2017 EVO Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsMichelin Pilot Sport 4
Best tyre for wet roadsMichelin Pilot Sport 4
The best tyre overallMichelin Pilot Sport 4
The lowest fuel useDunlop SportMaxx RT 2
The most comfortableMichelin Pilot Sport 4
The 2017 EVO magazine summer tyre test tested nine 225/40 R18 ultra high performance tyres using a VW Golf GTI.

As with previous years, the overall result is 60% subjective and 40% objective, making it quite a different test from the traditional tyre tests which rate objective data above subjective. This means that while the raw objective figures from the wet and dry tests are still important, how the tyre feels subjectively with regards to steering speed and car balance has an even more importance on the overall result.

The Top Three

2017 EVO Summer Tyre TestEven with the unique score weighting, the overall result isn't a surprise. The new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 wins the test by a convincing margin with a clean sweep in the subjective ratings, an extremely strong wet performance, and excellent road manners. This is the Michelin Pilot Sport 4's fifth win in five tests, continuing its 100% success rate.

The new Pirelli P Zero PZ4 takes second place. The Pirelli was the fastest in the wet and dry, but didn't quite have the steering feel or balance of the winning Michelin. The Pirelli also struggled in the curved aquaplaning test, where it could only manage eighth place, 20% behind the winning Dunlop.

Third place was awarded to the new Continental Premium Contact 6. This tyre merges the Sport Contact 5 and Premium Contact 5 tyres, and blends an excellent wet performance with good road manners. The negatives? The Premium Contact 6 was a little weak in the dry finishing last overall in dry handling, but the pack was so close this didn't cost the tyre too many points overall.

The Rest

Fourth place was taken by the Falken FK510. The mid-range Falken was more expensive than both the Goodyear and Dunlop on test, but offered a better blend of dry and wet objective and subjective performances, but was also the heaviest tyre on test and used the most fuel. When comparing the Falken to the best tyre on test, the Falken would cost you approximately 0.5mpg extra on a car which averaged around 30mpg.

The Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2, Bridgestone Turanza T001 Evo and Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 2 cover fifth to seventh place, split by just 0.5% overall. The Dunlop was one of the fastest tyres in the dry and had the lowest rolling resistance, but weak in the wet, whereas the Bridgestone was strong in the wet, but average in the dry. Seventh placed Hankook wasn't outstanding in any area, but wasn't really weak either.

Unusually the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 could only manage eighth place. As usual, the Goodyear was strong in wet handling, won the aquaplaning tests and was strong in dry braking, however it proved to be weak during dry handling, and scored very poorly subjectively in both the wet and dry which cost it a better result.

The Toyo Proxes Sport finished the test in last place, proving to be weak in both subjective and objective testing.

Data




Results

As always, we recommended visiting the evo.co.uk website, or buying EVO issue 238 for the full results. Our scoring below covers only the subjective dry and wet scoring (not objective), and "comfort" covers the road route EVO tested.

Michelin Pilot Sport 41st: Michelin Pilot Sport 4
Total: 308.2 / Dry: 41 / Wet: 56 / Comfort: 22.5 / Rolling Resistance: 90.6 / Overall: 98.1
Positive: Excellent in both subjective and objective testing. Best all round package on test.
Negative: None mentioned.

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Pirelli P Zero PZ42nd: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
Total: 297.4 / Dry: 39 / Wet: 54.5 / Comfort: 21 / Rolling Resistance: 87.2 / Overall: 95.7
Positive: Fastest in both the dry and wet.
Negative: Poor curved aquaplaning score.

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Continental Premium Contact 63rd: Continental Premium Contact 6
Total: 296.8 / Dry: 36.5 / Wet: 49.5 / Comfort: 22 / Rolling Resistance: 94.5 / Overall: 94.3
Positive: Fast in the wet, subjectively great in the dry and excellent on the road.
Negative: Slowest tyre in the dry, felt a little disconnected in the wet.

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Falken Azenis FK5104th: Falken Azenis FK510
Total: 284.9 / Dry: 38.5 / Wet: 50 / Comfort: 18 / Rolling Resistance: 85.6 / Overall: 92.8
Positive: Excellent in dry and wet testing, subjectively and objectively. Strong aquaplaning result.
Negative: Heaviest tyre on test, highest rolling resistance, least refined on the road.

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Dunlop SportMaxx RT 25th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2
Total: 293.1 / Dry: 33.5 / Wet: 46.5 / Comfort: 21 / Rolling Resistance: 100 / Overall: 92.1
Positive: Quick in the dry, good ride comfort, lowest rolling resistance, strong aquaplaning result.
Negative: Slow in the wet.

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Bridgestone Turanza T001 Evo6th: Bridgestone Turanza T001 Evo
Total: 292.2 / Dry: 34 / Wet: 52 / Comfort: 19.5 / Rolling Resistance: 94.9 / Overall: 91.8
Positive: Excellent feel in the wet, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Weak in curved aquaplaning, average road comfort.

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Hankook Ventus S1 evo27th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
Total: 284.3 / Dry: 32 / Wet: 47.5 / Comfort: 21 / Rolling Resistance: 92.2 / Overall: 91.6
Positive: An average all round performance with no real weaknesses.
Negative: An average all round performance with no real strengths.

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 38th: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3
Total: 280.3 / Dry: 29.5 / Wet: 48 / Comfort: 20.5 / Rolling Resistance: 91.6 / Overall: 90.7
Positive: Good in the wet, best aquaplaning overall, good dry braking, comfortable on the road.
Negative: Slow in the dry, poor subjective handling in the dry and wet.

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Toyo Proxes Sport9th: Toyo Proxes Sport
Total: 269.4 / Dry: 31.5 / Wet: 41 / Comfort: 17 / Rolling Resistance: 93 / Overall: 86.9
Positive: None mentioned.
Negative: Worst in nearly all objective testing, poor comfort on the road.

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