2013 Auto Zeitung Summer Tyre Test

This years 2013 Auto Zeitung tyre test included twelve 215/55 R16 summer premium touring tyres. As ever, read the comments attached to the results for the full story!

The Results

Dunlop Sport BluResponse1st: Dunlop Sport BluResponse
Total: 262 / Dry: 127 / Wet: 135
Dry: Shortest dry braking and fastest lap time due to extremely high grip. Excellent steering precision and cornering stability
Wet: Excellent braking, high lateral grip and second fastest wet lap time
Overall: A well balanced tyre, extremely strong in both the wet and dry means the new Dunlop Sport BluResponse is the test winner

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Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance2nd: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
Total: 255 / Dry: 121 / Wet: 134
Dry: Close to the Dunlops dry lap time, the Goodyear has a good dry balance and high grip. Low rolling resistance.
Wet: Like the Dunlop, the Goodyear is extremely stable with good wet grip. Only a slightly longer wet braking distance drops it a point
Overall: As with all Goodyear products, the new EfficientGrip Performance shines with its safety related qualities, taking second in this test

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Continental Premium Contact 53rd: Continental Premium Contact 5
Total: 241 / Dry: 119 / Wet: 122
Dry: Stabling handling in the dry, good braking and a very low rolling resistance
Wet: Strong wet braking. Not the fastest wet lap time, but extremely safe in the wet
Overall: While the Premium Contact 5 isn't the fastest tyre in the dry or wet, it does provide a good all round ability with an extremely low rolling resistance

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Vredestein Sportrac 54th: Vredestein Sportrac 5
Total: 237 / Dry: 121 / Wet: 116
Dry: Excellent dry braking and a very fast dry lap time. Low rolling resistance
Wet: Wet braking not on par with the top 3, but a quick wet lap with balanced grip
Overall: Good in the wet and excellent in the dry, the new Sportrac 5 gets a commendable fourth place

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Bridgestone Turanza T0015th: Bridgestone Turanza T001
Total: 234 / Dry: 116 / Wet: 118
Dry: Very quite and low rolling resistance, short braking distances and well balanced handling
Wet: Excellent aquaplaning properties, lacking a little traction in the wet lap
Overall: The Turanza T001 is a very well balanced tyre and very close to the Vredestein

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Nokian Line6th: Nokian Line
Total: 224 / Dry: 106 / Wet: 118
Dry: Good dry braking and a very comfortable tyre. Not the quickest dry lap due to slightly snappy handling
Wet: A fast wet lap, but fairly unstable at the limit, losing traction quickly
Overall: Good overall grip for the Nokian Line but let down by the tyres stability at the limit

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Uniroyal RainExpert7th: Uniroyal RainExpert
Total: 223 / Dry: 95 / Wet: 128
Dry: The RainExpert is known as a wet weather tyre, and it shows here with a slow dry laptime and average dry braking
Wet: Best longitudinal aquaplaning, excellent load change results, very safe to drive in the wet
Overall: Living up to its name, the Uniroyal is one of the best tyres in the wet, only to be let down by its dry performance

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Michelin Primacy 38th: Michelin Primacy 3
Total: 218 / Dry: 121 / Wet: 97
Dry: In the dry the Michelin is fast and safe
Wet: The Michelin Primacy 3 has a relatively weak wet performance needing large steering angles to turn the car
Positive: As a near opposite to the Universal, the Michelin is extremely strong in the dry, only to be let down by clumsy wet performance

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Apollo Alnac 4g9th: Apollo Alnac 4g
Total: 218 / Dry: 108 / Wet: 110
Dry: High rolling resistance, but strong on the brakes. Slight lack of grip in the long corners, average lap time
Wet: Excellent aquaplaning results and well balanced handling
Overall: A good start for the new Apollo Alnac 4G, high rolling resistance and slightly slow wet lap time leave it in ninth

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Hankook Ventus Prime210th: Hankook Ventus Prime2
Total: 215 / Dry: 106 / Wet: 109
Dry: A fast lap time, but highest rolling resistance and understeer in the fast corners
Wet: Average braking and a large steering angle needed in the wet
Overall: Strong braking, but the handling and stability of the tyre suffers

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Pirelli CINTURATO P711th: Pirelli CINTURATO P7
Total: 208 / Dry: 107 / Wet: 101
Dry: Average braking in the dry, but a good balance on the handling course. High rolling resistance
Wet: Good aquaplaning but long wet braking distances. Poor wet traction
Overall: Except in aquaplaning, the Pirelli doesn't really shine in any category

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Falken ZIEX ZE914 EcoRun12th: Falken ZIEX ZE914 EcoRun
Total: 176 / Dry: 102 / Wet: 74
Dry: Quick dry steering but only average braking and a slow lap time
Wet: Oversteer at the limit, a lack of traction on the drive axle, long braking and a slow turn-in make the Falken ZE914 Ecorun poor in the wet
Positive: Poor braking in both the wet and dry, and average lap times make the Falken a non-recommended tyre

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