Dunlop SportMaxx RT

Dry Grip 90%
Wet Grip 87%
Road Feedback 84%
Progressiveness 82%
Wear 57%
Comfort 85%
Buy again 70%
Dunlop SportMaxx RT

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

This tyre replaced the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx TT

This tyre has been replaced by the Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2

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Tyre review data from 118 tyre reviews averaging 79% over 857,613 miles driven.


Tyre Test Highlights

2013 Sport Auto Max Performance Summer Tyre Test - 1st of 10 tyres

  • Overall - The Dunlop Sport Maxx RT is a very well balanced tyre. While not the fastest in any test, the steering precision and agility of the tyre makes it a pleasure to drive. Excellent braking and no overheating on the long dry runs.

2012 Subjective Shootout - Battle of the heavyweights - 1st of 2 tyres

  • Overall - The new Dunlop SP SportMaxx RT replaces the somewhat average SportMaxx TT, and in replacing the TT Dunlop have addressed nearly all the shortcoming of the previous tyre. When compared to the previous version, the SportMaxx RT turns harder, brakes better and offers more feedback through the wheel.

    When compared to the Continental Sport Contact 5 things get a little closer. In the dry, on the heavy Audi S4 the SportMaxx RT needs a little more slip to get the car turning, which gives is the impression of being a slower tyre. Things swing back towards the RT once the car is turning, with the big heavy S4 more stable mid corner, and the RT giving more confidence to make mid turn corrections. Once past the limit in the dry, the RT is snaps quickly out of a slide with the lightest lift of the throttle.

    In the wet, on the lighter Audi TT S things are even closer. Again, when directly compared to the Conti the Dunlop feels slightly slower to turn, but the total grip offered is indistinguishable at the limit. Like the dry, once the total grip offered has been past and you find the car sliding, collecting small slides on the Dunlop is a much easier and quicker affair. Maybe not quite as fun, but definately a more desirable quality of tyre on the road.

