The Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 was designed for a range of mid to full-sized sporty coupes and sedans (Camaro, Mustang, Charger, BMW, Mercedes, Audi) requiring a performance-oriented tire with all season capabilities. Cooper set out to build a tire that wouldn’t compromise performance for comfort in their new Ultra High Performance All Season tire. Typically those two attributes don’t work well together as UHP tires are recommend for summer use only, but for those of us who want one set of tires for year round use and live in areas that only see occasional, light snowfall, the RS3-G1 fits the bill.
The RS3-G1 is the successor to the RS3-A. The G1 indicates the tire will hold 1 g of lateral grip on the skid pad, which is quite impressive for an all season tire. To achieve this balance of performance, comfort and stability, Cooper used 7% more silica in the compound of its asymmetrical tread design and race-inspired sidewalls.
Another unique feature is the Visual Wear Indicator (VWI, which gives you a visual indication of how much tread is left on the tire. Here’s how it works: a small square in the center rib changes into five different shapes as the tires wear throughout its service life. When the tire reaches the minimum amount of tread depth (2/32nds) you’ll see an exclamation point appear in the square.
VWI Five shapes of wear percentage:
For a performance-oriented tire, Cooper offers an impressively long warranty: 45,000-mile treadwear protection with four same-size tires or square set-ups and 23,000 miles for the rear tires on staggered fitments. Typically, performances tires don’t last as long as all-seasons due to the high performance compounds used in the tires. With this tire however, performance-oriented drivers can have the best of both worlds with this M+S and UTQG/Treadwear ratings of 500. The RS3-G1 is available from 16-20-inch wheel diameters, has a speed rating of “W” and offers a 45-day road test.
Similar tires to the RS3-G1 are the: Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 Plus, Pirelli PZero All Season, Continental DWS06, General G-MAX AS-05 and Nexen N’Fera AU7.
Here are five things you should know about some of the tire’s advanced technological features:
The two-ply polyester casing balances handling and ride quality and the twin steel belts, reinforced with a spiral-wound, nylon wrap deliver high-speed capability. Handling precision comes from the high-stiffness bead filler that resists distortion.
The tire is constructed with a competition-grade silica compound that enhances wet traction and delivers an advantage you can feel on the road.
The unique asymmetric tread pattern provides traction, cornering stability and a quiet ride while siphoning water away. The 3D micro-gauge siping helps maintain a stable shape during acceleration, braking and cornering, which enhances grip and traction. Sports car owners can enjoy the thrill and excitement of a curvy road with confidence.
Its design features more rubber on the outside shoulder and intermediate rib, adding grip and stability while also reducing tire noise. You’ll notice the difference compared to standard high-performance tires right away.
The WearSquare visual indicator allows you to quickly see the approximate tread life remaining on your tires.
The Zeon RS3-G1 is rated as a UHP tire suitable for performance cars as well as sedans and minivans. It’s a powerful combination of utility and performance in a tire that will make your vehicle come alive on the road while tackling harsh weather conditions assertively.
“Overall, these are great tires on my ‘04 Ford Mustang. I ordered on Friday, and they were delivered to my installer the next day. The installer let me inspect the tires and then had them mounted on my car in less than an hour. Now, I’ve only had these for less than a month so keep that in mind, but so far I feel very confident on the road. I’m coming from a set of summer sport tires, so the dry grip is the only noticeable difference. I have not had the chance to test them in snow but will update this review when I do. Cornering is not as sharp as a set of summer specific tires, but there’s not a huge difference. I chose these tires for commuting, and I live in New Jersey, so we get all types of weather. All in all, I feel very satisfied with my purchase.” - Alex M, NJ
“I purchased a set of 4 Zeon RS3-G1s for my Civic, and there was a difference in noise, ride, comfort, and grip for the better. It’s not known about traction on wet or light snow as of yet.” - Rrs490, Bremen, GA
“I purchased a set of G1’s for my 2012 Mazdaspeed3 for use as a dedicated spring/summer tire after reading many reviews about these tires. I was looking for a tire that would provide a greater level of traction needed for my car’s capabilities that wouldn’t wear out as fast as a dedicated summer performance tire. So far, they have lived up to my expectations and then some. They have amazing dry road holding for a UHP All-Season tire, they seem fairly quiet on the highway and are very responsive when doing some spirited driving. So far I haven’t had the opportunity to try them in the wet, but I’ve read that they are just as impressive as they are on dry pavement. Overall I’m happy with them and look forward to enjoying many great drives with these tires. I definitely would recommend them!” - Andrewnds, Alberta, BC