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We test the dominent Michelin Pilot Super Sport against the new boy to the max performance tyre segment, the Continental Sport Contact 6! Read on for the full details

2016 ACE All Season Tyre Test

The 2016 ACE magazine all season tyre test covers ten all season tyres in the popular 205/55 R16 tyre size using a VW Golf, and includes a summer and winter tyre as benchmarks.

Once again, the test highlights the fact that current all season tyres, with the exception of the Michelin CrossClimate, should be considered as slightly tweaked winter tyres and have all the drawbacks of the winter rubber in warm dry and wet conditions.

Maxxis Premitra HP5 - Launched

Maxxis HP5Maxxis have just launched their latest ultra high performance tyre, the Maxxis Premitra HP5, replacing the Maxxis Pro R1.

The Taiwanese tyre manufacturer dominates in Asia, and has OE fitments on a large number of brands. Maxxis started manufacturing tyres in 1967, and now boasts over 31,000 employees. Maxxis develops a tyre for every type of vehicle on the market, including car, truck, motorbike, quad, and even prams!

 

Testing nine of the latest max performance tyres, EVO have chosen the popular 235/35 R19 size, using a Ford Focus ST at Continentals circuit in Texas for the 2016 EVO Summer Tyre Test.

The 2016 Auto Express summer tyre test has just been published, and it's the first test to have the "holy 4"! The new Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 2Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3Michelin Pilot Sport 4 and Pirelli P Zero PZ4 have finally been tested together at the same track, on the same car (VW Golf GTI), in the same 225/40 R18 size!

The Test World ultra high performance summer tyre test puts thirteen 225/40 R18 tyre patterns through the usual array of wet, dry and environment testing using a VW Golf GTI.

Sadly, there's no Michelin Pilot Sport 4 in this test, with Test World testing the older Pilot Sport 3 pattern, but they have included the new Goodyear and Dunlop tyres.

Here at TyreReviews we often get asked what modifications are made to OE marked tyres such as * for BMW, N for Porsche, MO for Mercedes and AO for Audi.

Usually, we have to give the very general answer of "stuff" as the data isn't made publically available, but thanks to Pirelli, we can now offer a simplified insight as to what changes major vehicle manufacturers have requested for the new Pirelli P Zero during the OE approval process.

P Zero OE Ferrari

Runflat Tyres VS Seal Tyres

Runflat tyres have a bad reputation; they’re known for having poor ride comfort, tramlining, noise, low levels of wet grip, and if you puncture them very few places will actually repair a runflat due to the risk of sidewall damage. One new runflat tyre which nearly solves the runflat comfort and grip issues is the Bridgestone DriveGuard. (full report) This new type of runflat can be fit to any vehicle, and offers a very similar general experience to a regular tyre, but will still deflate in the event of a tread puncture.

Runflat tyre

The new Pirelli P Zero - Launched

The excellent, but ageing ultra high performance Pirelli P Zero has finally been replaced, and is now called the… Pirelli P Zero!

Launched in 2007, the P Zero has gone through a number of lifecycle updates, but the tread has always remained the distinctive P Zero pattern.

Not wanting to make things simple, the new P Zero has been launched in not one, but two new tread patterns, one designed for luxury saloons, and one for sports cars. As you would expect, the sports car version of the tyre targets prestigious OE manufacturers such as Ferrari, McLaren, Lamborghini and BMW //M division, and the luxury saloon version regular high end marques, such as Audi and BMW.

 

 

This year Sport Auto have chosen 235/40 R18 as their ultra high performance tyre test size. Sadly, this resulted in a couple of the key new tyres being left out, so Sport Auto also tested the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 in 225/40 R18 and the Continental Sport Contact 6 in 235/35 R19 to get an approximate idea of how they compared, but excluded them from the final results.

Continental pride themselves on safety, and their tyres often win ‘best in wet’ performance in tyre tests. This means while sometimes they're not be the most dynamic tyres on the market, they always safe due to scoring highly under wet and dry braking tests.

