2016 AutoBild UHP Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsContinental Sport Contact 6
Best tyre for wet roadsHankook Ventus S1 evo2
The test we've all been waiting for is here, and it's round one to Continental.

The 2016 Auto Bild sports cars tyre test places six maximum performance tyres through their paces on a Jaguar F-Type, in 255/35 R20 front and 295/30 R20 rear sizes.

The new Continental Sport Contact 6 was tested against the reigning performance tyre king, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, and the result was surprising.

The previous Continental has always had the edge on the Michelin in the wet, but new the new Continental tyre also has the better dry grip and steering feel, at least according to this test.

The one area they didn't test was wear, which is where Michelin usually claws back some marks, but for now the new Sport Contact 6 looks to be every bit the tyre Continental have promised us!

It's also another strong performance for Hankook, with the Ventus S1 Evo 2. Hankook have been slowly improving this tyre, and in the 19 inch and above sizes, it is now testing extremely well! As the cheapest tyre on test, it has a price vs performance ratio that is hard to beat!

As we've yet to see the full article, we've summarised what we know in bullet points below. If you prefer this style of reporting, please let us know in the comment section at the bottom of the page.

2016 Auto Bild Sport Cars tyre test

Dry

  • Dunlop Sport Maxx GT and Vredestein Ultrac Vorti have a slightly slower steering response than the best on test.
  • The Yokohama steering is extremely quick, to the point of it unstabilising the car in the quicker corners.
  • The new Continental is the fastest in dry and the best subjectively, with a good balance front to rear.
  • Michelin is a close second in the dry, both in time and subjective feel.
  • The Hankook matches the Vredestein to finish joint third.

Wet

  • In the wet the Michelin aquaplaned early, something we're used to seeing from the dry optimised Pilot Super Sport.
  • The Hankook is the best in the wet overall, winning the aquaplaning, wet circle and wet braking tests.
  • The Yokohama and Vredestein have a good wet balance with a hint of understeer, but they can't match the Hankook under wet braking.
  • The Continental almost matches the Hankook in wet grip and is subjectively very good again, with the Michelin is once again very close to the new Continental.
  • The Dunlop has more oversteer in the wet than the other tyres.

Update 

We've a little more information on the dry and wet handling tests. 

The average SPEEDS of the tyres over a lap were (higher the better, ordered by dry speed, km/h)

Tyre Dry Wet
Continental 122.4 79.7
Michelin 121.2 78.0
Hankook 120.3 82.1
Yokohama 119.8 80.5
Vredestein 119.5 79.7
Dunlop 119.1 78.7

As you can see, the difference between the best and worst in the group is small in both the dry and wet

Results

Continental Sport Contact 61st: Continental Sport Contact 6
Total: 15 / Dry: 9 / Wet: 6
Positive: In the first test, the new Sport Contact 6 shines, especially in the dry. Excellent handling, fast steering and good road feedback. Short braking distances in both the dry and wet, and low noise round out a complete performance.
Overall: Exemplary

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Hankook Ventus S1 evo22nd: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
Total: 15 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 9
Positive: Very high resistance to aquaplaning, shortest braking in the wet
Overall: Exemplary

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport3rd: Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Total: 13 / Dry: 7 / Wet: 6
Positive: Fast accurate steering response, high lateral stability and short braking distances in the dry.
Negative: Poor resistance to aquaplaning, in the wet the car can oversteer quickly
Overall: Good

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Yokohama Advan Sport V1054th: Yokohama Advan Sport V105
Total: 12 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 7
Positive: Good handling and stability in the wet, short braking in the dry, low rolling resistance
Negative: An understeer balance in the dry
Overall: Good

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Vredestein Ultrac Vorti5th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
Total: 12 / Dry: 6 / Wet: 6
Positive: Good handling in the wet
Negative: Understeer in the dry, longer braking in the dry and wet
Overall: Satisfactory

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT6th: Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT
Total: 10 / Dry: 5 / Wet: 5
Positive: SHort braking in the wet and dry
Negative: Poor handling and oversteer balance in the wet
Overall: Satisfactory

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