View Full Version : C/D Article: Performance Tire Comparsion

11-08-2005, 02:09 PM
11 tires in all...details can be found at http://www.caranddriver.com/article.asp?section_id=4&article_id=10252&page_number=1.

Hopefully, it is not too late to update the Christmas list!

11-09-2005, 01:01 PM
Thanks for the article! Since I'll be running an ST autoX class next year, this information was very valuable to me.

11-10-2005, 11:38 AM
I'm so glad to see the Kumho MX I used for autocrossing this year finished LAST in their tests!!
In the dry tests, the Kumhos felt stable and easy to drive and gave plenty of warning of the approaching traction limit. The tires recovered well once that limit was crossed. They didn't offer much grip (0.92 g versus the best at 0.95), and the time of 30.28 seconds in the dry autocross was 0.62 second slower than the fastest tire. That may not seem like much, but our test course was only 0.3 mile long, and on a longer track, the gap would be commensurately greater.

It was tricky driving the Kumho in the wet, however, because once the tire started sliding, it took seemingly forever to recover and regain traction. Geswein determined it was simply "slippery."

11-11-2005, 07:47 AM
I see why the test results ended up so different than Tire Rack tests. They took into account price and "tread wear." Using the tread wear numbers that don't mean anything related to real life, especially when compared across brands.