2014 Auto Zeitung Summer Tyre Test - 2nd of 12 tyres

  • Overall - Strong wet grip, short braking distances on dry roads and low rolling resistance: this is the recipe for success for the all-rounder from Dunlop
Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
205/45 R16 83W   E A 67 7.81kgs
205/50 R16 87W   E A 66 8.31kgs
225/50 R16 92Y   E A 67 9.46kgs
205/55 R16 91W   E B 67 8.62kgs
205/55 R16 91Y   E A 67 9.60kgs
205/55 R16 91Y   E B 67  
215/55 R16 97Y XL   C A 67 9.60kgs
215/55 R16 93Y   C A 67 9.60kgs
215/55 R16 97Y XL Segment 2 E B 67  
215/55 R16 93Y Segment 2 E B 67  
225/55 R16 99Y XL   C B 67 10.13kgs
225/55 R16 95Y   C A 67 9.99kgs
225/55 R16 95Y   E B 67  
195/40 R17 81V XL   E B 70 8.41kgs
215/40 R17 87W XL   C A 68 8.78kgs
245/40 R17 91Y   C A 67 9.62kgs
245/40 R17 91Y Segment 2 E A 67  
205/45 R17 88W XL   B B 66 8.33kgs
205/45 R17 88W XL   C B 66 9.33kgs
215/45 R17 91Y XL   E B 67  
215/45 R17 91Y XL   C A 67 8.48kgs
225/45 R17 91W   C B 67 9.19kgs
225/45 R17 91W   B A 69 9.13kgs
225/45 R17 91Y   C A 67 8.48kgs
225/45 R17 94Y XL   C A 67 8.42kgs
225/45 R17 94W XL   C B 67 9.36kgs
225/45 R17 91Y   E A 67  
225/45 R17 91Y Segment 2 C B 67  
225/45 R17 91Y   E B 69 9.14kgs
225/45 R17 94Y XL   E B 67  
225/45 R17 91Y   E B 67  
235/45 R17 94Y Segment 2 E A 68  
235/45 R17 94Y   C A 68 10.31kgs
235/45 R17 97Y XL   E B 68  
235/45 R17 97Y XL   C A 68 10.31kgs
245/45 R17 95Y   E A 68  
245/45 R17 95Y   C A 68 9.94kgs
205/50 R17 93Y XL Segment 2 E B 65  
205/50 R17 93Y XL   C A 65 8.81kgs
215/50 R17 95Y XL   E A 67 9.15kgs
215/50 R17 91Y   E A 67 9.15kgs
215/50 R17 95Y XL   E B 67  
225/50 R17 98Y XL   E B 67  
225/50 R17 94Y   E A 67  
225/50 R17 98Y XL Segment 2 B A 67  
225/50 R17 94Y Segment 2 C A 67  
225/50 R17 98Y XL   B A 68 9.84kgs
215/55 R17 94Y   E A 67 9.68kgs
225/55 R17 101Y XL   C A 67 10.37kgs
225/55 R17 101Y XL   C B 67  
225/55 R17 97Y   C A 67 10.30kgs
235/55 R17 99V   C A 67 11.49kgs
235/55 R17 103Y XL   C B 68  
235/55 R17 103Y XL   C A 68 10.68kgs
235/55 R17 99V   C C 68  
245/35 R18 92Y XL   C A 68 9.74kgs
255/35 R18 94Y XL   C A 68 10.76kgs
265/35 R18 97Y XL Segment 2 C A 69  
275/35 R18 95Y   C A 69 11.18kgs
205/40 R18 86Y XL   E A 69 10.18kgs
205/40 R18 86W XL   C B 66 8.81kgs
225/40 R18 92Y XL   E A 68  
225/40 R18 92Y XL   C A 68 9.52kgs
225/40 R18 92Y XL Segment 2 C A 68  
225/40 R18 92Y XL   B A 69 8.72kgs
225/40 R18 92Y XL   F A 67 9.75kgs
235/40 R18 95Y XL   E A 68  
235/40 R18 95Y XL   C A 68 10.56kgs
245/40 R18 93Y Segment 2 E A 68  
245/40 R18 97Y XL Segment 2 E A 68  
245/40 R18 97Y XL Segment 2 C A 68  
225/45 R18 95Y XL   E B 69 9.89kgs
225/45 R18 95Y XL Segment 2 C A 67  
225/45 R18 95Y XL   B A 68 9.58kgs
235/45 R18 98Y XL   C B 68 10.21kgs
245/45 R18 100Y XL   C A 68 10.67kgs
245/45 R18 100Y XL   C A 68  
255/45 R18 99Y   C A 68 11.07kgs
245/50 R18 100W   C A 68 12.86kgs
255/30 R19 91Y XL   C A 68 10.13kgs
285/30 R19 98Y XL   C A 69 12.57kgs
225/35 R19 88Y XL   C A 67 9.24kgs
235/35 R19 91Y XL   E A 69 10.96kgs
235/35 R19 91Y XL   F A 68 11.16kgs
235/35 R19 91Y XL Segment 2 C A 68  
245/35 R19 93Y XL Segment 2 C A 69  
255/35 R19 96Y XL   C A 69 11.23kgs
255/35 R19 96Y XL   C A 69 10.70kgs
255/35 R19 96Y XL   E A 70 11.77kgs
265/35 R19 98Y XL   E A 71 12.56kgs
225/40 R19 93Y XL   C A 68 10.38kgs
225/40 R19 93Y XL   C A 69 9.33kgs
235/40 R19 96Y XL   C A 68 10.71kgs
245/40 R19 98Y XL   C A 68 9.95kgs
255/40 R19 100Y XL   C A 69 11.94kgs
275/40 R19 101Y   C C 70 14.04kgs
275/40 R19 101Y   E A 67 14.45kgs
275/40 R19 101Y   C A 69  
225/45 R19 92W   C A 67 11.36kgs
245/45 R19 102Y XL   C A 68 13.19kgs
245/45 R19 102Y XL   C A 68 10.89kgs
235/55 R19 101W   C A 69 13.83kgs
305/25 R20 97Y XL   C A 70 12.90kgs
255/30 R20 92Y XL   E A 68 10.90kgs
285/30 R20 99Y XL   C A 69 12.41kgs
255/35 R20 97Y XL   C A 69 11.66kgs
305/25 R21 98Y XL Segment 2 C A 70  
255/30 R21 93Y XL   E A 68 10.75kgs
275/30 R21 98Y XL   F B 70 13.43kgs
335/25 R22 105Y XL   C A 71 15.75kgs
295/30 R22 103Y XL   C A 70 14.23kgs

Questions and Answers for the Dunlop SportMaxx RT

2016-07-30 - i have dunlop 225/45zr17 on my skoda suberb and i have 39000 kilometers on what millage would i expecp to get

That is excellent mileage for the Dunlop SportMaxx RT, especially if it is the front pair of tyres.

