2011 AMS Ultra High Performance Tyre Test

In 2011, Auto Motor Und Sport tested 11 tyres on a VW Golf GTD in the popular size of 225/45 R17. As with previous years, AMS subjected the tyres to the usual mix of wet, dry and rolling resistance tests.

Interestingly, it wasn't one of the premium brands that won this test but the Nokian V. The Nokian secured the win due to its excellent wet braking and good rolling resistance, yet still managing to post an overall 3rd on the dry tests. A true no compromise tyre.

Second to eighth position were covered by the usual "big 5" premium brands, with only Goodyear missing from this test. Amongst the traditional big scorers was the now consistently scoring Vredestein Ultrac Cento and the Fulda Sport Control, two tyres certainly worth considering if you're on a budget.

The last 3 places were taken by the Toyo T1 Sport, GT Radial Champiro HGY and Kumho KU39, with common criticisms of these 3 tyres being high rolling resistance, poor wet performance and a risk of aquaplaning.

Nokian V1st: Nokian V
Total: 175 / Dry: 83 / Wet: 92
Overall: The best compromise of wet performance and rolling resistance

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Continental Sport Contact 32nd: Continental Sport Contact 3
Total: 162 / Dry: 81 / Wet: 81
Overall: Great wet and dry grip, slightly higher rolling resistance than the Nokian

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Bridgestone Potenza S0013rd: Bridgestone Potenza S001
Total: 160 / Dry: 84 / Wet: 76
Overall: Best tyre in the dry

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Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS34th: Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS3
Total: 156 / Dry: 81 / Wet: 75
Overall: Great tyre in the dry, a little let down by its wet performance

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Vredestein Ultrac Cento5th: Vredestein Ultrac Cento
Total: 156 / Dry: 72 / Wet: 84
Overall: Excellent braking performance

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx TT6th: Dunlop SP Sport Maxx TT
Total: 155 / Dry: 75 / Wet: 80
Overall: Joint with the Fulda, only the wet bias puts the TT ahead

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Fulda SportControl7th: Fulda SportControl
Total: 155 / Dry: 81 / Wet: 74
Overall: Great tyre in the dry, a little let down by its wet performance

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Pirelli P Zero8th: Pirelli P Zero
Total: 152 / Dry: 70 / Wet: 82
Overall: No comments

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Toyo Proxes T1 Sport9th: Toyo Proxes T1 Sport
Total: 140 / Dry: 74 / Wet: 66
Overall: No comments

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GT Radial Champiro HGY10th: GT Radial Champiro HGY
Total: 135 / Dry: 79 / Wet: 56
Overall: Scores well in the rolling resistance test, but compromises wet grip

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Kumho Ecsta KU3911th: Kumho Ecsta KU39
Total: 135 / Dry: 71 / Wet: 64
Overall: No comments

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