Toyo Proxes 4 Plus Review
- Dry 95% 95%
- Wet 85% 85%
- Snow 65% 65%
- Comfort 90% 90%
- Noise 80% 80%
- Treadwear 80% 80%
- Overall 86% 86%
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I was fortunate enough to acquire a 2007 Honda S2000 for this Toyo Proxes 4 Plus review. My test car happens to be the second generation model S2000 fitted with the bigger and more powerful F22C1 2.2-liter inline-four.
Since the Toyo Proxes 4 Plus is an ultra-high performance all-season tire, I naturally needed a sports car to take advantage of the capabilities of the tires. But the Proxes 4 Plus II is not just about outright performance. In fact, Toyo claims that this tire can deliver surprising levels of comfort along with a quiet ride. Toyo also engineered the tire to have a long tread life.
It sounds too good to be true, right? Here is a high-performance tire with the DNA of a touring tire. I wonder if there were any compromises in terms of all-weather performance considering the fact that it is hard to get all the nice attributes of a summer and touring tire in an affordable package. That’s what I intend to find out in this Toyo Proxes 4 Plus Review.
In terms of price, the Toyo Proxes 4 Plus is in the average price range. My Honda S2000 came fitted with stock 17-inch wheels and the owner told me the tires cost approximately $125 each. That’s a pretty good bargain if you’ll ask me. It’s not as cheap as other brands, but you have to understand that you are buying an ultra-high performance tire with all-season capabilities.
Toyo Proxes 4 Plus Review: Features
The outside tread is a different story. There are wider ribs and a closed shoulder design that improves vehicle stability while allowing you to corner harder at higher speeds.
This tire was constructed using a high-grip silica compound to deliver impressive braking performance and excellent handling on wet and dry pavement. The special formula of the tread compound was also formulated to produce a longer tread life.
While the tread design looks bland from my point of view, I was hoping that Toyo was kind enough to give the tire a more aggressive or sportier tread design, but you can’t have it all, right?
Toyo Proxes 4 Plus Review: Test Drive
The roads were still a bit damp when I was on my way to return the car, but I presumed they were dry enough to test the capabilities of the tires in the dry.
Of course, I tried to wring out every ounce of power from the motor before changing gears whenever the roads were clear. I explored the upper reaches of the lofty 8,200 rpm rev range while smiling like a loon since the tires were definitely equipped for the task.
Traction and grip were admirable despite the damp nature of the roads. I was able to throw the S2000 into a sweeping left corner without feeling the tires break traction.