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
Total: 79.2 / Dry: 35.2 / Wet: 44
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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 22nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
Total: 79.5 / Dry: 35.4 / Wet: 44.1
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Hankook Ventus S1 evo23rd: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
Total: 79.8 / Dry: 35.4 / Wet: 44.4
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Dunlop SportMaxx RT4th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT
Total: 80 / Dry: 36.3 / Wet: 43.7
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Pirelli CINTURATO P75th: Pirelli CINTURATO P7
Total: 80.4 / Dry: 35.1 / Wet: 45.3
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Continental Sport Contact 56th: Continental Sport Contact 5
Total: 80.5 / Dry: 36.8 / Wet: 43.7
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Uniroyal Rainsport 27th: Uniroyal Rainsport 2
Total: 81.1 / Dry: 36.5 / Wet: 44.6
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Bridgestone Potenza S0018th: Bridgestone Potenza S001
Total: 81.9 / Dry: 36.5 / Wet: 45.4
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BFGoodrich g Force Profiler9th: BFGoodrich g Force Profiler
Total: 82.8 / Dry: 36.8 / Wet: 46
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Fulda SportControl10th: Fulda SportControl
Total: 82.8 / Dry: 37.2 / Wet: 45.6
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Nexen N800011th: Nexen N8000
Total: 83.1 / Dry: 37 / Wet: 46.1
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Barum Brillantis 212th: Barum Brillantis 2
Total: 83.3 / Dry: 37.2 / Wet: 46.1
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Toyo Proxes T1 Sport13th: Toyo Proxes T1 Sport
Total: 83.7 / Dry: 36.9 / Wet: 46.8
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Michelin Primacy 314th: Michelin Primacy 3
Total: 83.8 / Dry: 37.5 / Wet: 46.3
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Kumho Ecsta KU3915th: Kumho Ecsta KU39
Total: 84.8 / Dry: 37.9 / Wet: 46.9
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Marangoni Mythos16th: Marangoni Mythos
Total: 85.7 / Dry: 36.8 / Wet: 48.9
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GT Radial Champiro HPX17th: GT Radial Champiro HPX
Total: 85.7 / Dry: 38.1 / Wet: 47.6
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Meteor HP Sport18th: Meteor HP Sport
Total: 85.7 / Dry: 37.2 / Wet: 48.5
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Sava intensa uhp19th: Sava intensa uhp
Total: 85.8 / Dry: 38.4 / Wet: 47.4
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Firestone Firehawk SZ9020th: Firestone Firehawk SZ90
Total: 86.5 / Dry: 37.1 / Wet: 49.4
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21st: Porsche 997 911 Carrera 4
Total: 86.7 / Dry: 37.2 / Wet: 49.5
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Semperit Speed Life22nd: Semperit Speed Life
Total: 86.8 / Dry: 38.4 / Wet: 48.4
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Kleber HYDRAXER23rd: Kleber HYDRAXER
Total: 86.8 / Dry: 37.8 / Wet: 49
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Matador MP 46 Hectorra 224th: Matador MP 46 Hectorra 2
Total: 87.4 / Dry: 38 / Wet: 49.4
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Falken FK45325th: Falken FK453
Total: 87.5 / Dry: 38.1 / Wet: 49.4
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Yokohama ADVAN Sport26th: Yokohama ADVAN Sport
Total: 88.2 / Dry: 38.8 / Wet: 49.4
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Vredestein Ultrac Cento27th: Vredestein Ultrac Cento
Total: 88.6 / Dry: 37.7 / Wet: 50.9
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Maxxis MA Z1 Victra28th: Maxxis MA Z1 Victra
Total: 88.7 / Dry: 40.2 / Wet: 48.5
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Achilles ATR Sport29th: Achilles ATR Sport
Total: 88.8 / Dry: 38.1 / Wet: 50.7
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Nexen N300030th: Nexen N3000
Total: 89.4 / Dry: 38.5 / Wet: 50.9
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Riken Maystorm 2 B 231st: Riken Maystorm 2 B 2
Total: 89.5 / Dry: 38 / Wet: 51.5
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Cooper Zeon CS632nd: Cooper Zeon CS6
Total: 90.3 / Dry: 38.5 / Wet: 51.8
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Avon ZV533rd: Avon ZV5
Total: 90.7 / Dry: 39.6 / Wet: 51.1
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Kormoran Gamma B235th: Kormoran Gamma B2
Total: 91.2 / Dry: 38.9 / Wet: 52.3
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Syron Race 136th: Syron Race 1
Total: 92 / Dry: 37.8 / Wet: 54.2
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Goodride SA0538th: Goodride SA05
Total: 95.3 / Dry: 39.9 / Wet: 55.4
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Marshal Matrac FX MU1139th: Marshal Matrac FX MU11
Total: 96.5 / Dry: 40.5 / Wet: 56
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Runway ENDURO 916 Plus40th: Runway ENDURO 916 Plus
Total: 98 / Dry: 42 / Wet: 56
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Kenda KAISER KR2041st: Kenda KAISER KR20
Total: 98.3 / Dry: 39.7 / Wet: 58.6
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Linglong L68842nd: Linglong L688
Total: 99.6 / Dry: 39.1 / Wet: 60.5
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Zeetex HP10244th: Zeetex HP102
Total: 100.9 / Dry: 39.1 / Wet: 61.8
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Wanli S106345th: Wanli S1063
Total: 102.3 / Dry: 41.3 / Wet: 61
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Infinity INF 0546th: Infinity INF 05
Total: 102.5 / Dry: 39.6 / Wet: 62.9
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Sunny SN380048th: Sunny SN3800
Total: 104.4 / Dry: 41.3 / Wet: 63.1
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Rockstone Radial F10550th: Rockstone Radial F105
Total: 113.4 / Dry: 41.7 / 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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