My quick list of 200TW Tires and notes (Classed as "Extreme Performance Tires")
Competitive Autocross Tires
The 3 top options below are well regarded as the competitive options today. These consistently rank higher in terms of overall lap/run times than the other options available. But generally don't last quite as long as the the other options in this list. Keep in mind wear is all relative and is depend on a number of factors. On a well balanced car driven on a non abrasive surface you can see up to 150+ autox runs on these. On a poorly setup car driven on a rough surface you could expect under 1/3 of that.
All prices quoted from tirerack.com in US dollars for a 245/40/17 unless otherwise posted.
Bridgestone - RE71R ($180 USD) ($199 CND from Costo.ca)
Rewards precise smooth inputs. Can be knife edge if overdriven/high slip angles and hard to recover.
Tires feel very greasy when hot but can perform in "colder" weather. (>0c)
Can develop accelerated wear on the center rib if overdriven (too much slip angle and pressures are too high)
Excellent compound for rain use (at full tread depth) but in deep water a >300TW with greater void area will outperform.
Very stiff sidewalls allows for overtiring on narrow wheels (excellent for classes that limit wheel width).
With our Canadian dollar and lack of shipping costs, these are by far the clear winner if you can get your sizes through Costco. Note, Costco did raise their 71R prices this year but still cheaper than the alternative.
BF Goodrich Rival S 1.5 ($209)
Known to have a more vague steering feel than the RE71R, but easy to drive.
Can tolerate slightly more heat than the RE71R but might take slightly more tire to come "on" than the RE71R on cold days.
Good wet* performance. (wet = no puddles) In heavy rain or pudding the thread pattern is poor at evacuating water from the tread blocks.
Limited sizes offered, limited stock available. (These are made in small batches in the BFG's motorsports plant, expect to wait awhile if stock is out in your sizes)
"S" refers to the updated compound released in 2015(?)
"1.5" denotes a revised belt package to enhance the tire feedback and get away from the vague feeling the orginal rival had, however the compound is the same as the "S" tires.
Tire is offered almost exclusively through Tire Rack, beware Hoosier like pricing.
Nexen SUR4G ($174) ($148 FROM PMC TIRE)
Not as direct as the RE71R in terms of feel. Did not brake as well as the RE71R, but these tires will allow for a lot of slip angle. Easy to drive at the limit = less mistakes = faster.
Slightly behind the pace from the Rivals and RE71 but not enough to discredit. (National Championship already won on this tire)
Disappointing wear characteristics in my experience, but were fast all the way down the tread blocks, all the runs
These also have a softer sidewall, caution if you want to overtire the wheel, will wear the edges and/or require higher pressures.
Alternative 200TW Tires
These tires can't match the top 3 tires in terms of outright grip. Steady state grip is good but most noticeably they can't multi-task like the top 3.
Hankook RS4: ($176) Reputation as long lasting tire in the 200TW group. Very popular with the Chump/Lemons/Crap Can racing series.
Dunlop ZIII Star Spec: ($170) Prices don't justify the performance. Feel and response is allegedly very similar to the RE71R.
Kumho Ecsta V720: ($150) Cheap alternative however many online horror stories of delamination failures when used in autox or track day environments. Also known to be exceedingly LOUD on the road.
Falken Azenis 615K+: ($150 in a 245/45) Make sure get the K+ not just the K. the + denotes the newest compound. Good reviews so far in terms of wear and tire feel. However Quantifiably slower than the top 3 tires. (Compare 2018 C-Street Solo Spec class results for proof. the FRS spec class runs the Falken with mods and can't match the times posted by the same C-Street FRS cars).
Yokohama Neova ADO8R: ($261!!!) Overpriced, not know to be in contention as fast tire, would not recommending buying new at the current price point.
Toyo Porxes R1R: ($186) Outdated technology, not recommend. Very low tolerance for heat, requires shaving to extract max performance. On a heavy car you migh experience chunking of the tread blocks. If you are amendment on trying this tire be extremely careful, depending on the tire size they tires are constructed with different compounds, the good ones (195/50/15 and 235/40/17 IIRC) have a single tacky compound all the way down to the tread blocks, however most other sizes have a dual compound, after the first half of the tread is used the remaining compound is described as all season like performance.
Nitto NT05: ($163 US from Summit Racing). Released over 10 years ago, outdated technology, was never a contender when released in terms of outright speed. Sizing and marketing makes me thing this is geared towards muscle cars/big cars.
Maxxis Vicra VR-1: ($127 for 225/17 from the Maxxis website) Reputation as being very easy to drive and FUN at the limit. Accounts of wearing well, but lacked overall pace on the top tires. Cool sizes available like 245/40/15