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Do New Tires Mean Better in Ultra High Performance All-Season?

Do New Tires Mean Better in Ultra High Performance All-Season?

Do New Tires Mean Better in Ultra High Performance All-Season (1)

Some tire brands go the “clean-sheet design” route, while other tire makers make small changes to existing lines for increased performance. This current group of Ultra High Performance All-Season test tires contains tires from each strategy. Kumho’s updated Ecsta 4X II and Sumitomo’s HTR A/S P02 join the all-new Fuzion UHP Sport A/S in Ultra High Performance All-Season.

 

Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS (Ultra High Performance All-Season 245/40R18 97W)

  • What you will like: A good ride comfort with decent handling on the road
  • What needs improvement: Needs more sporty feel, needs better steering accuracy and traction in both dry and wet conditions
  • Overall: Needs more performance before it can be in the same category as “ultra high”

Fuzion UHP Sport A/S (Ultra High Performance All-Season 245/40R18 97W)

  • What you will like: Acceptable sporty around the race track in dry conditions
  • What needs improvement: Basically categories like Wet traction, tread noise, impact isolation, and steering feel
  • Overall: Ok value, but needs more progress

Kumho Ecsta 4X II (Ultra High Performance All-Season 245/40R18 97W)

  • What you will like: The most responsive feel of the group with best performance both in wet and dry grip
  • What needs improvement: Improve quality over hard impacts
  • Overall: In this case, new does work better

Sumitomo HTR A/S P02 (Ultra High Performance All-Season 245/40R18 97W)

  • What you will like: A grade B performance in each category
  • What needs improvement: Basically all areas need improving
  • Overall: Not a winner in any category but as an overall tire its great

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