Firestone Firehawk SZ90

Dry Grip 79%
Wet Grip 67%
Road Feedback 80%
Progressiveness 83%
Wear 75%
Comfort 68%
Buy again 58%
Firestone Firehawk SZ90

The Firestone Firehawk SZ90 is a High Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tyre replaced the Firestone firehawk S790

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Tyre review data from 13 tyre reviews averaging 73% over 78,910 miles driven.

Size Price Range  
195/50 R15 £40.94 - £40.94 (1 prices) Compare Prices >>
205/55 R16 £40.98 - £103.40 (17 prices) Compare Prices >>
215/45 R17 £61.97 - £90.40 (17 prices) Compare Prices >>
225/40 R18 £61.40 - £106.94 (20 prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £51.78 - £92.90 (33 prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 25 tyre sizes - View all.

Firestone Firehawk SZ90 Reviews

Given 73% (breakdown) while driving a BMW 316d (225/50 R17) on mostly motorways for 5,000 average miles
Run flat version. Very harsh. Good wear rate and dry grip but found slippery in the wet and despite many attempts at balancing struggled to get them them to settle, they just seemed skittish and unpredictable Replaced early.
tyre reviewed on December 24, 2015   
Given 86% (breakdown) while driving a Mercedes Benz C180 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 12,000 average miles
I gave grades to these tyres after first impressions and now, after 20000 km, I'm back with new verdicts. Grip on dry and wet almost perfect, braking the same. Lateral side very strong, car doesn't bend on corners. Wear is somewhere at half. Negative aspects: noise, consumption and comfort.
tyre reviewed on September 24, 2015   
Given 90% (breakdown) while driving a Ford Mustang GT (245/45 R17 W) on mostly country roads for 500 spirited miles
My second set of these tyres as I was so impressed with them on my daily car, and they're just as capable on a much more powerful car.

Highly recommended, much better grip, comfort, stability and quieter than the tyres they replaced.
tyre reviewed on August 29, 2015   
Given 85% (breakdown) while driving a Ford Fiesta Zetec S (195/45 R16 V) on mostly country roads for 1,000 spirited miles
I've always bought Continental Sport Contact, but this time I decided to try out these Firestone Firehawk SZ90's.
I searched a lot online to try and find a comparison review between the Contis and the Firestones and unfortunately came up with nothing, but decided to take the plunge anyway.

I'm VERY impressed with these tyres. Continental Sport Contact always finish high up in tyre tests and I have to say the Firestone's are every bit as good even with my spirited driving style.

Both dry and wet grip is progressive and strong and I can feel absolutely NO deficit to the Continental tyre. I see there is a review below that states the wet grip is poor, but either that reviewer is a complete maniac on the road, or there is something seriously wrong with their vehicle.

I highly recommend these tyres and as an added bonus they were £20 per tyre cheaper than the ContiSports. I can't comment on wear yet, but they are excellent in every other department.
tyre reviewed on August 24, 2015   
Given 71% (breakdown) while driving a Fiat Grande Punto TJet (215/40 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 10,000 spirited miles
Had them on the front of a Fiat Grande Punto T-Jet sport. Dry grip is good and progressive. Wet grip isn't great but progressive in the corners.
Traction control kicked when starting at the traffic lights in the wet.
Wear and noise levels are good.

I wouldn't buy these again as there are better tyres in the same pricerange.
tyre reviewed on July 26, 2015   
Given 66% (breakdown) while driving a Ford (195/50 R15 V) on a combination of roads for 12,400 spirited miles
Not to bad but wear out pretty quickly.
tyre reviewed on April 4, 2015   
Given 76% (breakdown) while driving a Audi TT (225/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
Reading the reviews I'm must admit the Firestones are not a tyre I would chose for the TT. Normally I stick with Dunlops Sport Maxx RT's or Goodyear Eff Grips.
But on a recent trip to Scotland after suffering a blow out I ended up at a local tyre depot, who unfortunately couldn't get the Dunlop replacement for a couple of days. In desperation I fitted the only two tyres he had in stock in my size and these were the Firestone Firehawk SZ90's. I replaced two tyres because the other Dunlop was approaching 3mm of trad left.
The surprise is I find these Firestones quite good. They don't suffer in the wet ie aquaplaning, dry grip is good and they are wearing well. I cover motorways, dual carriageways and a lot of cross country routes and when conditions permit quite spiritedly so they come in for all sorts of use. I tend to replace my tyres every 11-15 weeks depending on make and at present these Firestones are holding up well. The best bit is the cost £68 each all in as against £94 eack all in for the Dunlops.

I appreciate that the Mini Cooper S driver didn't rate them at all, but then having driven a Cooper S quite aggressively they can be tyre dependent.
tyre reviewed on July 20, 2014   
Given 47% (breakdown) while driving a MINI Cooper S (215/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 easy going miles
drive a mini cooper s and these tyres are sh*t. Especially in the wet i will be cursing at 56 on the a2 with roughly 5mm of tread on each tyre and the aquaplaning is shocking!! Horrible tyres! I would recommend the old maxxis i had i cant wait until they wear out so i can buy some maxxis ma-z1's or even better some Yokohama s drive
tyre reviewed on July 16, 2014   
Given 66% (breakdown) while driving a Mazda MX5 (195/50 R15 V) on mostly country roads for 12,000 average miles
these are not that good...had them for about 15000km...gone...dry perfomance is ok, everything else average or below average
tyre reviewed on January 23, 2014   
Given 79% (breakdown) while driving a Mercedes Benz C180 Classic Sedan (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 1,000 average miles
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tyre reviewed on July 5, 2013