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Do I Need High Performance Tyres?


Choosing the right tyres to suit your driving needs, your vehicle and the areas you tend to drive in can seem a daunting task. There are a wide variety of different tyres, all of which are designed for a specific purpose and because of this, different types of tyres have different advantages and disadvantages.

Many motorists are drawn to high performance tyres, however, they are not suitable for all vehicles or motorists. Take a look at our guide to see if high performance tyres are right for you.

What are High Performance Tyres?

High performance tyres have been designed to drive comfortably at high speeds and provide agility and exceptional handling capabilities. These tyres have been designed with an innovative tread design and a large contact patch to provide impressive griping capabilities, so that they can offer stability at high speed and when cornering.  Popular high performance tyres include the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 and Continental SportContact 6.

The benefits of high performance tyres include:

  • Shorter stopping distances
  • Precise steering
  • Increased cornering stability
  • Enhanced grip

Will High Performance Tyres Suit Me?

Firstly, high performance tyres are best suited to high performance vehicles. Sports style cars will benefit from this type of tyre as they are both designed with the same purpose in mind: a sporty and dynamic driving performance.

If you are looking for tyres that maximise speed and performance, high performance tyres are probably the most suited for you. It is important to bear in mind, however, that high performance tyres will not offer the most fuel efficient performance, they are usually expensive and their tread may wear more rapidly. If efficiency and value are what you look for in tyres, you may wish to consider other tyre options.

What Other Tyre Options Do I Have?

If you feel that high performance tyres are not the best fit for your vehicle or driving style, there are plenty of other tyre choices available.

Touring Tyres

Touring tyres, such as the Turanza range from Bridgestone, offers a balanced performance with high levels of comfort, ability to drive at speed and good tread wear. Touring tyres are not usually designed to enhance performance levels specifically, but offer a good all-round performance.

Eco-Friendly Tyres

Eco-Friendly tyres, such as the Michelin Energy Saver, have been constructed to offer a more environmentally friendly performance. Designed to allow lower rolling resistance, eco-friendly tyres require less fuel to move which means lower fuel costs and they reduce the production of harmful emissions. This is the primary function of eco-friendly tyres and they are not optimised to provide high performance at speed.

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