2011 AMS Winter Tyre Test

We might be well into the winter tyre season, but this excellent winter tyre test from Auto Motor und Sport was too good to ignore.

Covering 14 of the leading winter tyres in 205/55 R16, AMS puts them through their paces with the typical thoroughness of a German magazine.

Goodyear UltraGrip 81st: Goodyear UltraGrip 8
Positive: Very good handling, good traction and short braking distances on snow, good wet performances, good comfort.
Negative: Stopping distance in dry conditions are not optimal

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Continental WinterContact TS8302nd: Continental WinterContact TS830
Positive: Very good handling characteristics and short braking distances on wet, snow-good characteristics, low noise.
Negative: Stopping distance in dry conditions are not optimal.

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Michelin Pilot Alpin 43rd: Michelin Pilot Alpin 4
Positive: Well-balanced driving characteristics under all conditions, very short wet braking, good comfort.
Negative: Only moderate aquaplaning properties.

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Nokian WR D34th: Nokian WR D3
Positive: Currently the best properties in the winter-competitive environment, good handling in dry conditions.
Negative: Only moderate wet performances.

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Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D5th: Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D
Positive: Well-balanced driving characteristics under all conditions, wet braking distances short, good comfort, low noise.
Negative: Snow traction is not optimal.

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Vredestein Snowtrac 36th: Vredestein Snowtrac 3
Positive: Good handling characteristics, short braking distance and snow traction, good wet performances.
Negative: Only moderate aquaplaning properties.

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Pirelli Winter Snow Control Series 37th: Pirelli Winter Snow Control Series 3
Positive: Good handling characteristics and short braking distances and good traction on snow, very low rolling resistance.
Negative: Poor aquaplaning properties.

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Toyo Snowprox S9538th: Toyo Snowprox S953
Positive: Good handling on dry roads, good comfort, low noise levels.
Negative: Only average snow traction, moderate aquaplaning properties.

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Sava eskimo hp9th: Sava eskimo hp
Positive: Very good handling, good traction and short braking distances on snow.
Negative: Average properties in wet and dry, high rolling resistance.

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Fulda Kristall Control HP10th: Fulda Kristall Control HP
Positive: Very good handling, good traction and short braking distances on snow.
Negative: Average properties in wet and dry, high rolling resistance.

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM3211th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM32
Positive: Good driving comfort and low road noise, satisfactory performance on snow.
Negative: Long dry braking distance, high rolling resistance.

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Apollo Acelere Winter12th: Apollo Acelere Winter
Negative: Good handling and very good braking performance on dry roads.
Overall: Poor handling on snow.

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Falken Eurowinter HS43913th: Falken Eurowinter HS439
Positive: Very good driving characteristics on dry roads, good comfort.
Negative: Unsatisfactory handling on snow, just average in the wet.

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GT Radial Champiro Winterpro14th: GT Radial Champiro Winterpro
Positive: Good handling characteristics on dry roads, good comfort.
Negative: Unsatisfactory handling on snow, average in the wet.

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