Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2

Dry Grip 93%
Wet Grip 94%
Road Feedback 97%
Handling 93%
Wear 96%
Comfort 87%
Buy again 89%
Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2

The Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2 is a Max Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

This tyre replaced the Dunlop SportMaxx RT

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Tyre review data from 17 tyre reviews averaging 93% over 33,700 miles driven.


Tyre Test Highlights

2016 Sport Auto UHP Summer Tyre Test - 2nd of 8 tyres

  • Positive - Good balance with quick steering response, short wet braking, good dry handling, very low rolling resistance
  • Negative - Relatively poor resistance to longitudinal aquaplaning
  • Overall - Particularly recommended

2016 GTU Performance Summer Tyre Test - 3rd of 14 tyres

  • Overall - Highly Recommended

2016 Test World Performance Tyre Test - 3rd of 13 tyres

  • Positive - Good grip on wet and dry roads, low rolling resistance
  • Negative - Slightly weak handling on wet roads
Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
205/40 R17 84W XL   E A 67 7.81kgs
205/45 R17 88W XL   C A 69  
215/45 R17 91Y XL   C A 67  
225/45 R17 94W XL   C A 71 9.05kgs
225/45 R17 94Y XL   C A 68  
225/45 R17 91Y   E A 68  
235/45 R17 94Y   C A 68  
235/45 R17 97Y XL   C A 69  
245/45 R17 95Y   C A 68  
245/45 R17 99Y XL   C A 68  
225/50 R17 98Y XL   C A 68 9.36kgs
225/50 R17 94Y   C A 66 9.20kgs
225/55 R17 97Y   B B 69 10.05kgs
235/55 R17 103Y XL   C A 68  
255/35 R18 94Y XL   C A 69  
265/35 R18 97Y XL   C A 70 10.15kgs
225/40 R18 92Y XL   C A 68 9.00kgs
235/40 R18 95Y XL   C A 69  
245/40 R18 97Y XL   C A 69 9.92kgs
245/40 R18 93Y   C A 69  
225/45 R18 95Y XL   C A 67 9.59kgs
235/45 R18 98Y XL   C A 69  
245/45 R18 100Y XL   B A 68  
255/45 R18 103Y XL   B A 69  
255/45 R18 99Y   C A 69  
225/35 R19 88Y XL   C A 68  
235/35 R19 91Y XL   C A 68 9.42kgs
245/35 R19 93Y XL   C A 67 9.53kgs
255/35 R19 96Y XL   C A 69  
245/40 R19 98Y XL   C A 69  
225/45 R19 92W   C A 68  
255/30 R20 92Y XL   C A 69  

Questions and Answers for the Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2

2016-12-01 - Dunlop sportmaxx rt2 or coopers zeon cs sport. both A rating for wet. Which one would be better? i have an Insignia.

The Dunlop SportMaxx RT2 has shown to be better than the Cooper in the 2016 Sport Auto UHP Tyre Test.

2016-11-02 - I'm considering buying a set of these tyres but the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance tyres look good too. So my main question is, If both sets of these tyres were the same price (Dunlop Vs Goodyear), which set would you go for? I currently drive a FWD Hyundai Coupe 1.6 ( A car which I find very heavy ) on Irish roads and need to upgrade my tyres immediately. At present, the tyres on my car are Landsail items, and are utter rubbish. Between horrible handling, a hard ride and high noise levels, I have to contend with the fact that 4 separate tyre dealers in my area couldn't balance my wheels correctly, so I have to swap them asap for a quality set-up.

That depends on your requirements from the tyre. The Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 is intended as a performance tyre, whereas the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance is a touring tyre. As such, the Dunlop will have a more sporty feel, and the Goodyear will offer more comfort. Both are excellent tyres and will offer significant improvements over your current landsail tyres.

