If you own or plan to purchase a sports car or a performance-tuned model of vehicle, one of the differences you might have noticed is the tires. Generally, these vehicles come equipped with ultra high performance or UHP tires. When it comes time to replace those tires the price tag may cause you to question how necessary they really are.
Paying More Sooner
UHP tires have been found to wear out quicker than the average all weather tires that consumers favor according to Consumer Reports. They also cost more to replace, up to $100 more for all four. Who wants to pay more for a product that won't last as long? If you are faced with this dilemma, you may be wondering just how important those tires are to the performance of the vehicle. Why not just replace them with "regular" tires?
What's the Difference?
It is possible to replace your UHP tires with "regular" tires, however, it is not recommended. The tires have a direct impact on the performance of these vehicles. UHP tires are designed to give the vehicle better grip and cornering ability, definitely important if you plan on testing your driving skills or showing off a bit. UHP tires are also designed to handle the enhanced brakes and suspension on these vehicles. And if you like to go fast you will appreciate the ability of these tires to dissipate heat better than average tires.
The Choice is Yours
So if you own or plan to purchase a sports car or a performance-tuned model of the vehicle because you enjoy the high level of performance your vehicle is made for, then you should replace your tires with UHP tires. If you own one because it sounded cool and you don't care about the performance then sell it to someone who will appreciate its capabilities.