2013 Auto Bild Performance Summer Tyre Test

This years Auto Bild Performance tyre test takes place in 225/35 R18 with 8 different tyres on a Mini Coupe John Cooper Works.

Unfortunately 225/35 R18 isn't the most popular of tyre sizes, which means some of our highest rated tyres, such as the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 weren't included in the test.

As always, review comments along side each tyre.

The Results

Continental Sport Contact 51st: Continental Sport Contact 5
Total: 30 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 9 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 4
Positive: A sporty tyre with exemplary handling characteristics in wet and dry conditions. Excellent safety reserves with aquaplaning, short braking distances
Negative: High pass-by noise

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Pirelli PZero Nero2nd: Pirelli PZero Nero
Total: 33 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 7 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 4 / Noise: 9
Positive: Great tyre with convincing sporty handling qualities. Shortest braking distances on wet track, good ride comfort, low driving noise
Negative: Slightly high rolling resistance

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Nexen N80003rd: Nexen N8000
Total: 31 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 6 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 5 / Noise: 7
Positive: A strong all all-rounder with a balanced performance on wet and dry conditions. Stable running, short braking distances, excellent ride comfort and low noise
Negative: Average rolling resistance. Subjectively a little numb

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Bridgestone Potenza S0014th: Bridgestone Potenza S001
Total: 30 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 5 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6
Positive: Sporty dynamic performance with stable cornering, short braking distances, low rolling resistance
Negative: Slight understeer in the wet

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Marangoni Mythos5th: Marangoni Mythos
Total: 27 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 5 / Comfort: 3 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 6
Positive: Good safety reserves with aquaplaning, short braking distances on dry roads, quiet noise level
Negative: Slight understeering driving behavior, increased rolling resistance

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Toyo Proxes T1 Sport6th: Toyo Proxes T1 Sport
Total: 27 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 4 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 6 / Noise: 5
Positive: Balanced handling and short braking distances on dry roads
Negative: Only average safety reserves to aquaplaning, average handling qualities when wet

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Sunew YS6187th: Sunew YS618
Total: 23 / Dry: 4 / Wet: 1 / Comfort: 2 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 7
Positive: Quiet road noise, low rolling resistance
Negative: Strong understeering driving behavior, dangerously long braking distances in wet, moderate ride comfort

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Yokohama Parada Spec 28th: Yokohama Parada Spec 2
Total: 24.1 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 0.1 / Comfort: 5 / Rolling Resistance: 9 / Noise: 5
Positive: Short dry braking distances, excellent rolling resistance
Negative: Severely bad aquaplaning results, dangerously long braking distances in the wet

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