You should pick up a December Car & Driver and read their performance
tire test. You should look at Yoko Advan, ContiSportContact 2, and
Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3, which along with the Michelin were the top 4.
The Yoko was killer on dry-road performance.
They even used a 3-series for their tests!
Which can be found here:
Personally, I had the CSC2 which came in 2nd in this test, and thought
they were just OK. Nothing to write home about really. I thought the
Bridgestone S03 which I had before were better, both in wet and in the
dry. Of course, they were nowhere near as comfy as the CSC2, but then
again, for someone looking for straight-out performance, attributes such
as "comfort" are relatively low on the priority list. YMMV.
They have user reviews and road tests. Most of the performance tire
comparison road tests are done with a 3-series so you can even compare tires
from different test groups and get a rough idea of how they stack up.
Just purchased Pirelli P-Zero Neros based on test results, reviews and
R / John
Just be sure to apply liberal doses of sodium chloride to the reviews
from buyers. Who knows why some people have such extremely good or bad
luck compared to others. Maybe their car suspension is all whacked out
or perhaps they drive like a little old lady? But if you read enough of
them you can get a general trend...
I don't know about "best", but tirerack.com does a pretty good job
describing the traits of various tires, and the customers get to weigh in
with their thoughts on their tire purchase. It's worth the effort to visit
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