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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500
 
Approximate retail price:
$100.95
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Summary: Summer tires set high standards for dry and wet grip, but are not designed for cold, wintry weather. They are suitable for many coupes, sedans, and sports cars. The Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 has no tread wear warranty.
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About - Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

The Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 is part of the tire test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, ultra high performance summer tire models like the Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Dry braking:
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.

Dry handling:
Dry handling includes how well the tires gripped in an avoidance maneuver involving a swerve into the left lane and back into the right lane; dry cornering grip on our skidpad; and subjective steering feel.

Wet braking:
Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Features & Specs - Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500
info Speed rating W
info Treadwear warranty None
info UTQG treadwear 320
info UTQG traction A
info UTQG temperature A
info Size tested 225/40R18
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User Reviews - Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500
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5.0
Love these tires....'95 Miata M 1.8L
9/24/2014
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Noise
Ride comfort
Value
Wet grip
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
I drive REAL Hard in the corners with my Miata, which is a great handling car with small engine..but zoom zoom I go. I am careful but can do 55 in a 35 exitramp w/o trouble at all with these tires. Inexpensive at Firestone w/25% off....<br />I should get 4 years at 10,000 a year (I hope).<br /><br />Highway is fine too
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Firestone Firehawk Indy 500
3/7/2012
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Tread life
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
I bought the Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 in November 2009. I ran them for about 50,000 miles and replaced them in February 2012. Not a single problem with these tires (P215/65 R15). I drive a 1996 Infiniti Q45 in Southern California. Driving mostly on dry roads, but occasionally rain or snow. No tire-related issues for any driving condition. Excellent cornering--I am aggressive on windy roads. On a straight freeway, the car with these tires holds a straight path effortlessly. These tires are performance-oriented and deliver performance. In exchange for high performance, the tire noise is a bit higher than say a touring tire like the Michelin HydroEdge that I purchased to replace the well-worn Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 tires (The HydroEdge are good too, so far). I highly recommend Firestone Firehawk Indy 500.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
Very reliable tire for the money
12/29/2011
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Noise
Ride comfort
Value
Wet grip
Cons
Tread life
Best Uses
Comment:
This tire is on a 2001 BMW 330i. One of the negatives on CRs report on this tire is winter handling. Since I live in Austin, Texas this is not much of an issue for me (we might have one or two days a year where we have winter road conditions). As a summer tire it works very well for how I use it. As with any performance tire the mileage is not what many people are used to in everyday cars. If you are expecting 50k miles on this tire then you are looking in the wrong place. For a sport/performance tire (due to the auto that they are mounted on and the everyday environment they are driven on) I think that this is a good tire and worth consideration. Its braking characteristics are excellent, as well as its ability to take turns at a relatively high speed. Its handling on rainy/slick roads is about average. You can brake well, but it isn't for pushing the limits of the car in these conditions: stay away from high speed turns or you will find yourself trying to recover from a slide. Most performance tires are a bit noisy on the highway, and this is no exception. However, compared to other model tires I have had it is no worse than any of the others. Keep in mind that with a performance car it is important to follow the manufacturer's recommendations on alignments and tire rotations in order to get the maximum mileage out of the tire. Poorly aligned tires of any type on a car like this can wear out in less than 10k miles.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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