction, steering response, etc) But tests like lateral G's, brake distance, tread wear are not subjective. I have personal experience in; PSS, PS2, RE'11, DW, V12, Invos, and Falken 542's and the PSS are by far my favorite when you take all things into account. If the RE11's had better tread wear I would almost recommend them above all, but that's not the case. Ideally I would have seperate track tires, drag radials, and DW's for daily drivers, but that's not my case....so PSS work well for what I do. They are like the 335, not the best at one thing but good at everything.
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Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts!

So the real question remains is whether the ratings for each tire are comparable between different categories...
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I was just going off the tires individual catagories (wet traction, dry traction, steering response, etc) But tests like lateral G's, brake distance, tread wear are not subjective. I have personal experience in; PSS, PS2, RE'11, DW, V12, Invos, and Falken 542's and the PSS are by far my favorite when you take all things into account. If the RE11's had better tread wear I would almost recommend them above all, but that's not the case. Ideally I would have seperate track tires, drag radials, and DW's for daily drivers, but that's not my case....so PSS work well for what I do. They are like the 335, not the best at one thing but good at everything.
Very nice experience!! thanks for sharing!!
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Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts!

So the real question remains is whether the ratings for each tire are comparable between different categories...
You're correct that they are not comparable between different categories.

Keep in mind that tire models don't change every year, or even every other year. The previous generation of Michelin's top summer tire, the PS2, was the top tire in its class for over six years. It appears that the Super Sport will likely dominate this category for a long time to come.

The Direzza Z1 Star Spec has a stiffer ride and faster steering response, but is louder and has faster wear than the Super Sport. It is a great bang-for-the-buck autocross/high performance street tire but does not approach the Super Sport in road manners or wear.

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Gary,

First of all, thanks for posting in this thread!

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You're correct that they are not comparable between different categories.
Aha! I knew it!

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It appears that the Super Sport will likely dominate this category for a long time to come.
Thanks! Good to know!

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The Direzza Z1 Star Spec has a stiffer ride and faster steering response, but is louder and has faster wear than the Super Sport. It is a great bang-for-the-buck autocross/high performance street tire but does not approach the Super Sport in road manners or wear.
That's what I was getting as a feedback from the other fellow BMW autocrossers in the area as well.

So, the Direzza Z1 will actually outperform the Pilot Super Sport on the track, is that correct?

Thanks again!
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The Z1 Star Spec should have a slight advantage in track use, but we have not tested the two side by side on the track so I cannot say for sure.
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You're correct that they are not comparable between different categories.

Keep in mind that tire models don't change every year, or even every other year. The previous generation of Michelin's top summer tire, the PS2, was the top tire in its class for over six years. It appears that the Super Sport will likely dominate this category for a long time to come.

The Direzza Z1 Star Spec has a stiffer ride and faster steering response, but is louder and has faster wear than the Super Sport. It is a great bang-for-the-buck autocross/high performance street tire but does not approach the Super Sport in road manners or wear.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/a.jsp?a=AH8&...ires/index.jsp
It is really very useful post. And most important the link gives a very nice info about the tires. Nice sharing!!
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Super Sports!

Nice tire.....this types of tires are very helpful during sports racing...thanks for sharing...!!
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Quote:
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You're correct that they are not comparable between different categories.

Keep in mind that tire models don't change every year, or even every other year. The previous generation of Michelin's top summer tire, the PS2, was the top tire in its class for over six years. It appears that the Super Sport will likely dominate this category for a long time to come.

The Direzza Z1 Star Spec has a stiffer ride and faster steering response, but is louder and has faster wear than the Super Sport. It is a great bang-for-the-buck autocross/high performance street tire but does not approach the Super Sport in road manners or wear.

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Great thread..

So between the PS2 and Super Sports..The Super Sports are more superior IYO?
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I agree with you, Tibra1........It is really a nice thread......I think Super Sports are more superior....!!
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Yes, the Super Sport is indeed the better tire and designed to replace the older PS2 design.
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Yes, the Super Sport is indeed the better tire and designed to replace the older PS2 design.
I agreed!! super sport tires are more better than PS2 design tires.
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I wish the super sport where available in RFT...

I'm in need to replace the oem bridgestone RFT on MY2007 335i coupe as my right rear inside wall is almost gone and wires showing....

Anyone have experience with PS3 on a 335i?

Will either the super sport or PS3 be available in RFT?

I'm hesitant to go non RFT as I live in Greece and although the roads are shitty and RFT get on my nerves in every pot hole i hit...the fear of being stuck in some remote, shitty , small road, needing a flat bed scares me off....

Also, my front tires have plenty of thread on them....If I leave them on what are your thoughts on having bridgestone RFT's up front and not RFT in the back??

Thanks for the input.
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Bump...Anybody that can chime in? I need to make a decission fairly quick.
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Mixing tires with different tread pattern or runflats with non rft is not recommended.
I would take the runflats on the front off and try to sell them.
Then get yourself 4 decent Michelin non runflats and you're good to go.
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