|Best tyre for dry roads||Pirelli P Zero|
|Best tyre for wet roads||Pirelli P Zero|
|The lowest fuel use||Dunlop SportMaxx RT|
|The most comfortable||Pirelli P Zero|
Dunlop SportMaxx RT
|The quietest tyre||Hankook Ventus S1 evo2|
Dunlop SportMaxx RT
Proving its sporty background, Pirelli won the test with the P Zero. Thanks to a balanced performance with a particularly strong wet result the Pirelli P Zero was the only tyre to be "Very recommended".
Second to fifth were all awarded the "Recommended" status, with the Continental Sport Contact 5P narrowly beating the Hankook Ventus S1 Evo2 to second place thanks to a slightly stronger wet performance. Dunlop finished fourth with the SportMaxx RT, interestingly the tyre was praised for sharp steering in the wet, but poor steering in the dry which seems to be a confusing mix of qualities, and the Nokian zLine finished in fifth with a balance performance, but slow steering.
In joint sixth were Bridgestone and Kumho. The Bridgestone Potenza S001 had a poor time in the wet, and the Kumho Ecsta PS91 had an even worse time in the wet, but performed slightly better in the dry than the Bridgestone.
We've included the weight measurements in the final result. The Dunlop was the lightest tyre at 8.7kgs, and the Nokian the heaviest at 9.9kgs.
The overall score is weighted 40% wet, 50% dry and 10% noise and rolling resistance.
|1st: Pirelli P Zero|
Positive: Very high grip and shot braking distances on wet roads, good handling in all conditions, good comfort, low rolling resistance
Negative: Relatively low resistance to aquaplaning
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|2nd: Continental ContiSportContact 5 P|
Positive: High resistance to aquaplaning, good handling and short braking distances on wet roads, very good handling on dry surfaces, good comfort
Negative: A relatively high noise level
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|3rd: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2|
Positive: High resistance to aquaplaning, good handling in all conditions, low noise level
Negative: Increased rolling resistance
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|4th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT|
Positive: Good handling on wet roads, short braking distance on dry roads, very low rolling resistance, low noise level
Negative: Relatively long braking distances on wet surfaces, slow reaction to the steering in the dry
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|5th: Nokian zLine|
Positive: A balanced performance on dry and wet surfaces
Negative: Relatively weak resistance to aquaplaning, slow response to steering, rolling resistance
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|6th: Bridgestone Potenza S001|
Positive: Short braking distances on dry roads, good resistance to aquaplaning, good steering feel
Negative: Long braking distance on wet roads, average handling on dry surfaces, relatively low levels of comfort
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|7th: Kumho Ecsta PS91|
Positive: Good performance on dry surfaces
Negative: Poor handling and a strong tendency to understeer on wet surfaces
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