Nitto NT555 G2 Overview

The Nitto NT555 G2 is a no-compromise street performance tire designed to deliver everything that the enthusiast driver requires.

Nitto is no stranger to the high-performance tire space. The brand made a name for itself back in the 1990s and has been releasing quality products ever since.

The Nitto NT555 G2 is an ultra-high performance summer tire that replaced the original Nitto NT555. Progressing from a benchmark is easier than starting from scratch – the NT555 G2 builds on the original with a revised tread pattern, and gains in overall traction, handling, and braking in wet conditions.

These tires are serious performance products, with a particularly scrutinizing and judgmental buying audience. So, how has the NT555 G2 survived and made a name for itself in this highly competitive tire category, with the likes of Michelin, Continental, and others vying for top honors?

Here are a few things to know about Nitto’s flagship ultra-high performance summer tire:

  1. This tire is engineered for maximum traction in warm/summer conditions

With a sharp focus on warm-weather traction, the NT555 G2 is specifically engineered to excel in summer conditions most conducive to spirited driving. Unlike performance all-season tire alternatives, the NT555 G2’s performance attributes aren’t compromised by also having to deliver traction when temperatures drop close to the freezing point and below.

The result is a tire that is comprehensively designed to shine with maximum grip and handling characteristics in optimal summer driving conditions.

Due to its summer-specific tread compound, the NT555 G2 drastically loses grip in temperatures below about 40° F. The NT555 G2 isn’t safe to be used year-round, through four seasons.

  1. Tread design for ultimate traction and handling attributes

The NT555 G2 offers tread design enhancements over the original NT555, including:

  • Twin center ribs for increased dry traction and straight-line stability.
  • Large tapered blocks improve grip capabilities and cornering stability.
  • Reinforced shoulder treadblocks help create gains in dry and wet cornering grip.
Close-up of NT555 tread
Close-up of NT555 tread

The updated, summer-focused silica compound is the final piece of the performance puzzle.

“A special bonding agent increases the interaction between all the compound elements to reinforce bonds for higher compound rigidity during cornering, resulting in better handling capabilities in both wet and dry.” –

  1. Stiff sidewall and reinforced shoulder treadblocks create maximum responsiveness

High maximum grip is requisite for any tire operating in the ultra-high performance summer tire category. However, the best deliver not only maximum grip but satisfying handling attributes and maximum responsiveness as well.

The NT555 G2 delivers that high, immediate sense of control to the enthusiast driver via an extra stiff sidewall and reinforced shoulder treadblocks that reduce the filtering effect between your steering inputs and the action occurring at the pavement level.

Reinforced tread
Reinforced tread
  1. Circumferential tread grooves for traction on wet roads

The NT555 G2 is distinguished from Nitto’s more dedicated track tires like the NT01 in wet traction/performance, especially.

Large circumferential tread grooves effectively channel and evacuate water, ensuring a consistent connection between tread and pavement, even in standing water conditions.

Close-up of tread grooves
Close-up of tread grooves
  1. Specifically engineered for rear-wheel drive, high horsepower performance vehicles

With a section width of 275 mm or greater – which is common on original equipment on high horsepower, rear-wheel drive vehicles – feature even larger tread blocks than sizes 265 mm or less. This contributes to an increased contact patch and more effective performance launches.

This specialized tread demonstrates Nitto’s commitment to, and understanding of, its enthusiast audience and how it will use its tires.

  1. Excellent affordability as compared to ultra-high-performance summer alternatives

For example, in tire size 275/35ZR18, the NT555 G2 is significantly less than alternatives.

For many enthusiasts, particularly those who have a tendency to wear through tires at an unconventional rate, this initial cost savings will be a compelling proposition.

Tire specifications
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Check out customer reviews of the Nitto NT555 G2:

With an overall customer rating of 4.5/5 from TireBuyer driving enthusiasts, the NT555 G2 has largely achieved the approval of this discriminating tire audience.

“Bought 4 Nitto NT555 G2 tires for my 1996 Corvette. What a great tire. No road noise, nice tread and a great price. I would highly recommend these tires.” – Nitto NT555 G2 TireBuyer user

“I love Nittos in general, and these tires are my go to on my FRS. Literally haven’t got anything but these for the car.” – Nitto NT555 G2 TireBuyer user

NT555 G2 performance ratings
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Order the NT555 G2 today, and we’ll deliver fast and free to your doorstep, or a preferred local installer – typically within just 1-2 days.

Choice of tire is a hugely important decision for enthusiasts; we got you. Give us a call to discuss the NT555 G2 and any other options for your vehicle: 866-961-8668.

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