2013 European Summer Sports Tyre Test

We don't usually analyse the European tyre test, carried out by the excellent German ADAC organisation, but this one was too good to ignore.

Not only is it the first year they've used a tyre larger than 16", there's several new tyres involved in the 225/45 R17 tyre test. It's the first time we've seen the new replacement for the Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta in a group test, along side some of it's new mid range stable mates, the Toyo T1 Sport and the Falken FK453, and its the first time we've seen the Continental Sport Contact 5 beat the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2. Interesting!

The Details

The reason we don't usually analyse the ADAC test is because it's a little thin on words, and sadly this year is no different. What we can do, is work out a little bit of form from the data.

The Continental beat the Goodyear thanks to a stronger wet performance, as it scored lower in the dry, was noisier, used more fuel and wore more quickly. It's not unusual for tests to be weighted towards wet performance, and in this instance wet performance was worth 40% of the final grade, compared to 20% for the dry performance. Still, an excellent result for the Sport Contact 5, clearly the best in the wet and not far behind in the dry.

The Goodyears new sister, the Dunlop SportMaxx RT matched the Goodyear in everything but the dry, where it was only a little behind, and the fourth place Michelin almost matched the Dunlop, just losing out in rolling resistance and wear (oddly for a Michelin...) but second best in the wet.

Fifth place is very respectable for the new Vredestein Ultrac Vorti, especially when you consider the tyres it's normally compared against, the Falken FK453 and Toyo T1 Sport finished thirteenth and sixteenth respectively. The Vredestein matched the top placed Goodyear in the dry and got excellent wear results, just slightly marked down for its wet and rolling resistance results.

The Bridgestone Potenza S001 had a relatively poor result ending ninth due to an average wet showing, despite being excellent in the dry, and for some reason Pirelli supplied the P7, instead of the more appropriate P Zero. The result, eleventh.

Other points of note are a strong performance for both Hankook and Semperit, and a poor result for Uniroyal with one of our favourites, the Rainsport 2. While the Uniroyal was still extremely strong in the wet, it was let down by high fuel consumption and a bad dry result. The rumour on the street is the Rainsport 3 is due this year... it should move things on nicely.

The Results

Continental Sport Contact 51st: Continental Sport Contact 5
Total: 38 / Dry: 8.8 / Wet: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 8.8 / Noise: 5.4 / Wear: 7
Positive: A very balanced tyre, top marks in the wet, good on dry roads, low fuel consumption

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 22nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
Total: 38.6 / Dry: 9.2 / Wet: 7.2 / Rolling Resistance: 8.2 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 8
Positive: A very balanced tyre, top marks on dry pavement, good on wet roads, relatively low wear

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Dunlop SportMaxx RT3rd: Dunlop SportMaxx RT
Total: 38 / Dry: 8.8 / Wet: 7.2 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 8
Positive: A very balanced tyre, good on dry and wet roads, relatively low wear

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Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS34th: Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS3
Total: 37.6 / Dry: 8.8 / Wet: 7.6 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Noise: 6.6 / Wear: 7
Positive: A very balanced tyre, particularly strong in the wet, good on dry pavement

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Vredestein Ultrac Vorti5th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
Total: 38.2 / Dry: 9.2 / Wet: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 7.4 / Noise: 6.2 / Wear: 8.4
Positive: A very balanced tyre, top marks on dry pavement, good on wet roads, low wear

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Hankook Ventus S1 evo26th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
Total: 37 / Dry: 8.4 / Wet: 7.2 / Rolling Resistance: 7.8 / Noise: 6.6 / Wear: 7
Positive: A very balanced tyre, good in the wet

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Semperit Speed Life7th: Semperit Speed Life
Total: 38.2 / Dry: 7.6 / Wet: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 9.2 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 8.4
Positive: A very balanced tyre, top marks in fuel consumption, good in the wet, low wear

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Apollo Aspire 4G8th: Apollo Aspire 4G
Total: 36.4 / Dry: 8.4 / Wet: 6.6 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Noise: 6.4 / Wear: 7.4
Positive: Perform well in almost all disciplines
Negative: A little weak in the wet

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Bridgestone Potenza S0019th: Bridgestone Potenza S001
Total: 36.8 / Dry: 9 / Wet: 6.6 / Rolling Resistance: 7.8 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 7.4
Positive: Especially good on dry roads
Negative: A little weak in the wet

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Kumho Ecsta KU3910th: Kumho Ecsta KU39
Total: 35.6 / Dry: 8.2 / Wet: 6.6 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Noise: 6.2 / Wear: 7
Positive: Perform well in almost all disciplines
Negative: A little weak in the wet

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Pirelli CINTURATO P711th: Pirelli CINTURATO P7
Total: 38.6 / Dry: 8.2 / Wet: 6.6 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Noise: 6.2 / Wear: 10
Positive: Top marks for wear
Negative: A little weak in the wet

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Yokohama C Drive212th: Yokohama C Drive2
Total: 38.6 / Dry: 8.8 / Wet: 6.6 / Rolling Resistance: 8.2 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 9
Positive: Good on dry roads, low wear and good fuel consumption
Negative: A little weak in the wet

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Falken FK45313th: Falken FK453
Total: 36.8 / Dry: 8.8 / Wet: 6.4 / Rolling Resistance: 7.8 / Noise: 6.4 / Wear: 7.4
Positive: Good on dry roads
Negative: A little weak in the wet

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Uniroyal Rainsport 214th: Uniroyal Rainsport 2
Total: 33.8 / Dry: 6.8 / Wet: 7.6 / Rolling Resistance: 7.2 / Noise: 5.8 / Wear: 6.4
Positive: Particularly strong in the wet
Negative: Weaker on dry pavement, relatively high fuel consumption and wear

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ESA Tecar Spirit UHP15th: ESA Tecar Spirit UHP
Total: 38 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 8 / Noise: 6 / Wear: 10
Positive: Top marks for wear
Negative: Bad in the wet

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Toyo Proxes T1 Sport16th: Toyo Proxes T1 Sport
Total: 35.6 / Dry: 8.8 / Wet: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 7.6 / Noise: 5.8 / Wear: 7.4
Positive: Good in the dry
Negative: Poor in the wet

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Nexen N800017th: Nexen N8000
Total: 35 / Dry: 8 / Wet: 7.4 / Rolling Resistance: 7.8 / Noise: 6.4 / Wear: 5.4
Positive: Particularly strong in the wet
Negative: Very high wear

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Syron Race 1 plus19th: Syron Race 1 plus
Total: 33.2 / Dry: 7.6 / Wet: 4.2 / Rolling Resistance: 8.6 / Noise: 5.8 / Wear: 7
Negative: Very poor in the wet

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