2016 EVO Summer Performance Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsMichelin Pilot Super Sport
Best tyre for wet roadsPirelli P Zero
The lowest fuel useGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3
The most comfortableGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3
The best steering feelVredestein Ultrac Vorti R
Testing nine of the latest max performance tyres, EVO have chosen the popular 235/35 R19 size, using a Ford Focus ST at Continentals circuit in Texas for the 2016 EVO Summer Tyre Test.

As always, EVO have dedicated 40% of the overall scoring to the subjective feel and handling of the tyre, rather than relying on data alone to judge. This means the results don't just reflect the tyres overall grip, but also how they make the driver feel, an often overlooked but important quality for performance tyres.

The objective tests cover wet and dry handling and braking, a wet steering pad, rolling resistance testing, straight and curved aquaplaning tests, and a road route where comfort and noise are assessed.

The Top Three

2016 EVO Summer Tyre TestFollowing on from a win in the AutoBild tyre test, Continental wins again with the new Sport Contact 6. The new Continental tops both the wet and dry braking tests, places strongly in wet and dry handling tests both timed and subjectively, and even manages a good result on the road route giving it an excellent all round performance.

Like the Continental, the joint second place Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 and Yokohama Advan Sport V105 earn their positions due to strong all round performances. The Goodyear scored particularly well in the wet handling, braking and aquaplaning tests and wins the road route and rolling resistance tests, while the Yokohama manages to score extremely well in both the dry and wet testing, but was a little let down by its road manners.

The Rest

Vredestein takes fourth place with the focused Ultrac Vorti R, which scores extremely well in the dry but is let down by poor aquaplaning results, whereas the fifth placed Dunlop earns its position by not excelling in any of the key tests, but by having no glaring failures either.

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport dominates in the dry both objectively and subjectively, but can only manage sixth position overall due to a weak showing in the wet, and a poor performance on the road route. This performance focused tyre clearly shows the trade in high performance driving pleasure for wet grip and comfort as the Michelin struggled with the standing water levels at the circuit.

Pirelli take seventh place overall with the older version of the P Zero. Second slowest in the dry, and scoring poorly subjective, a quick wet handling lap wasn't enough to make up for the poor braking results.

The last two places are taken by Hankook and Falken. The Hankook Ventus S1 Evo2 K117 struggled in both wet handling and braking, and only managed to beat Falken to eighth place overall due to a reasonable dry performance. The new Falken Azenis FK510 take last place, slowest in the dry, almost slowest in the wet, and second to last on the road route.

The Results

Please note, the dry and wet scoring below only reflect the handling scores, not the braking or aquaplaning. For full results please see EVO Magazine October 2016 issue.

Continental Sport Contact 61st: Continental Sport Contact 6
Total: 553.7 / Dry: 99.2 / Wet: 97.2 / Subjective: 177.9 / Comfort: 86.4 / Rolling Resistance: 93
Overall: Third fastest and best braking in the dry, extremely competent in the wet and solid road manners mean the new Sport Contact 6 wins. The best all round tyre on test.

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 32nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3
Total: 568.6 / Dry: 98.6 / Wet: 98 / Subjective: 172 / Comfort: 100 / Rolling Resistance: 100
Overall: Not as strong as the best in the test in the dry, but an excellent all round wet ability combined with the lowest rolling resistance and best levels of comfort win the new Goodyear joint second place.

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Yokohama Advan Sport V1052nd: Yokohama Advan Sport V105
Total: 543.8 / Dry: 98.7 / Wet: 99.2 / Subjective: 179.6 / Comfort: 86.4 / Rolling Resistance: 79.9
Overall: Much like the Goodyear, the Yokohama proved to be an excellent all round tyre, only slightly let down by the road route refinement.

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Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R4th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R
Total: 560.1 / Dry: 99.8 / Wet: 97.7 / Subjective: 187.2 / Comfort: 86.4 / Rolling Resistance: 89
Overall: The Vorti R was beaten only by the Michelin in the objective and subjective dry tests, and it scored strongly in the wet lap time too. The Vredesteins relatively weak braking and aquaplaning results stopped the tyre making the top three.

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Dunlop SportMaxx RT 25th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
Total: 552.3 / Dry: 98.5 / Wet: 97.6 / Subjective: 170.5 / Comfort: 86.4 / Rolling Resistance: 99.3
Overall: The Dunlop excelled in no key area, but as an all round package it was more balanced than the tyres below. A solid performance for one of the cheaper tyres on test.

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport6th: Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Total: 540.7 / Dry: 100 / Wet: 96.6 / Subjective: 177.8 / Comfort: 77.3 / Rolling Resistance: 89
Overall: The Michelin ruled the dry testing, both in outright performance and subjective steering feel, but it struggled in the wet running, one of the slowest on test. Excellent if you prioritise dry running and steering feel.

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Pirelli P Zero7th: Pirelli P Zero
Total: 557 / Dry: 97.9 / Wet: 100 / Subjective: 186.8 / Comfort: 86.4 / Rolling Resistance: 85.9
Overall: The previous generation Pirelli P Zero performed excellently in the wet lap time, but struggled in the dry both objectively and subjectively with the tyre dropping off be nearly one second between the first and second lap.

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Hankook Ventus S1 evo28th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
Total: 525.9 / Dry: 98.6 / Wet: 94.6 / Subjective: 154.9 / Comfort: 86.4 / Rolling Resistance: 91.4
Overall: The worst tyre in the wet was saved from last place by a mid table performance i the dry. Ok on the road, but lacking elsewhere.

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Falken Azenis FK5109th: Falken Azenis FK510
Total: 519.3 / Dry: 97.1 / Wet: 97 / Subjective: 156.5 / Comfort: 81.8 / Rolling Resistance: 86.9
Overall: Slowest in the dry, almost the slowest in the wet, one of the worst on the road route.

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