Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 tire

 
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$101.09
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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
Great performance/cost relationship
11/27/2015
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Noise
Ride comfort
Sticky Quiet Durable
Tread life
Value
Wet grip
Cons
Lacks Mileage Rating
Best Uses
Comment:
I bought these tires in December 2010, when my 2008 Subaru STI had 26,000 miles. In November 2015, it has 72,000 miles, and I am searching for a replacement for the Firestone Wide Oval 500s. The first thing that I liked about these tires is how much quieter they are than the factory original Dunlop SP 600 tires. They also provide better braking, acceleration and turning traction than the original tires in all conditions. Wet weather performance is excellent. My car is light with relatively wide tires, but hydroplaning was never experienced, even at times when multiple cars were in the median after loss of control in heavy rain. Traction at performance limits releases in a controlled, progressive manner with almost no tire squeal. <br /><br />In addition to performance which has me completely satisfied, these tires lasted 45,000 miles. I think they would have gone 50,000, but my right rear suspension has slightly more camber than it should, so the inboard shoulder on the right side tires has the least tread depth at this time, which is probably 1/16. To be fair, I rotated these tires every 2500 miles which also contributed to what I consider exceptional mileage for a high-performance tire. Cosmetically, these tires are just now starting to exhibit very minimal cracking in the tread grooves. These tires were used in Nevada, Arizona, and California, in temperature ranges between -15F and 105F. They have aged exceptionally well, but the car has also always been garaged. With 45,000 miles, they are still far quieter than the Dunlops were when new. <br /><br />The biggest disadvantages to the Firestone Wide Oval Indy 500 is that they do not have a mileage warranty and they are difficult to find at or below MSRP in my area.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
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.
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