Yeah, the high performance tires have a softer rubber compound for better grip and handling on the roads. Unfortunately, this causes them to wear faster. The high mileage tires, the ones for your grocery getter, have a hard rubber compound and don't wear as fast, but you sacrifice performance. My wife's XTerra has 70k on the original tires. I think it is all on what the consumer demands. When your average person goes looking for tires he looks for 2 things: price and mileage. He wants a cheap tire that will last forever. When your Ferrari or 'Vette owner goes looking for tires he looks for one thing: performance.
Tires are everything. It is your point of contact with the road. All the acceleration, cornering and braking is done by the tires. If you want your car to do all 3 of those things well, you need a tire that will do all 3 of those things well. And you will pay for it in both price and mileage!
Yeah Dirk, you want the cheap tire that will last forever and give you good fuel economy.
I was thinking, tire technology has come so far that when you are seeking high-performance, it is no longer a matter of finding the tire that will work for the car; it is a matter of finding the car that will let the high-perfomance tire do it's job. Ferrari just happens to fit the bill! I could put a set of Firestone Firehawks on my truck, but the truck just won't do the tires justice. The tires will outperform the vehicle. With the Ferrari, I can push the tires to their limits.
As a side note, I have pushed the Ferrari to my own personal limits and I have never heard the Firehawks squeal in complaint.
Another side note, I think that the 35" Mickey Thompson Baja Claw is the best all around offroad tire available and I built up my Jeep CJ7 around that tire so that I could utilize the tire to it's fullest potential. It is a great combo. That CJ will go just about anywhere on any terrain.
My 3/4 ton truck has some hard-wearing all-season tires with a high load rating that have really performed well as far as ride and mileage goes. (this is the vehicle that I look for tires that will last.)
My Commando is my plow truck and I have some super-soft, super-aggresive snow tires on that. The Commando will push snow with it's 7-foot blade in 2WD up the driveway that I had to put the truck in 4WD to get up. It is a little tractor with those tires on it! (If you have never seen a Commando, it is a fairly small vehicle, not that much bigger that a Ferrari. Picture a Ferrari geared way down low with a 7' snow plow blade)
The Firestone Firehawks.........Wow! I cannot say enough good things about those tires on my 308 other that when they wear out.......I will get another set.
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