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In its August 2017 issue, Car & Driver tested five 245/40R-18 max summer performance tires using a BMW 430i.

Here were the rankings:

1. Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S (149 points)- $198
2. Continental Extreme Contact Sport (144 points)- $164
3. Pirelli P Zero (125 points)- $153
4. Hankook Ventus V12 EVO02 (113 points)- $156
5. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 (103 points)- $180*

*It still amazes me that Goodyear, an expensive tire, almost always comes in last in tire tests, yet it is the biggest name in motor sport racing.
 

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What is the wear rating of these tires?
Is Goodyear, especially when being used as an OEM tire trying to get a little longer life vs. performance.
I agree they never live up to the best in pure performance.
But I don't think its because they can't.
 

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What is the wear rating of these tires?
Is Goodyear, especially when being used as an OEM tire, trying to get a little longer life vs. performance.
No, the Goodyear tire had the second worst wear rating.

Here are the wear ratings of all five tires:

Continental Extreme Contact Sport- 340AAA
Hankook Ventus V12 EVO02- 320AAA
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S- 300AAA
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3- 240AAA
Pirelli P Zero- 220AAA
 

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Grassroots Motorsports magazine and TireRack also tested these summer performance tire giants. The Conti Extreme Contact Sports beat the old Michelin Pilot Super Sports but came short of supplanting the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S.

Both come with 30k-mile warranties but in our sizes the Contis are cheaper by $50-100 per tire. I went with 255/35R20XL Contis on my stock 20x8" Classic wheels and am happy with them. I plan to do a Track Night in America with them but can at least report they're very stable at 80mph in torrential rain!
 

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Thanks Cuda, very timely post/article. I was deliberating between the Hankook Ventus V12 and the BFG G-force sport comp2. Thinking of going 275/40/20 in the back & maintain the 245/45/20 in front. Hope that combo works...thanks !
 

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I'm satisfied with the Conti ECS's predecessor, the EC DWs.

Very grippy, very quiet. Can't attest to their wear, because I don't drive often.
 
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