Sumitomo HTR Z III Review


Sumitomo HTR Z III Full - 660x550

17"
205/50R17
215/45R17
225/45R17
225/50R17
235/45R17
235/50R17
235/55R17
245/40R17
245/45R17
255/40R17
275/40R17
18"
215/35R18
215/40R18
225/40R18
225/45R18
235/40R18
235/50R18
245/40R18
245/45R18
255/35R18
255/40R18
255/45R18
265/35R18
265/40R18
275/35R18
285/30R18
285/35R18
295/30R18
19"
225/35R19
235/35R19
245/35R19
245/45R19
255/35R19
255/40R19
265/30R19
275/30R19
275/35R19
275/40R19
285/35R19
20"
225/35R20
235/30R20
245/30R20
245/35R20
245/40R20
255/30R20
255/35R20
275/35R20
285/30R20
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The Good
  • Excellent Wet Traction
  • 5-Year/ Tread Life Warranty
  • Perfect for Track and Summer Use
The Bad
  • Can’t be driven in any sub-freezing conditions
  • Soft sidewalls
Dry Traction86
Cornering Stability84
Steering Response84
Ride Quality80
Noise79
Wet Performance78
Treadwear74
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Are you looking for the excellent maximum performance summer tire at a reasonable price? Do you drive on winding and hilly roads and need amply quiet hills that will hold on well to both dry and wet surfaces?

Let me introduce to you the Sumitomo HTR Z III, a tire that will give you excellent value for your daily use high performance car.

Sumitomo HTR Z III Tread

This aggressively designed tire delivers well above average performance in both wet and dry conditions. What’s more, this is a tire you can rely on whether you’re driving on or off the track.

What is the Sumitomo HTR Z III?

The Sumitomo HTR Z III is the perfect summer tire for any high performance vehicle. It is an excellent daily drive value tire for sporty high performance cars like Mustangs and Corvettes although you could also get away with fitting them on your grandpa’s sedan. The Sumitomo comes in a large span of 17”-20” sizes which is suitable for many types of cars. Not only has Sumitomo built this awesome tire with an asymmetric tread pattern design, it is also features a silica-enhanced compound.

Features

  • A high-rigidity construction with wide steel belts reinforced by spirally wrapped polyamide that stabilizes the tread area.
  • Polyester cord body and hard rubber sidewall fillers that help blend uniform ride quality with steering response and lateral stability.
  • Large outboard shoulder and intermediate tread blocks that provide responsive handling.
  • A continuous center and inboard intermediate ribs.
  • silica-enhanced tread compound molded into a sophisticated, 5-rib, asymmetric tread design
  • The inside shoulder is linked by another continuous circumferential rib that enhances wear quality to help reduce noise throughout the life of the tire

Dry Performance

It is an unbelievably smooth ride with minimal noise on dry surface.  The HTR Z II provides, in addition to an outstanding handling in dry conditions, an impressively short braking distance. This tire delivers power to the road really well and wears evenly after a long period of high performance driving. The asymmetric tread pattern gives this tire a close to perfect steering response that will leave your mind occupied with more important things, like beating the Chevy ahead of you.

Wet Performance

The Sumitomo HTR Z II provides excellent traction in wet conditions. The long lateral grooves on this tire help to evacuate water from under the footprint. At the center of the footprint, four straight wide grooves further increase the drainage for increased traction in the wet. Further, a 3-D wave wall increases the tire’s drainage and strengthens the stability of the center rib while enhancing wet traction.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for a high performance summer tire for your car, the HTR Z II says look my way. If for any reason however you drive in any sub-freezing conditions, look elsewhere as this summer tire refuses to be associated with the cold. The only thing I hold against this tire is that the sidewalls are somewhat soft. Apart from that, this is a great tire that I would recommend.

Author: Keziah Kinuthia

I am a 25 year-old Data Scientist with a raging passion for cars. Music and movie lover, self-proclaimed and taught petrol-head who takes pleasure in writing about most of the things I like. Anything with a bumper and a rack is my forte.

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