2019 Top semi-slick tyres: the 8 best road legal sports tyres
The semi-slick tyre sector is booming. Never has the supercar and hypercar niche used the tyre factor as much to set new lap records on the track. We have put together a selection of the best semi-slick tyres available on the market. Find sector leaders and also track tyres for smaller budgets.
Semi-slick defines the most extreme and sportiest tyre on the market. Developed for an expert audience, it meets a relatively simple specification: maximum performance. But, it must contend with a certain number of constraints that makes it incompatible with daily use.
Indeed, its profile with few grooves reduces the evacuation of water, and as a result, its use on wet roads requires certain precautions to be taken. Not forgetting its service life which is relatively short.
You will have understood that a semi-slick tyre is designed for sports use and more specifically for the track.
This niche market, still quite restricted a few years ago, has become more widespread and now equips several different types of sports cars looking for top level performance. Lap records having effectively become a real marketing argument to confirm the prowess of a vehicle, manufacturers do not hesitate to propose semi-slick tyres as original equipment. What the Megane 3 RS Trophy R, Ferrari 488 Pista and Lamborghini Huracan Performante have in common is that they are shod with these ultra-grippy tyres.
We have put together a selection of the best alternatives on the market. Tyres which are likely to satisfy a sporty use as we understand it, and which are also approved for use on roads.
They are displayed in alphabetical order and are by no means a hierarchy.
Dunlop Sport Maxx Race 2
Although this tyre has a more restricted distribution than some of its competitors, it does not lack interest. Developed for exceptional sports cars (Porsche, Mercedes AMG, etc.), it features proven latest generation technology.
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Federal 595 RS-R
This tyre may be considered as entry-level in this category. Relatively popular for track days in small sizes, its performances are limited compared with the top names in the category but benefits from an excellent price positioning.
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Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport RS
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport RS will be available on the market in 2019 and promises to be a future mainstay in the category. Using the tyre manufacturer’s latest technology, this tyre is designed for exceptional sports cars as proved by the first sizes which will be launched (265/35 ZR 20 and 325/30 ZR 21). In particular, they correspond to sizes that equip the Porsche 911 Type 991 GT2RS and GT3 RS.
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2
Undeniably one of the benchmarks in the category, the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 equips several of the most powerful sports cars on the planet. In this market segment, it is reputed for offering good longevity. An R version has just been launched and is even more radical.
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This tyre needs to be considered as being suitable for track day beginners or for those with small budgets. The NS-2R will not allow drivers to gain the last hundredth of a second on the track, but will allow them to venture around the track with confidence.
Compare the prices of the Nankang NS-2R
Pirelli Pzero Trofeo R
One of the most extreme tyres on the market! The Trofeo R is considered as being one of the tyres delivering the most grip. And the record of the Lamborghini Huracan Performante on the Nürburgring track probably owes much to this tyre…
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Toyo R888 R
The Toyo brand is omnipresent on track days. Popularised with the R888, it goes a step further with the R designed for popular cars and drivers looking for a good level of performance at a realistic price.
Along with the Yokohama, it is one of the best choices in reasonable sizes.
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Yokohama Advan A052
The Yokohama brand has made sports tyres its speciality. The A052, which replaces the legendary A048, promises to have a career just as successful as its predecessor. Available in relatively common sizes (from 16 to 18 inches), it is one of the best compromises on the market.
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