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2011 GT tire suggestions?

Well I'm long overdue for new tires - almost 4 years and 33,000 miles in, can't hold any traction at full power anything below 60 lol. So most importantly I'm looking for the best grip to give to my 412 HP. Daily driver, except garaged during rainy days and during the long Michigan winters. Assuming most of you 5.0 owners have probably gotten new tires by now, any experiences or suggestions you wouldn't mind sharing, including costs? Thanks guys.

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Try Continental DW or DWS they ride great much more quiet that the Pirelli. As far as price they are a little pricey but you should find a deal in your local area. I changed mine out at 38000 and now have just turned 50000 they are wearing well and are still quiet. Do a little research on line and listen to the comments then decide.

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Try Continental DW or DWS they ride great much more quiet that the Pirelli. As far as price they are a little pricey but you should find a deal in your local area. I changed mine out at 38000 and now have just turned 50000 they are wearing well and are still quiet. Do a little research on line and listen to the comments then decide.
^^10 on the Continental DWS -- I had a set on my 2009 Bullitt and still have them on my 1998 Camaro SS -- unbelievably sticky wet traction! In a northern climate, they would definitely be my choice. Check out Tirerack.com for their test results -- very impressive!

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Try Continental DW or DWS they ride great much more quiet that the Pirelli. As far as price they are a little pricey but you should find a deal in your local area. I changed mine out at 38000 and now have just turned 50000 they are wearing well and are still quiet. Do a little research on line and listen to the comments then decide.
I agree. I am on my second set of continental extreme contact DWs and think they are a great balance of comfort/performance/longevity.

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I went with the Michelin Super Sports and they have been fantastic in the wet, dry, and even for track days...and they have a mileage warranty! I love 'em and they have gotten top reviews from several evaluations. See the comparison test below for some interesting info.

Monsters of Grip: Nine Summer-Performance Tires Tested - Comparison Test - Car and Driver

I have heard very good things about the Conti DW as well.

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Since you live in Michigan, there is a good chance you endure many morning below the freezing mark, which includes late fall and early spring, so unless you only plan to drive your car when the temps are 50F and above, I would look into All-Season tires only, as summer tires can crack at low temps and provide less traction than all-seasons at the lower temps.

I just put a set of 255/45/19 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3's on my car, and I'm ecstatic. These tires balanced up with less weight than the factory Pirelli P Zero's on the Brembo wheels, ride extremely smooth (not mushy smooth, flat as glass smooth), no steering wheel vibration, have great initial turn-in, and have less deflection being transmitted into the chassis when hitting pavement or bridge seams. Since they are new, of course they have good traction and are quiet, but since these are not summer tires (which usually have one single row of solid rubber), I expect they will always be quieter than multiple summer rubber tires I've been driving on for the last 2-years. These cost more than the average A/S tire, but so far, they are proving to be worth it.

As for summer tires, I've had the Continental DW Extreme's on my 2011 GT. These lasted about 20k miles (mostly highway miles), had good traction above 50F, tires balanced initially, rode well, and are priced well as well. On the negative, after the tires were about 1/2 life, they started getting noticeably louder with road noise, and no amount of balancing would get rid of a slight steering wheel vibration. Another thing I noticed with the tires was a little loss of initial turn-in, cold-rubber flat spotting (meaning you felt a slight vibration until the tires warmed since the rubber molded flat while sitting overnight), and quick wearing of the shoulders.

The Michelin Pilot Super Sports are great tires from all the things I've read about them, and are probably the top of the premium summer rubber compound tires available at this time, providing some of the longest rated life as well.

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Thanks for the thorough breakdowns, I'll definitely keep these ones in mind and check out pricing soon.

Any opinions on the Nitto NT555s or Invos? These seem to be quite popular for summer as well, but also with a fair share of bad reviews, but obviously every tire will have some mixed reviews.

Good point on MI temps, though I don't drive at freezing or below. Probably a few morning work commutes here and there over the past few years I've done 35ish degrees and the Pirellis managed fine, but obviously I wasn't punching it during these colder drives.
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