2016-10-08 - What is the correct psi for these tyres

The tyre pressure for the Dunlop Sport Maxx RT is vehicle and load specific. The correct tyre pressure for your vehicle can usually be found on a sticker in the door shut of the driver's door, or in the manufacturer's handbook.

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Size Price Range  
205/50 R16 £72.33 - £82.18 (6 Prices) Compare Prices >>
205/55 R16 £54.87 - £73.90 (15 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/45 R17 £80.88 - £127.30 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/40 R18 £80.32 - £129.50 (39 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £69.78 - £121.90 (40 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 57 tyre sizes - View all.

Top Dunlop SportMaxx RT Review

Given 91% (breakdown) while driving a Ford Mondeo Titanium X (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 6,000 spirited miles
Excellent tyre, fantastic performance.
6 - tyre reviewed on December 8, 2012   

Latest Dunlop SportMaxx RT Reviews

Given 80% (breakdown) while driving a Audi A4 1.8T S Line (245/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 10,000 spirited miles
Just good tyres overall, nothing more nothing less.
0 - tyre reviewed on October 12, 2016   
Given 70% (breakdown) while driving a SEAT Leon 2.0 TFSI (225/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 4,000 spirited miles
Front wheel drive, open diff (no lsd), 330bhp 450Nm, this tyre had hard mission.

I can say it is safe to driving a bit spirited with this tyre/power, but I dirnt expect that it as on semi slicks.

Tyre was all fine except a bit short life.
0 - tyre reviewed on September 5, 2016   
Given 54% (breakdown) while driving a BMW 325i M Sport (225/40 R18 W) on mostly country roads for 2,000 spirited miles
Using these on a BMW 325ti.

The RT is very quiet and has good initial bite on turn-in. However, it's very non-progressive in its behaviour - initial grip is strong but this is then given up far too quickly.

They may suit overweight, nose-heavy FWD cars very well, due to that strong initial grip on turn-in and the good ride quality, but on a RWD car they're mediocre at best - it's very difficult to get a progressive slide out of the back end. You get understeer as the back end grips, then snappy oversteer as it gives up. Mildly amusing as long as you have lots of run-off and a forgiving car, but on, for example, an S2000, they'd be terrifying.

They're a poor show for Dunlop, especially given the price is on a par with the current Goodyear Eagles. I've run two sets of ancient and theoretically inferior Goodrich G-Grips on the same car, and even nearly down to the cords, they're progressive and easy to find the limit with. Not so the Dunlops.
0 - tyre reviewed on September 1, 2016   
Mazda Mx5 2008 (205/50 R16 W) on mostly town for 30,000 average miles
After 3 years and 45000km there is no real wear but it seems that they have become hard because dry and especially wet grip is now bad. A very nice tire when new but now they need replacing
0 - tyre reviewed on June 20, 2016   
Given 70% (breakdown) while driving a Audi A4 Avant 1.9tdi Sport (245/45 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 16,000 easy going miles
Fitting these tyres absolutely transformed the car after moving from a set of Avon ZZ3. The rumbling noise I had previously thought was a faulty rear wheel bearing had disappeared and the car felt incredibly smooth, soft and SO SO QUIET, I was honestly amazed. They are a really nice looking tyre, especially the smooth sidewall with minimal graphics, a nice tread pattern and logo embossed in the tread. Dry grip very good and stability and braking, especially in the wet, was superb. They really seemed to shift water well. On the whole, I thought I had found my ideal tyre...however there is one huge drawback. The wear is absolutely shocking, especially at 80-90 GBP per corner. 16k miles and they were down to the limit. For that reason I won't buy again, which is a shame as otherwise they would be perfect.
0 - tyre reviewed on May 23, 2016   

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