2012 Autobild 50 Tyre Braking Test

In probably the largest tyre test of its type, the German magazine Auto Bild have tested 50 leading tyres in both dry and wet braking.

Designed to allow Autobild to take the best 15 tyres through to their 2012 max performance summer tyre test, the entire table makes for a very interesting overview of the tyre market.

Highlighting the difference in 225/45 R17 tyres, the best tyre (Nokian Z G2) stopped in just 44 meters in the wet from 100kph, while the worst tyre on test, the Rockstone F105, required nearly 28 metres further to stop at 71.7 metres! The Nokians wet braking distance was only a little longer than the worse dry braking score, at 42 metres for the Runway.

There were no real surprises in the top 15, other than Nexen beating brands such as Falken, Yokohama and Toyo, and a disappointing result for both Vredestein and Avon, in 22nd and 33rd respectively.

Unsurprisingly the table was rounded out exclusively by tyres from the far east, again showing at the budget end of the market you really do get what you pay for.

The Results

(total braking distance listed, the lower the better)

Nokian Z G21st: Nokian Z G2
  1. Total: 79.2
  2. Dry: 35.2
  3. Wet: 44
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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 22nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
  1. Total: 79.5
  2. Dry: 35.4
  3. Wet: 44.1
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Hankook Ventus S1 evo23rd: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
  1. Total: 79.8
  2. Dry: 35.4
  3. Wet: 44.4
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Dunlop SportMaxx RT4th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT
  1. Total: 80
  2. Dry: 36.3
  3. Wet: 43.7
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Pirelli CINTURATO P75th: Pirelli CINTURATO P7
  1. Total: 80.4
  2. Dry: 35.1
  3. Wet: 45.3
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Continental Sport Contact 56th: Continental Sport Contact 5
  1. Total: 80.5
  2. Dry: 36.8
  3. Wet: 43.7
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Uniroyal Rainsport 27th: Uniroyal Rainsport 2
  1. Total: 81.1
  2. Dry: 36.5
  3. Wet: 44.6
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Bridgestone Potenza S0018th: Bridgestone Potenza S001
  1. Total: 81.9
  2. Dry: 36.5
  3. Wet: 45.4
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BFGoodrich g Force Profiler9th: BFGoodrich g Force Profiler
  1. Total: 82.8
  2. Dry: 36.8
  3. Wet: 46
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Fulda SportControl10th: Fulda SportControl
  1. Total: 82.8
  2. Dry: 37.2
  3. Wet: 45.6
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Nexen N800011th: Nexen N8000
  1. Total: 83.1
  2. Dry: 37
  3. Wet: 46.1
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Barum Brillantis 212th: Barum Brillantis 2
  1. Total: 83.3
  2. Dry: 37.2
  3. Wet: 46.1
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Toyo Proxes T1 Sport13th: Toyo Proxes T1 Sport
  1. Total: 83.7
  2. Dry: 36.9
  3. Wet: 46.8
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Michelin Primacy 314th: Michelin Primacy 3
  1. Total: 83.8
  2. Dry: 37.5
  3. Wet: 46.3
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Kumho Ecsta KU3915th: Kumho Ecsta KU39
  1. Total: 84.8
  2. Dry: 37.9
  3. Wet: 46.9
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Marangoni Mythos16th: Marangoni Mythos
  1. Total: 85.7
  2. Dry: 36.8
  3. Wet: 48.9
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GT Radial Champiro HPX17th: GT Radial Champiro HPX
  1. Total: 85.7
  2. Dry: 38.1
  3. Wet: 47.6
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Meteor HP Sport18th: Meteor HP Sport
  1. Total: 85.7
  2. Dry: 37.2
  3. Wet: 48.5
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Sava intensa uhp19th: Sava intensa uhp
  1. Total: 85.8
  2. Dry: 38.4
  3. Wet: 47.4
