2019 Sport Auto 20 Inch UHP Tyre Test

Test Summary
Wet BrakingContinental Sport Contact 6: 30.4 M
Bridgestone Potenza S001: 36.1 M
Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 34.6 M
Toyo Proxes Sport: 37.6 M
Wet HandlingGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2: 90.9 Km/H
Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3: 85.1 Km/H
Dry HandlingContinental Sport Contact 6: 115.8 Km/H
Toyo Proxes Sport: 112.6 Km/H
Rolling ResistanceHankook Ventus S1 evo 3: 09 kg / t
Bridgestone Potenza S001: 10.1 kg / t
NoiseToyo Proxes Sport: 72.6 dB
Bridgestone Potenza S001: 75.6 dB
Straight AquaToyo Proxes Sport: 80.8 Km/H
Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3: 73.5 Km/H
Subj. Dry HandlingContinental Sport Contact 6: 10 Points
Toyo Proxes Sport: 06 Points
Subj. Wet HandlingContinental Sport Contact 6: 9 Points
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R: 6 Points
Subj. ComfortGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2: 10 Points
Falken Azenis FK510: 06 Points
For 2019, Sport Auto Magazine has tested eight ultra high performance summer tyres in 245/30 R20 using a Civic Type R.

Sadly the new Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport wasn't included in the test, and instead the twice replaced Asymmetric 2 was left representing Goodyear. This meant the Continental SportContact 6 and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S could fight it out for the top spot overall.

The data below is interesting, as it shows in this size at least the Continental SportContact 6 is the better handling, and faster tyre in the dry, and has a significant advantage in the wet when compared to the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S. This once again proves that the gaps between the very best tyres on the market are extremely close, and the winner can be affected by choices such as size, vehicle used, and even driving style!

Dry

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4S was the best tyre during the dry braking testing, with a 0.4 meter advantage over the second placed Continental SportContact 6.

During dry handling, the Continental proved to be both the fastest tyre, and have the best steering feel and handling. The usual dry-dominant Michelin could only manage the sixth fastest lap.

Wet

During wet braking, the Continental had a significant advantage, which is extremely unusual for this type of testing.

The wet braking advantage the Continental had didn't carry over to wet handling, this time with the aging Goodyear being the fastest tyre on test.

The Continental remained the best handling tyre on test subjectively.

The Toyo, the worst tyre in the dry, proved to have the best aquaplaning resistance.

Environment

The Continental also did an excellent job of blending outright grip and low rolling resistance, low noise and acceptable levels of comfort.

Results

Continental Sport Contact 61st: Continental Sport Contact 6
  1. Wet Braking: 1st (+0M)
  2. Dry Braking: 2nd (+0.4M)
  3. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-1.7Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 2nd (+0.1kg / t)
  6. Noise: 2nd (+0.6dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 5th (+-5.4Km/H)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Points)
  10. Subj. Comfort: 4th (+-2Points)
Positive: Excellent braking performance, quick and accurate steering response and good directional stability.
Negative: Average comfort, low aquaplaning resistance.
Overall: Highly Recommended.

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Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S2nd: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S
  1. Wet Braking: 3rd (+2.6M)
  2. Dry Braking: 1st (+0M)
  3. Wet Handling: 6th (+-3.9Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 6th (+-1.8Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5th (+0.6kg / t)
  6. Noise: 5th (+1.7dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 6th (+-5.6Km/H)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 3rd (+-2Points)
  10. Subj. Comfort: 2nd (+-1Points)
Positive: Best dry braking, good handling in the dry and wet.
Negative: Average comfort, lower wet grip.
Overall: Recommended.

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 23rd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
  1. Wet Braking: 5th (+3.4M)
  2. Dry Braking: 6th (+1.7M)
  3. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 2nd (+-0.8Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 4th (+0.5kg / t)
  6. Noise: 7th (+1.8dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 4th (+-5.2Km/H)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 4th (+-2Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
  10. Subj. Comfort: 1st (+0Points)
Positive: Good wet handling, good comfort.
Negative: Average braking.
Overall: Conditionally Recommended.

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Hankook Ventus S1 evo 34th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3
  1. Wet Braking: 4th (+3.2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 4th (+1.3M)
  3. Wet Handling: 8th (+-5.8Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 7th (+-2.1Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 1st (+0kg / t)
  6. Noise: 4th (+1.2dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 8th (+-7.3Km/H)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 6th (+-3Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 6th (+-3Points)
  10. Subj. Comfort: 5th (+-3Points)
Positive: Good braking, good dry handling.
Negative: Lower wet grip.
Overall: Conditionally Recommended.

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Bridgestone Potenza S0015th: Bridgestone Potenza S001
  1. Wet Braking: 8th (+5.7M)
  2. Dry Braking: 5th (+1.4M)
  3. Wet Handling: 5th (+-3.2Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 5th (+-1.5Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 8th (+1.1kg / t)
  6. Noise: 8th (+3dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 2nd (+-4Km/H)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 3rd (+-2Points)
  10. Subj. Comfort: 5th (+-3Points)
Positive: Good braking, good dry handling.
Negative: Longest wet braking distances, high rolling resistance, noisy.
Overall: Conditionally Recommended.

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Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R6th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R
  1. Wet Braking: 6th (+3.8M)
  2. Dry Braking: 3rd (+0.9M)
  3. Wet Handling: 6th (+-3.9Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 2nd (+-0.8Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6th (+1kg / t)
  6. Noise: 3rd (+0.8dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 7th (+-5.8Km/H)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 4th (+-2Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 6th (+-3Points)
  10. Subj. Comfort: 5th (+-3Points)
Positive: Short dry braking, good dry handling.
Negative: Average aquaplaning resistance, long wet braking.
Overall: Conditionally Recommended.

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Falken Azenis FK5107th: Falken Azenis FK510
  1. Wet Braking: 2nd (+1.9M)
  2. Dry Braking: 7th (+2.6M)
  3. Wet Handling: 3rd (+-2.4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 4th (+-1Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 3rd (+0.4kg / t)
  6. Noise: 5th (+1.7dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 3rd (+-4.3Km/H)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 6th (+-3Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 6th (+-3Points)
  10. Subj. Comfort: 8th (+-4Points)
Positive: Good wet grip.
Negative: Long dry braking, slow steering.
Overall: Conditionally Recommended.

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Toyo Proxes Sport8th: Toyo Proxes Sport
  1. Wet Braking: 7th (+4.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 8th (+3M)
  3. Wet Handling: 4th (+-3.1Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 8th (+-3.2Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6th (+1kg / t)
  6. Noise: 1st (+0dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 1st (+0Km/H)
  8. Subj. Dry Handling: 8th (+-4Points)
  9. Subj. Wet Handling: 3rd (+-2Points)
  10. Subj. Comfort: 2nd (+-1Points)
Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: Longest dry braking, poor dry handling.
Overall: Conditionally Recommended.

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