With this in mind, Continental's take on the track day market was never going to be a straightforward affair. Track day tyres are designed for maximum steering precision, which can often lead to a nervous balance, and they target ultimate dry lap time, which often leaves important safety criteria such as wet braking and aquaplaning resistance compromised.

Continental Force Contact

2016 GF All Season Tyre Test

This year the German magazine "Gute Fahrt" have tested nine all season tyres in 205/55 R16 using a VW Golf, plus summer and winter tyre for comparison.

While the full results are summarised below, we thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at how the all season tyres compared to the summer Continental EcoContact 5 and winter Dunlop WinterSport 5 included in the test.

The most popular tyre on TyreReviews has finally been replaced!

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 sidewall crop

Launched in February 2011, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 is the most reviewed tyre on TyreReviews, and has stood the test of time well. The creatively named replacement, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 promises to move the game on in every area, but in particular is boasting much improved wet and dry braking, lower fuel consumption and vastly better wear characteristics.

2016 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test

This year the German AutoBild magazine have taken the 15 best tyres from their 205/55 R16 50 tyre braking shootout through to the full test, and the result is another impressive win for Hankook!

GT Radial SportActive - Launched

GT Radial are on a mission to prove that Chinese tyre companies aren't all alike, and they seem to be succeeding. With a group turnover of over $4billion, they're one of the top ten tyre manufacturers in the world, and have over 32,000 staff distributing in more than 130 countries worldwide.

GT Radial Sport Active Launch

The latest tyre from GT Radial is the SportActive. Designed to be fitted in 17" and above, it's GT Radials first attempt at a ultra high performance tyre since investing heavily in European R&D (coincidentally located in the same town as Continental), and also their first sports tyre to take advantage of having bases of operations at seven test tracks around the world, resulting in year round development and testing.

With the recent release of the Michelin Pilot Sport 4, a great deal of discussion has been generated about the fate of the much loved Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

Is the sun setting on the Pilot Super Sport?

Michelin have so far remained relatively quiet on the subject, but with certain smaller Pilot Super Sport pattern tyres already being replaced with the Pilot Sport 4, new N rated Porsche sizes being announced in Pilot Sport 4, and EVO magazine incorrectly reporting the Pilot Super Sport range is finished, the online communities are full of mixed information!

In order to clear things up, we've been speaking with Michelin to find out exactly what's happening with everyone's favourite performance tyre.

One VW Golf wearing 205/55 R16 tyres, 50 different tyre patterns, and a lot of wet and dry braking tests gives us a good overview of the market in 2016. The dry test was braking from 62 mph, and the wet from 50 mph.

The test we've all been waiting for is here, and it's round one to Continental.

2016 Auto Bild Sport Cars tyre test

The 2016 Auto Bild Sports Cars tyre test placed six maximum performance tyres through their paces on a Jaguar F-Type, in 255/35 R20 front and 295/30 R20 rear sizes.

The new Continental Sport Contact 6 was tested against the reigning performance tyre king, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, and the result was surprising.

Testing in 225/45 R17, the GTU test is the first test to include the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2Falken Azenis FK510Toyo Proxes T1 Sport+ and GT Radial SportActive amongst the fourteen tyres tested! Sadly, the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 was absent from the test, but we can't have everything at once.

2016 ADAC Tyre Test - 225/45 R17

The 2016 ADAC 225/45 R17 summer tyre test is a classic ADAC by-the-numbers tyre test, with the results driven from data rather than subjective scoring.

Of the sixteen tyres tested, at least three patterns have already been replaced, with the Michelin Pilot Sport 3, Toyo Proxes T1 Sport and GT Radial Champiro HPY already superseded by the Michelin Pilot Sport 4Toyo Proxes T1 Sport+ and GT Radial Sport Active in late 2015.

Goodyear and Dunlop are also noticeably absent from this test, with the newly released Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 and Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 missing.

The first summer tyre test of 2016 is a curious one. ACE, the Automobile Club Europa, are often first to publish their regular summer tyre tests, but this year their first tyre test exclusively features midrange tyres.

Testing ten 195/65 R15 tyres on a VW Golf, ACE argue that the most important consideration for 90% of motorists is price, which is why they've chosen to tests tyres as cheap as 35/euros per tyre.

