2015 AZ 225/40 R18 Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsPirelli P Zero
Best tyre for wet roadsPirelli P Zero
The lowest fuel useGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
The most comfortableGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
Continental Sport Contact 5
Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS3
The quietest tyreGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
Kumho Ecsta PS91
Falken FK453
Westlake SA 07
Dunlop SportMaxx RT
The 2015 Auto Zeitung summer ultra high performance tyre test is here, and once again the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 is back on the top step!

This year AZ have tested fourteen tyre patterns in the popular 225/40 R18 tyre size. During the testing they covered over 1,200km of dry and wet testing, and weighted the scores in favour of the wet results.

There were no real surprises in the top six places, with Bridgestone the only premium brand being edged out by Nokian. None the less, this is a strong result for the Bridgestone Turanza T001 which seems to have come good in the last six months of testing, normally Bridgestone would have submitted the Potenza S001 in this size, so there's obviously an upgrade to the range happening.

Vredestein ended up in a disappointing 11th with the Vorti. The Ultrac Sessanta was always well regarded for its wet performance, however the Vorti seems to have taken a step back when compared to its other midrange rivals such as Falken, Kumho and Nokian.

As always, the test was concluded with a budget tyre. The Westlake had some of the best rolling resistance on test, but had extremely long wet braking distances, and a tendency to snap oversteer in the wet, combined with early understeer in the dry.

Results

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 21st: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
Total: 269 / Dry: 99 / Wet: 129 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 25 / Noise: 8
Positive: High traction, good lateral support and braking on wet surfaces, short braking distances and high level of safety in the dry, low rolling resistance

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Pirelli P Zero2nd: Pirelli P Zero
Total: 263 / Dry: 102 / Wet: 134 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 13 / Noise: 7
Positive: Very short braking distances, excellent handling and predictable behavior at the limit of grip on wet surfaces, Good handling and safe execution of the emergency maneuver in the dry

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Continental Sport Contact 53rd: Continental Sport Contact 5
Total: 253 / Dry: 96 / Wet: 130 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 14 / Noise: 5
Positive: Good handling when cornering on wet surface, High resistance to aquaplaning, Low rolling resistance, Good results in the dry
Negative: Longer braking on wet surfaces, high noise levels

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Dunlop SportMaxx RT4th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT
Total: 246 / Dry: 94 / Wet: 113 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 24 / Noise: 8
Positive: Short braking distances on wet surfaces, short braking distance on dry roads, low rolling resistance
Negative: Slow response to steering and a tendency to understeer in the dry

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Nokian zLine5th: Nokian zLine
Total: 246 / Dry: 93 / Wet: 116 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 23 / Noise: 7
Positive: Good braking on dry and wet surfaces, low rolling resistance
Negative: Lack of agility and lateral stability in the wet, tendency to oversteer in the dry

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Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS36th: Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS3
Total: 245 / Dry: 92 / Wet: 121 / Comfort: 8 / Rolling Resistance: 17 / Noise: 7
Positive: Predictable behavior with a tendency to understeer in the wet, effective braking on wet surface, good handling on dry roads, best time slalom in the dry

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Bridgestone Turanza T0017th: Bridgestone Turanza T001
Total: 244 / Dry: 96 / Wet: 114 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 20 / Noise: 7
Positive: Good traction on wet roads, high speed, good security and straight steering response on dry road, low rolling resistance
Negative: Relatively long braking distances on wet surfaces

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Yokohama Advan Sport V1058th: Yokohama Advan Sport V105
Total: 236 / Dry: 98 / Wet: 115 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 10 / Noise: 6
Positive: Balanced behavior, good lateral stability of the front wheels and acceptable braking properties on wet surface, good lap time and high grip on dry surfaces
Negative: High rolling resistance

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Falken FK4539th: Falken FK453
Total: 233 / Dry: 96 / Wet: 110 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 13 / Noise: 8
Positive: Good resistance to aquaplaning, good lateral stability and late transition to understeer in the wet, stable handling on dry roads
Negative: Relatively long braking distances on wet surfaces, high rolling resistance

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Kumho Ecsta PS9110th: Kumho Ecsta PS91
Total: 223 / Dry: 92 / Wet: 100 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 16 / Noise: 8
Positive: Good dry braking, low rolling resistance
Negative: Poor handling and a relatively long braking distances on wet surfaces, tendency to oversteer in the dry

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Vredestein Ultrac Vorti11th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
Total: 216 / Dry: 94 / Wet: 93 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 15 / Noise: 7
Positive: Good lateral grip on the front axle on a dry surface, short braking distance on dry roads
Negative: Nervous behavior and long braking distances on wet roads, tendency to oversteer in the dry

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Fulda SportControl12th: Fulda SportControl
Total: 201 / Dry: 86 / Wet: 81 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 21 / Noise: 7
Positive: Low rolling resistance
Negative: Long braking distances on wet surfaces - a clear tendency to understeer and long braking distances on dry roads

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Cooper Zeon CS Sport13th: Cooper Zeon CS Sport
Total: 190 / Dry: 84 / Wet: 79 / Comfort: 6 / Rolling Resistance: 14 / Noise: 7
Negative: Long stopping distances, remarkable tendency to oversteer and low speed cornering on wet surfaces, low traction and braking in the dry

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Westlake SA 0714th: Westlake SA 07
Total: 171 / Dry: 75 / Wet: 60 / Comfort: 7 / Rolling Resistance: 21 / Noise: 8
Positive: Low rolling resistance
Negative: Nervous handling on the rear axle, and the longest braking distances on wet surfaces, poor resistance to aquaplaning, long braking distances and very early transition to understeer in the dry

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