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Size Price Range  
225/35 R19 £129.06 - £134.20 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/40 R18 £79.48 - £95.70 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £69.08 - £82.00 (22 Prices) Compare Prices >>
235/35 R19 £131.85 - £157.10 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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Top Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2 Review

Given 93% (breakdown) while driving a Renault Megane RS250 CUP (235/35 R19 W) on a combination of roads for 3,000 spirited miles
I have changed my ContiSportContact 5Ps with these. Quite happy so far. The car feels like more responsive and quiter. I have preferred these over SportContact6s purely because of the price advantage but it doesnt feel like a wrong choice so far. The rim protectors, which dont exist on 5Ps, are also nice. I have just painted my rims before installing these and these protectors have already save me from scratching the rims couple of times.
36 - tyre reviewed on April 30, 2016   

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Given 94% (breakdown) while driving a BMW 325i (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 10 spirited miles
I've had these tires for about 10.000 km now, and the rears are at about 6 mm and in good condition.
I drive spirited and very sporty often on backroads through italy and france and germany...
These tires feel absolutely great, alot of steering feedback and no sloppy stuff.
The tires were noticeable lighter than my worn conti cs5's! when i had them off the rim i compared both tires and the Dunlop was about 1.2kg lighter.
This reduces unsprung weight and makes evyething better.
Grip is excellent, even in wet pretty good. I got a 25% limited slip on the rear and can break out the rear to oversteer if i intend to.
Due to this the perceived level of comfort might be a bit lower for some... But i don't mind that since my car is harsh and full of polyurethane anyway.

For this price it's better than alot of other big names i tried.
The bridgestone potenza's i found mediocre, the conti's and goodyear eagle's .
I think this tire is a great combo of everything included price.
0 - tyre reviewed on January 10, 2017   
Smart roadster (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 1,500 spirited miles
Had 11 year old BF Goodrich before I switched to these ones (Smart Roadster just does not eat the tyres, they had 7mm left!). So the previous tyres were really hard as they were old. Consider this for the rest of this comment.

These felt very soft compared to the older tires, meaning less feedback from the road. Dry grip in curves is just the same as the old tires or even less so I'm a bit disappointed. Also, if the tyres need to warm to grip well.

However they are rather comfortable and quiet and work well in the rain, but I would buy some other model next time at least for the Roadster.
4 - tyre reviewed on October 8, 2016   
Given 100% (breakdown) while driving a Ford Focus 2.0 TDCI Titanium (225/45 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
After 15 000 km. it is time to share my opinion again. The wear is absolutely fabulous in comparisson with the previous gen. RT. In all other areas Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 2 scores perfect 10 too.
25 - tyre reviewed on September 14, 2016   
Given 80% (breakdown) while driving a Volvo V70 D5 185 Geartronic (245/40 R18 W) on a combination of roads for 1,000 average miles
Bought these to replace some Bridgestone RE050A that white lined like a cocaine addict in order to tame a big Volvo Diesel that was suffering torque steer, camber following, white lining and were some what noisy.

All the bad stuff is gone except under excessive acceleration when a small amount of torque steer is evident, but not surprising. Haven't tested in the wet yet, as the summer is upon us in driest Essex, but the dry running is as good as the Bridgestones and off the line under hard acceleration the traction control is noticeable by it's absence which is an improvement. White lining and camber following are not noticeable.

I have previously owned the original RT, 175 45 17 on a Citroen c4, and they were very good in the rain and and very quiet at speed, these (all be it pumped to Volvo ECO setting of 40PSI) are not so quiet (tyre fitter set them to 32PSI and they were quieter) and they smelt not so pleasant for the first 750 miles, though this was only when i got out of the car.
Fuel economy is the same which ever pressure you use, i will be off on a 350 mile round trip soon to verify.
2 - tyre reviewed on September 1, 2016   
Given 93% (breakdown) while driving a Mazda 3 MPS (225/40 R18 W) on a combination of roads for 1,300 spirited miles
Supplementary to the previous review: When i wrote that SportMaxx RT2 are one class down than Goodyear Asymmetric 2, i meant about comfort and noise and not in general. Also i forgot to say that these tires need more air because they are soft. I put 2.6 bar in front and 2.3 bar in rear.
8 - tyre reviewed on June 29, 2016   

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