Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT Sizes & review

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The SP Sport Maxx GT is Dunlop’s Max Performance Summer tire developed for the drivers of pure sports cars, powerful coupes and high performance sedans. SP Sport Maxx GT tires are designed to offer outstanding driver feedback and responsive handling, but like all summer tires are not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.

The SP Sport Maxx GT uses a highly refined carbon black tread compound technology from Dunlop Motorsport molded into an asymmetric tread design featuring firm tread blocks and a continuous middle rib. These features work together to keep more of the tire on more of the road more of the time, maintaining constant road contact to impart more responsive handling and high-speed stability. The tire’s internal structure includes twin steel belts reinforced by Dunlop’s Hybrid Jointless Band (JLB) spirally wrapped Aramid to provide high-speed durability while minimizing weight and reducing temporary flatspotting. The tires feature a rayon cord casing and unique bead to enhance high-speed capability and ride quality.

Limited sizes of the SP Sport MAXX GT are available with Dunlop’s Noise Shield Technology, which involves the manufacturer adhering a layer of sound-absorbing foam to the inner liner of the tire to reduce cabin noise in the vehicle. These sizes are identified on the Specs page and in the search results.

6 COMMENTS

  1. I bought this car in New Jersey. I recently had a problem when the weather got cold. I experienced a serious vibration after the car was idle for a while in cold weather. I took the car to the dealer and they told me this happens to summer tires. I called Audi and asked them why do they put summer tires on a car that is driven in cold weather. They said the sticker stated that they were summer tires and the obligation to put winter tires on the car was mine. Recently one of the tires failed with a sidewall bubble. It had to be replaced at 14000 miles and was prorated to have 50% wear. Now thought I was careful about reading the information on the sticker however I am guilty of not questioning what is meant by summer tires. The dealer never mentioned it either. So I suggest anyone who looks at the sticker on the car they are buying make sure that you understand what you should expect from summer tires if you live in a cold state like New Jersey.

  2. had these tires on my S5 OEM 21,000, I realy do not want to buy these again. looking for a better responsive tire with some tread wear longevity.

  3. I love these Sport Maxx GT Dunlops. They have been on my Audi S4 since new and now have 26000 miles on these tires. There has never been an issue with the tires, and I am extremely watchful regarding tire quality and the ability to run true over time. These are still perfectly round and without vibrations. The treadwear is excellent for a tire rated at 240 treadware and because I do not drive that heavily I will be ready to replace them based on age as well as tread life. They have performed well and perfectly fit the character of the S4 – very sporty and responsive but quiet and comfortable. I plan to buy these again as soon as I am ready to buy.

  4. This is my second set of Dunlop’s for the SQ5. They stick to the road like crazy and there is no doubt they are designed for handling at high speed. While they are getting better rating than the Pirelli and Continental the tread wear is terrible. 15K and I got to swap them out. Considering trying out the Pirelli Scorpion Winter as they might have some more rubber on them. From what I see there is no info on these tires, but how much worse than 15K can they get.

  5. Absolutely love these tires. My Subaru STI came stock from factory with Dunlop sport maxx tires that handled phenomenally and when I purchased a set of new rims that were bigger than the stock set up I had to of course get new tires. So I went with Dunlop again as I was so impressed with the stock Dunlop sport maxx but I upgraded to these SP sport maxx GT tires. Only difference is the sidewall stiffness on these tires. Subarus stock Dunlop tire was softer for corning but I could care less about corning as I only drive city and not track so the increase stiffness of the sp sport maxx gt tires didn’t bother me. These tires in rain are like claws gripping into the ground. Yes my sti is all wheel drive and has settings for wet or loose gravel but the tires also play a huge role. I’ve launched my sti at a dig in heavy rain and these tires gripped the wet road so well there was 0 and I mean 0 loss of traction, it hooked like it was dry and I said good bye to all the cars at the stop light. Didn’t skid, didn’t have any wheel spin, they just clawed the wet ground. Wow just WOW is all I can say with these tires. Dry or wet, these tires are a beast! No wonder a set of 4 cost $1500. I love these tires so much and I will certainly buy again despite the price.

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