2010 Auto Bild Ultra High Performance Tyre Test

2010 Auto Bild Ultra High Performance Tyre Test If you're interested in premium, ultra high performance sports tyres this is the tyre test to read. Germanys leading car publication Auto Bild has thoroughly tested no less than 7 premium ultra high performance road tyres on a 457bhp 6.3 litre Mercedes C63 AMG.

Wearing 255/30 19 rubber on the rear and 235/35 19 up front, Auto Bild put each tyre through a set of ten challenging tests in both the wet and dry. While results (below) speak for themselves, here are the key highlights from the group test:
  • Continental can be proud of the new SportContact 5P. It wins with best dry braking, best dry handling, and best wet braking with an impressively strong showing.
  • Pirelli place second with another excellent result for brand in the last 6 months. This further supports their recent turn of form in the group tests. Their latest compounds are working well.
  • Hankook have a strong overall performance finishing 3rd despite being the second cheapest tyre on test.
  • Dunlop have a surprisingly average test with the Sport Maxx GT not excelling in any area. This is especially shocking in the dry performance tests where the tyre is designed to excel.
  • While the Goodyear Eagle F1 was relatively disappointing in the dry it was the strongest in the wet. It's reputation of being the wet weather king is secure and is a good safe tyre for year round driving.
  • The Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 had a poor overall showing but with the Pilot Sport PS3 recently launched it should perform much better in the wet, noise and rolling resistance tests next year.
  • It was no surprise the cheapest tyre, the Syron Race 1, placed last. It was however a surprise it had the strongest aquaplaning scores. Can't work that one out.

Here's the data from the tyre test. As always it's worth checking out the original article at Auto Bild (if your German is good!)

Test Car: Mercedes C63 AMG (235/35 19 front 255/30 19 rear)
Overall
Continental SportContact 5P(1050 euro)
Pirelli P Zero (1100 euro)
Hankook Ventus S1 evo (830 euro)
Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT (930 euro)
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric (840 euro)
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 (1100 euro)
Syron Race 1 (700 euro)
Dry Handling (average speed in km/h)
Continental SportContact 5P 91.7
Pirelli P Zero 91.5
Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 91.2
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 90.7
Hankook Ventus S1 evo 90.2
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 89.7
Syron Race 1 88.7
Dry Braking (from 100km/h in meters)
Continental SportContact 5P 35.7
Hankook Ventus S1 evo 36.8
Pirelli P Zero 36.9
Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 37.3
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 37.5
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 38.9
Syron Race 1 39.6
Dry Comfort (Ride comfort determined subjectively)
No 19 inch wheels and tyres will provide ultimate comfort, but on this test the Goodyear, Pirelli and Continental tyres offer reasonable levels. The Dunlop and Michelin are less comfortable. The Hankook and Syron weren't mentioned.
Dry Noise (Drive-by at 50 and 80 km/h in dB)
Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 63.3 / 69.7
Syron Race 1 63.7 / 69.7
Hankook Ventus S1 evo 63.0 / 71.3
Continental SportContact 5P 65.4 / 71.4
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 65.4 / 72.3
Pirelli P Zero 66.1 / 72.3
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 66.2 / 74.1
Rolling resistance (average consumption of 13 litres)
Hankook Ventus S1 evo F 0.91 R 0.95
Continental SportContact 5P F 0.98 R 0.95
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 F 0.99 R 1.00
Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT F 1.03 R 1.04
Pirelli P Zero F 1.03 R 1.12
Syron Race 1 F 1.10 R 1.13
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric F 1.14 R 1.11
Wet Curved Aquaplaning (average lateral acceleration in ms2)
Syron Race 1 3.71
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3.67
Continental SportContact 5P 3.56
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 3.39
Pirelli P Zero 3.34
Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3.14
Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 3.13
Straight Aquaplaning (speed in km/h)
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 90.8
Syron Race 1 89.8
Continental SportContact 5P 89.7
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 88.6
Pirelli P Zero 88.4
Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 87.7
Hankook Ventus S1 evo 86.1
Wet Braking (from 100km/h in meters)
Continental SportContact 5P 58.4
Hankook Ventus S1 evo 59.2
Pirelli P Zero 61.9
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 61.9
Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 62.3
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 63.7
Syron Race 1 69.7
Wet Circular Orbit (time in seconds)
Hankook Ventus S1 evo 11.2
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 11.3
Continental SportContact 5P 11.5
Pirelli P Zero 11.5
Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 11.6
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 12.0
Syron Race 1 12.7
Wet Handling (average speed in km/h)
Hankook Ventus S1 evo 82.7
Pirelli P Zero 82.7
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 81.3
Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 80.9
Continental SportContact 5P 80.5
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 79.7
Syron Race 1 78.5




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Thank you for the answer. And sorry for the spam.. I have no idea why, I did only post it one time yesterday! Maybe it's when I refresh my browser or something. An Admin can just cut the dual spam post below posts.. :)
Posted at 2010-06-29 07:49:55 | Was this comment helpful? Please login to vote
Does this test show that Syron Race 1 is a shitty tire? Or are the rest in the pack just extremely good? I ask because my girlfriend has these tires on a "normal" car (Mazda2). So would I be worried that this tire comes in last in this test, or would they be fine for a "family car"?
Posted at 2010-06-29 07:41:52 | Was this comment helpful? Please login to vote
Does this test show that Syron Race 1 is a shitty tire? Or are the rest in the pack just extremely good? I ask because my girlfriend has these tires on a "normal" car (Mazda2). So would I be worried that this tire comes in last in this test, or would they be fine for a "family car"?
Posted at 2010-06-29 07:09:30 | Was this comment helpful? Please login to vote
I'm sure the Syrons will be fine on your girlfriends car as long as she realises that in the wet, they're not a good tyre and keeps an appropriate distance.

Personally I'd want to wear through them quickly and put something decent on.
Posted at 2010-06-28 21:05:40 | Was this comment helpful? Please login to vote
Does this test show that Syron Race 1 is a shitty tire? Or are the rest in the pack just extremely good? I ask because my girlfriend has these tires on a "normal" car (Mazda2). So would I be worried that this tire comes in last in this test, or would they be fine for a "family car"?
Posted at 2010-06-28 13:53:31 | Was this comment helpful? Please login to vote
Too bad they didn't test the Michelin PS3.
Posted at 2010-05-10 13:07:00 | Was this comment helpful? Please login to vote
You answered your own question I think :)

The Continental SportContact 5P, Pirelli P Zero and Hankook Ventus S1 evo have all been released (or in the case of the P Zero, updated) in the past 6 months.
Posted at 2010-04-28 22:15:58 | Was this comment helpful? Please login to vote
Why is it that the Eagle F1 Asy was No 1 in just about every category and review in 2007 but yet, 3 years down the road, it's just in the top 5 in this group. It shows that tyre technology moves forward all the time, which is great news for us.
Posted at 2010-04-27 00:44:20 | Was this comment helpful? Please login to vote