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For over two decades, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear, Michelin and Pirelli have been exclusively known as the "big six" - the world's only premium tyre manufacturers. Hankook are now joining that group, here's why.
This year, I'll be building this E92 BMW M3 into the ultimate track day tyre test car!
At the time of purchase it was the cheapest E92 M3 on the market, costing just £13,600 (CAT D), with sub 50,000 miles on the clock. It's a well specified 2008 car, with EDC (electronic damper control), full leather and even digital tv, which almost makes it a shame to tear it apart. But in the name of tyre testing, it must be disassembled.
As part of the build process, the car needed a shakedown. Goodyear kindly offered to provide a set of the new Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport tyres, and a place at the Goodyear sponsored EVO track days at Bedford AutoDrome.
Track day tyre tests are always a welcome read, as those of us who use our cars on track are often super switched on to the differences the tyres can make. This year AutoMail.Ru have tested four track day tyres in 225/45 R17 using a Mazda MX5 Cup car, and included the Continental PremiumContact 6 as a reference "normal" tyre.
It's worth remembering the MX5 is a light, relatively low powered car, so the results from this test might be different on something heavier.
The new Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport range is here, and it's the most exciting thing to happen in the world of tyre in years!
Comprised of three all new tyres, the SuperSport range is Goodyear firmly announcing they’re once again taking the maximum performance segment seriously, and taking the fight directly to Michelin and Continental for the battle of the best performance tyres available.
The new range sits above the more comfort bias UHP tyre, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5, and splits the very top of the performance segment into three new tyres.
Finnish magazine Moottori have recently compared eight 205/55 R16 tyre patterns that sit in the midrange price category!
While midrange tyres are cheaper than their premium rivals, they're not the cheapest tyres available on market, so in theory should still provide a reasonable level of performance, just offering better value.
The SUV and 4x4 segment has seen huge growth in the past five years, and with more and more sporty SUVs such as the Porsche Macan, Audi SQ5 and BMW X5M coming to market, the demand for ultra-high performance tyres in SUV sizes has been increasing dramatically.
Fortunately, Michelin has just reacted to that heightened requirement by launching the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV.
For 2019, Sport Auto Magazine has tested eight ultra high performance summer tyres in 245/30 R20 using a Civic Type R.
Sadly the new Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport wasn't included in the test, and instead the twice replaced Asymmetric 2 was left representing Goodyear. This meant the Continental SportContact 6 and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S could fight it out for the top spot overall.
The 2019 Auto Motor und Sport tyre test has tested eleven crossover SUV tyres in 215/55 R17. While this fitment isn't the most exciting fitment in the world, usually being found fitted to vehicles like the Vauxhall Mokka, Skoda Karoq, Seat Ateca, Hyundai Kona and Audi Q2, it is a high growth segment thanks to the huge sales of these types of cars.
The results of this test are fairly straight forward, with only one note. The Continental PremiumContact 5 tested has been replaced by the PremiumContact 6, which undoubtably would have fared better than the seventh place overall.
The 2019 Auto Bild AllRad SUV tyre test tested ten 225/55 R17 tyre patterns using BMW X3, covering dry, wet, gravel, mud and grass performance!
As with other tests in 2019, the gap between the best and worst tyres on test is getting ever smaller, and while the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 took another win, three tyres were awarded the second place slot!
The Continental PremiumContact 6, Hankook Ventus Prime 3 and Nokian PowerProof all were deemed "exemplary" buy Auto Bild, with each tyre having a slightly different balance of performance overall, but all equally as recommended.
Auto Bild's second summer tyre test of 2019 has tested eleven 245/45 R18 tyre patterns using a BMW 5 Series. This tyre and vehicle combination isn't an often tested setup, and has yielded some interesting results!
The Pirelli P Zero PZ4 (Sports Car variant) dominated the testing, with the shortest dry and wet braking, fastest wet handling lap and second fastest dry handling lap.
This is going to be a long test! The German publication Auto Bild often perform the most thorough tyre tests of any of the traditional publications, and 2019 is no exception. After taking fifty three 225/45 R17 tyre patterns through wet and dry braking testing to establish the top twenty available in the market, Auto Bild have run the best of the 17" tyres through an extremely thorough full test, and even included the often omitted wear test!
For 2019, the German publication Gute Fahrt has tested ten 225/40 R18 summer tyre patterns using a VW Golf, but unlike in 2018 where they included all season tyres in the test, this year they've included a 17 and 19 inch comparison tyre.
Every year Auto Bild test over fifty tyres in wet and dry braking testing to decide which twenty tyres make it through to the full summer tyre test. In 2019 they have tested 53 patterns, using the popular 225/45 R17 summer touring tyre size.
For the 2019 summer season Auto Zeitung have tested nine 235/45 R18 summer tyres, and included the summer-bias all season Michelin CrossClimate.
The stand out performances go to the new Continental Premium Contact 6 and Michelin Primacy 4, both showing extremely well balanced test results, and also the new Maxxis Premitra HP5. The quality of Maxxis tyres has quietly improving quickly over the past 12 months, and it's great to see the Premitra HP5 prove it's excellent price / performance ratio.
It's also worth noting, which the Michelin CrossClimate only finished seventh place overall, this is the only tyre on test which has any sort of ability in the snow. The trade for snow performance is often dry grip, but the CrossClimate held its own in a full summer tyre test, which makes it unique amongst all season tyres.
The 2019 summer tyre test season is underway, and as always the first published is by the German motoring organisation ADAC!
This year ADAC have tested sixteen 185/65 R15 summer tyre patterns using a VW Polo, and interestingly included the Michelin CrossClimate instead of the Michelin Energy Saver+ as the Michelin "summer" tyre.
During 2018, Tyre Reviews relaunched its YouTube channel, with a moderate amount of success. Views were strong, engagement was high, and there was demand for further tyre related videos which I have promised to create.
Now, a few months on from the last published video, comments are starting to appear on YouTube asking if I'm ok, if I've given up on tyres, and whether we'll ever see the promised videos. Well the good news is I am perfectly fine, I will NEVER give up on tyres, and the videos will come. They just take time to plan, execute and edit.
Read on to find out just why tyre testing can be so time consuming.
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 has just been announced!
The Asymmetric 5's predecessor, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, has always been one of the most popular tyres here at Tyre Reviews, so it will be really interesting to see how the new tyre fits into the competitive UHP / max performance segment overall.
As of yet, no one outside of Goodyear has tested the new tyre, but expect that to change in March next year. Keep an eye on the Tyre Reviews site / subscribe to the Tyre Reviews YouTube channel for full details!
The 2018 Auto Motor und Sport [AMS] winter tyre test has tested eleven winter tyre patterns in the popular 205/55 R16 winter tyre size, using a Seat Ibiza.
Following on from the 27 all season tyre braking shootout, Auto Bild have published their excellent 2018 all season tyre test. Testing the best ten 195/65 R15 all season tyres from the braking test, Auto Bild have done an incredibly thorough job putting all the tyre patterns through the usual array or dry, wet and snow testing.
As with the Auto Bild winter tyre test, the excellent German publication have placed a large number of all season tyres through wet and dry braking tests in order to find the top ten tyres for the full all season tyre test, which will include broader wet and dry testing, plus the inclusion of snow running.
In total 27 all season tyre patterns were tested in the popular 195/65 R15 size, and the spread of best to worst proved to be worringly large!