Own a sporty cars or high-end touring car? Thinking about replacing the tires? Well, our next tire program will include UHP all-season and summer tires typically found on these cars. As in the past, we're also including evaluations of performance winter tires, which come in sizes to fit cars that use UHP tires.

As the name implies, all-season tires provide good grip for most weather conditions. Testing shows that summer tires deliver the best grip on dry and wet roads, but unlike all-seasons, they're not suited for winter temperatures nor provide decent traction on snow and icy roads. If your car has summer tires and you live in the snow-belt region of the country, we strongly urge you to consider using winter tires.

Our last UHP program was in 2010, and since then there are several new models. Some old favorites not on the list are either gone or slated to be replaced in the next year. Trend-wise, the performance winter tire offering seems a bit light due to a number of manufacturers retooling their lines. Many performance winter tires are developed in Europe where high sales margins and regional mandatory use makes it a more lucrative market. So as manufacturers race to build-up supply of new winter models, U.S introductions often come after filling orders in Europe and Canada.

There are slightly more offerings in the all-season category, which tends to follow the domestic market's desire for a tire that can do it all. That's not the case in Europe where summer and winter tires are used in place of all-seasons. Still, summer tires have there place here, particularly on casual-use high-end sports cars.

At the time of this writing, a few models still need to purchased, so don't call me out if the model list changes slightly when we go to publish in September. Between now and then, we'll be testing about 50 models, and hundreds of examples. We'll have new ratings on ConsumerReports.org by fall and a follow-up in the November issue of Consumer Reports.

Check back for seasonal updates, the first being snow traction testing to be done in late January. Call us crazy, but we're wishing for lots of snow this winter.

Performance winter tires
BridgestoneBlizzak WS-70
Cooper WeatherMaster Snow
DunlopWinter Sport 4D
Hankooki*cept evo
MichelinPilot Alpin PA4
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2
NokianWR G3
PirelliWinter 240 Sottozero Series II
VredesteinWintrac Xtreme
UHP all season tires
BF Goodrichg-Force Super Sport A/S
BridgestonePotenza RE970AS Pole Position
ContinentalExtremeContact DWS
CooperZeon RS3-A
FalkenAzenis PT722 A/S
FirestoneFirehawk Wide Oval AS
General G-Max AS-03
GoodyearEagle F1 Asymmetric All Season
GT Radial Champiro UHP1
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
KumhoEcsta 4x
MaxxisVictra MA-Z4S
MichelinPilot Sport A/S 3
Nexen N7000
PirelliP Zero Nero All Season
SumitomoHTR A/S PO1
ToyoProxes 4 Plus
UniroyalTiger Paw GTZ
YokohamaAvid ENVigor
UHP summer tires
BF Goodrichg-Force Sport COMP-2
BridgestonePotenza RE-11
BridgestonePotenza S-04
BridgestonePotenza RE760 Sport
Continental ExtremeContact DW
CooperZeon RS3-S
FalkenAzenis FK-453
FirestoneFirehawk Wide Oval Indy 500
GoodyearEagle F1 Asymmetric 2
HankookVentus V12 evo
KumhoEcsta LE Sport
MichelinPilot Super Sport
NokianZ Line UHP
PirelliP Zero
SumitomoHTRZ III
ToyoProxes T1 Sport
YokohamaADVAN Sport

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