Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 review
What is it?
The Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 is a max performance summer tire designed for performance-oriented coupes, sedans, and sports cars. The SP Sport Maxx 050 is engineered with an emphasis on both dry and wet road performance, and served as the original equipment tire on the Lexus GS 350 sedan.
Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 strengths and weaknesses?
The SP Sport Maxx 050 is the sister tire to the SP Sport Maxx, and possesses very similar characteristics.
Expect above average dry and wet traction for a max performance summer tire, as well as good ride quality. The SP Sport Maxx 050 is certainly capable of responding well to a spirited drive.
However, data indicates that SP Sport Maxx 050 treadlife is not a strong point. Depending upon tolerance and sensitivity, road noise may be a factor from day one, and the noise reportedly increases as the miles add up.
How does the SP Sport Maxx 050 compare?
In the highly competitive max performance summer tire category, the sister tire SP Sport Maxx ranks fourteenth out of thirty tires per Tire Rack user feedback.
In 2004 comparison testing, the SP Sport Maxx bested contemporaries from Continental and Pirelli in overall evaluation scoring.
Like the old SP Sport Maxx, the SP Sport Maxx 050 is an above average max performance summer tire overall, but in our opinion not a current top tier option in the max performance summer tire category. In fact, while the current generation SP Sport Maxx RT 2 shows real promise, no current Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tire has really established itself as a "go-to" in the max performance summer tire category.
The SP Sport Maxx 050 has definite weaknesses and vulnerabilities as compared to the best tires in category, which make it an unlikely selection (more info and options below).
Anything else to know?
The SP Sport Maxx 050 has a serious value problem -- an original equipment tire tax is in full effect.
The excellent Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position and Continental ExtremeContact DW are nearly half the price.
Even the class leading Michelin Pilot Super Sport is notably less.
On both a value and performance basis, we suggest you consider alternatives to the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 when it comes time to replace your OE tires. The price simply cannot be justified in light of superior performance tire alternatives that cost notably less.
Original equipment performance tires have a habit of being expensive and inadequate as compared to replacement options, and the SP Sport Maxx 050 is no exception.
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