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Performance tires

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Considering performance tires for your vehicle? We can help you make an informed decision by explaining the technology, the category, the different levels of performance and more.


Performance tires come with a variety of benefits that may or may not be right for you, depending on your lifestyle and needs. Some of these benefits include improved handling, higher speed capabilities, the ability to stop shorter, and enhanced grip. At Goodyear, we design our performance tires to help offer optimal maneuverability, handling and wet traction.


Performance tires typically feature the same basic elements as standard passenger tires; only they have been fine-tuned to maximize performance attributes. Below you'll find a description of these elements:

  • Apex - usually made stiffer and wider than standard passenger tires in order to enhance cornering power.
  • Chafer - some feature rim flange protectors to help protect wheels and provide lateral stiffness.
  • Belts - usually at a lower angle than standard passenger tires, making it more responsive.
  • Overlay - material and layup facilitate higher speed ratings.
  • Tread cap - compounding for both wet and dry traction.
  • Tread pattern - uses less blades and aggressive blocks in order to enhance handling capabilities.
high performance tire structure


Performance tires are developed and fine-tuned for an enhanced driving experience. Some of the features that go into a performance tire that allow it to provide driving enjoyment are:

  • A short, low profile sidewall to offer enhanced cornering
  • Large tread blocks for dry traction and grip
  • A stiff and wide apex to enhance cornering power
  • Lower angle belts to allow for enhanced steering response
  • Optimized compounds to enhance grip and traction on both wet and dry roads

At Goodyear, some of our sport performance tires feature these unique technologies:


Low Profile Tires are tires with a shorter sidewall height and a wide tread. Considering low profile tires? These are some key advantages to making that switch:

  • Low profile tires typically have wider contact patches on the road
  • These tires tend to offer enhanced traction and grip when it comes to steering and handling performance
  • Optimal sidewall stiffness is one of the advantages that come with low profile tires
  • Low profile tires tend to be more visually appealing

There are however, a few things you'll want to consider first:

  • The feel of steering may change
  • You may encounter an increase in noise
  • Driving comfort levels may change

If you'd like more information relevant to purchasing tires, explore our helpful tips to buy tires guide.

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