The Advan family of ultra-high performance tires were created for the discerning car owner who wants the ultimate in traction and grip. For the record, the Yokohama Advan Sport A/S is the only all-season tire in the Advan lineup. All the other offerings are summer tires that are geared towards superior handling with little regard to treadwear or ride comfort.
But the Yokohama Advan Sport A/S begs to differ. This tire was created to fulfill the demands of sporty luxury cars and high-performance vehicles. The tire should not only be good in dry and wet weather driving, but it will need to be comfortable, silent, and refined as well.
In this Yokohama Advan Sport A/S review, I was looking to find out if Yokohama was successful in creating a tire that doesn’t compromise ride comfort for outright sportiness. For this, I was looking for a bone-stock high-performance vehicle, preferably a BMW or an Audi, or maybe a Cadillac CTS-V.
As luck would have it, I was able to acquire a stock 2011 Subaru WRX STI with, you guessed it, stock 18-inch wheels. Save for the cold air intake and gorgeous floor liners, everything was left untouched by the judicious owner of my test vehicle. He bought the Yokohama Advan Sport A/S tires just a couple of months ago to replace the balding Bridgestone’s. He chose the Advan Sport A/S because of the price and the purported ride comfort of the tires.
Was Yokohama successful in merging the talents of a touring tire and summer tire? That was the question in my mind as I pressed the clutch and engaged first gear to begin my test drive and review.
Yokohama Advan Sport A/S Review: Features
Upon first glance, you will quickly notice the extra-large performance shoulder blocks that are designed to enhance the cornering abilities of your vehicle. The 2-in-1 large blocks are designed to maximize the block stiffness and increase the lateral stability of the tire to improve handling.
But this tire should also be about ride comfort and a silent ride, so Yokohama designed the treads to have a 4-pitch tread variation to reduce the pattern noise as the tire rolls on the pavement. The tire is manufactured with an advanced all-season compound and optimized contact patch to promote long wear over the life of the tire.