Firestone Firehawk Indy 500

4.6

Price Range:  USD $92.99 to $291.95

Summer

Passenger Cars /Summer/Ultra High Performance

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The Firehawk Indy 500® tire is Firestone's ultimate in sport performance, inspired by our racing heritage. With our new tread design featuring a proprietary Pulse Groove water channel, we have dramatically improved handling and braking on wet roads (as compared to the Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500® tire). And with a new outer tread design, you can take a corner with great confidence. So if you’re a car enthusiast looking for a tire that can provide extreme performance and extreme fun, this is the tire for you. W speed rated.

  • CORNER WITH CONFIDENCE
    The latest Firestone Firehawk Indy 500® tire lets you corner with confidence featuring wide shoulders that increase the tire’s stiffness to provide dynamic cornering.
  • 20% SHORTER STOPPING DISTANCE ON WET ROADS
    With an improved rubber compound and tread design, the new Indy 500® tire gives you a 20% shorter stopping distance on wet roads, as compared to the prior generation Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 tire.
  • THE PULSE GROOVE CHANNEL HELPS REDUCE THE RISK OF HYDROPLANING
    The proprietary Pulse Groove channel in the tread pattern takes water evacuation to the next level helping to improve wet handling and reduce the risk of hydroplaning.

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Overall 

4.6

Firestone Firehawk Indy 500
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Dry
(4.9)
Wet
(4.6)
Snow
(1.8)
Handling
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.4)
Noise
(4.2)
Treadwear
(4.2)
Overall:
4.0
Dry
5.0
Wet
4.0
Snow
1.0
Handling
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Noise
1.0
Treadwear
4.0

I bought these last summer. Ignore my rating of the tire for snow performance as I have a set of winter tires (and I can't give them a 0) and rims for my Dodge. Everything about these tires I thought at the time of purchase was excellent. The handling of my Challenger improved especially when cornering at speed. I loved them except for one very important (to me) benefit that these tires did not provide. The road noise is close to deafening. They are as loud, if not worse than my Pirelli winter tires. Soon I will be changing to summer tires again. I doubt that I will put these tires back on my car because of the road noise. If the road noise is not an issue then these are a good buy. Really my rating for noise would be zero, but as I mentioned earlier the site will not allow a zero rating.

Size: 245/45R20

Vehicle: 2015 Dodge Challenger 2 Dr Coupe R/T Plus RWD with 12000 KM of Tire Wear

Anonymous made this review on 3/23/2020 and is a Confident, Experienced Driver

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Overall:
4.5
Dry
5.0
Wet
5.0
Snow
1.0
Handling
5.0
Comfort
3.0
Noise
4.0
Treadwear
3.0

I tried a set of BFG Comp 2s on my TSX A-Spec. Although seemingly quiet on a convertible (due to a ragtops ambient noise), they were NOISY in the TSX. I replaced them with Firehawk Indy 500s. Based on reviews, I expected them to be slightly grippier in the dry, & hopefully as good in the wet, as the BFG Comp 2. I have been blown away! They are grippier in the dry, AND, significantly better in the wet. On a wet rainy empty cloverleaf freeway on-ramp with a recommended speed sign of 40Km/H, they were good to about 95Km/H before the fronts started to claw & nibble outward. No drama. Most impressive is how these tires can be pushed hard into a corner, and still have some extra traction available for acceleration. Hydroplaning resistance and a bit of a stiff ride are probably this tires only mediocre traits. Cornering response is immediate, making my TSX feel 500 lbs lighter than it really is. Quick, sporty, grippy, and they track true and straight with minimal effect from truck ruts. I recommend them highly for anyone who wants a fun tire at a reasonable price.

Size: 225/45R18

Vehicle: 2013 Acura TSX 4 Dr Sedan Special Edition 18" option with 15000 KM of Tire Wear

Anonymous made this review on 3/3/2020 and is a Aggressive Driver (Hard Cornering)

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