Bridgestone DriveGuard

The most criticsied aspect of runflat tyres is comfort, which is why Bridgestone have taken a fresh approach to the runflat tyre with the new Bridgestone DriveGuard. The new tyre promises improved comfort, noise, wet grip and reduced tramlining. Have Bridgestone solved the runflat problem with a fresh approach to the only type of tyre which can keep you mobile regardless of the type of puncture? We've driven on them to find out!

Michelin Pilot Sport 4With the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 officially going on sale at the start of 2016, but not launching to the press until later in the year, we were keen to get some miles on a set to answer the miriad of questions already appearing in our inbox.

The solution? Our long term Skoda Octavia VRS, which fortunately wears one of the launch sizies - 225/40 R18. Four tyres and 500 miles later, we're able to give our first impressions of the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4.

 

At the start of last year we predicted it would be the year of the all season tyre, and with six new all season tyres launched from nearly all the premium manufacturers, we're happy to report we were correct.

While all season tyres are interesting technically, and with the new Michelin CrossClimate moving the goalposts for how an all season tyre should perform, they're not exciting tyres to read about. Fortunately, 2016 is gearing up to be the year of the maximum performance tyre!

2016 - The year of the UHP Performance tyre

Michelin Pilot Sport 4With the Continental Sport Contact 6 already launched, and the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 announced, 2016 is shaping up to be a really exciting year for performance tyres.

Next up, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4. Many people felt the Pilot Sport name lost its direction as the Michelin Pilot Sport 3 didn't replace the Pilot Sport 2, but the slightly more touring bias Pilot Exalto 2. The true replacement for the Pilot Sport 2 came in the shape of the well regarded Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

 

Due to a number of cold and snowy winters, the UK population now understands winter tyres both exist, and aren’t just for snow and ice - they also offer a real benefit when the conditions are cold and wet. This is why tyre manufacturers recommend that for the highest level of safety during year round motoring, you should switch between dedicated summer and winter tyres.

car - new vs 4mm vs 2mm tyre wear performance

Read on to see how the tyres perform at various tread depths!

Continental WinterContact TS860

The Continental WinterContact TS860 might not be available until autumn 2016, but that hasn’t stopped Continental giving us a preview of the new tyre, and quite a tyre it is!

The outgoing Continental WinterContact TS850 has unquestionably been the "mid European" winter tyre to buy since its launch in 2012, having won 48 test and being recommended in 61 of the 68 tests it has been featured in. This means the new WinterContact TS860 has some big boots to fill.

 

 

The new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3Goodyear's answer to the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Continental Sport Contact 6 is finally here, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3!

While we've not yet had the chance to drive on it, the independent German test body TUV have done their usual array of tests, and found that the new Goodyear has 2.6 metres shorter wet braking (9% better performance) and 1.3 metres shorter dry braking (4% better performance) than the average of the Michelin Pilot Sport 3, Bridgestone Potenza S001 and Continental Sport Contact 5.

This is a tyre we're very excited about, so you can be sure we'll be reporting on the driving experience at the first opportunity. Read on for the full press release

It's the middle of November and the temperatures in the UK are still hovering around 14c, but with colder temperatures due next week, and even snow forecast in the northern parts of the country, now is a good time to look at the winter tyre market in 2015.

2015 Winter Tyre Guide

The UK climate represents a difficult challenge for car tyres. Warm enough to require a tyre that works well at higher temperatures, but not warm enough to make a summer tyre the best choice year round.

Can you run one tyre year round?

Until recently, tyres have fallen into three distinct categories: summer, all season and winter tyres. Traditionally, all season tyres have been developed from a winter tyre origins, which give them excellent snow performance but can impact dry and wet performance, especially in the warmer months. This year, Michelin have released the CrossClimate, which if the marketing is to be believed, promises to be a second type of all season tyre, one which started life as a summer tyre and has been gifted winter capabilities.

Is a summer and winter tyre combination the only safe option? Has the second generation Goodyear all season moved the game on? Can the new Michelin CrossClimate live up to the marketing hype? That's what we're here to find out.

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