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Choosing Your High Performance and Low-Profile Tires

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.

Are Performance Tires Right for You?

Performance tires come with a variety of benefits that may or may not be right for your vehicle, 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.

Close up of the front of a performance car featuring the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 tire

What are Performance Tires and Their Characteristics?

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 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 to enhance handling capabilities.

Performance Tire Technologies

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

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, such as the Goodyear Eagle® F1 SuperCar® 3
  • Optimal sidewall stiffness is one of the advantages that come with low-profile tires
  • Low-profile tires tend to be more visually appealing with sleek sidewall styling shown in the Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate™


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
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