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Firestone Firehawk SZ9020th: Firestone Firehawk SZ90
  1. Total: 86.5
  2. Dry: 37.1
  3. Wet: 49.4
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21st: Porsche 997 911 Carrera 4
  1. Total: 86.7
  2. Dry: 37.2
  3. Wet: 49.5
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Semperit Speed Life22nd: Semperit Speed Life
  1. Total: 86.8
  2. Dry: 38.4
  3. Wet: 48.4
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Kleber HYDRAXER23rd: Kleber HYDRAXER
  1. Total: 86.8
  2. Dry: 37.8
  3. Wet: 49
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Matador MP 46 Hectorra 224th: Matador MP 46 Hectorra 2
  1. Total: 87.4
  2. Dry: 38
  3. Wet: 49.4
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Falken FK45325th: Falken FK453
  1. Total: 87.5
  2. Dry: 38.1
  3. Wet: 49.4
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Yokohama ADVAN Sport26th: Yokohama ADVAN Sport
  1. Total: 88.2
  2. Dry: 38.8
  3. Wet: 49.4
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Vredestein Ultrac Cento27th: Vredestein Ultrac Cento
  1. Total: 88.6
  2. Dry: 37.7
  3. Wet: 50.9
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Maxxis MA Z1 Victra28th: Maxxis MA Z1 Victra
  1. Total: 88.7
  2. Dry: 40.2
  3. Wet: 48.5
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Achilles ATR Sport29th: Achilles ATR Sport
  1. Total: 88.8
  2. Dry: 38.1
  3. Wet: 50.7
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Nexen N300030th: Nexen N3000
  1. Total: 89.4
  2. Dry: 38.5
  3. Wet: 50.9
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Riken Maystorm 2 B 231st: Riken Maystorm 2 B 2
  1. Total: 89.5
  2. Dry: 38
  3. Wet: 51.5
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Cooper Zeon CS632nd: Cooper Zeon CS6
  1. Total: 90.3
  2. Dry: 38.5
  3. Wet: 51.8
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Avon ZV533rd: Avon ZV5
  1. Total: 90.7
  2. Dry: 39.6
  3. Wet: 51.1
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Kormoran Gamma B235th: Kormoran Gamma B2
  1. Total: 91.2
  2. Dry: 38.9
  3. Wet: 52.3
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Syron Race 136th: Syron Race 1
  1. Total: 92
  2. Dry: 37.8
  3. Wet: 54.2
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Goodride SA0538th: Goodride SA05
  1. Total: 95.3
  2. Dry: 39.9
  3. Wet: 55.4
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Marshal Matrac FX MU1139th: Marshal Matrac FX MU11
  1. Total: 96.5
  2. Dry: 40.5
  3. Wet: 56
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Runway ENDURO 916 Plus40th: Runway ENDURO 916+
  1. Total: 98
  2. Dry: 42
  3. Wet: 56
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Kenda KAISER KR2041st: Kenda KAISER KR20
  1. Total: 98.3
  2. Dry: 39.7
  3. Wet: 58.6
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Linglong L68842nd: Linglong L688
  1. Total: 99.6
  2. Dry: 39.1
  3. Wet: 60.5
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Zeetex HP10244th: Zeetex HP102
  1. Total: 100.9
  2. Dry: 39.1
  3. Wet: 61.8
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Wanli S106345th: Wanli S1063
  1. Total: 102.3
  2. Dry: 41.3
  3. Wet: 61
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Infinity INF 0546th: Infinity INF 05
  1. Total: 102.5
  2. Dry: 39.6
  3. Wet: 62.9
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Sunny SN380048th: Sunny SN3800
  1. Total: 104.4
  2. Dry: 41.3
  3. Wet: 63.1
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Rockstone Radial F10550th: Rockstone Radial F105
  1. Total: 113.4
  2. Dry: 41.7
  3. Wet: 71.7
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5 tyres not in our database featured in the 50.
34: Pneumant Tritec Sport: 39.7 / 51.1m
37: Westlake SA05: Same as Goodride SA05 in 38th
43: Autoguard SA802: 40.8 / 60.1
47: BCT S800: 39.9 / 62.6
49: Rapid P609: 41 / 66.1

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