Uniroyal Rainsport 2

Dry Grip 85%
Wet Grip 91%
Road Feedback 78%
Handling 76%
Wear 76%
Comfort 80%
Buy again 82%
Uniroyal Rainsport 2

The Uniroyal Rainsport 2 is a Ultra High Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

This tyre replaced the Uniroyal Rainsport

This tyre has been replaced by the Uniroyal Rainsport 3

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Tyre review data from 224 tyre reviews averaging 81% over 2,147,251 miles driven.

Tyre Test Highlights

2010 EVO Tyre Test - 2nd of 9 tyres

2011 Autobild Max Performance Summer Tyre Test - 5th of 10 tyres

  • Positive - The wet weather specialist sport tyre. Excellent safety reserves with aquaplaning, short wet and dry stopping distances, very quiet road noise
  • Negative - Delayed steering response and steering when sporty driving on dry roads

2012 Autobild 50 Tyre Braking Test - 7th of 45 tyres

Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
195/45 R14 77V   F B 71 6.26kgs
195/45 R15 78V   F B 71  
195/50 R15 82V   F B 71  
205/50 R15 86V   E B 71  
215/40 R16 86W XL   E B 72 7.76kgs
225/40 R16 85W   F B 71  
195/45 R16 84V XL   E B 72  
205/45 R16 83V   F B 71  
205/45 R16 83W   F B 71  
225/45 R16 89W   E B 71  
195/50 R16 88V XL   E B 72  
205/50 R16 87V   E B 71  
205/50 R16 87W   E B 71  
225/50 R16 92W   E B 71  
225/50 R16 92V   E B 71  
205/55 R16 91W   E B 71  
215/55 R16 93W   E B 71  
215/55 R16 97Y XL   E B 72  
225/55 R16 95W   E B 71  
225/55 R16 95V   E B 71  
225/55 R16 99Y XL   E B 72  
195/40 R17 81V XL   E B 72  
205/40 R17 84W XL   E B 72  
215/40 R17 87W XL   F B 72  
235/40 R17 90W   F B 71  
245/40 R17 91W   F B 71  
255/40 R17 94W   F B 72 9.99kgs
205/45 R17 88V XL   E B 72  
205/45 R17 88W XL   E B 72  
215/45 R17 87W   E B 71  
215/45 R17 87V   E B 71  
215/45 R17 91W XL   E B 72  
225/45 R17 94V XL   E B 72  
225/45 R17 91W   E B 71  
225/45 R17 94Y XL   E B 72  
235/45 R17 94W   F B 71  
235/45 R17 97W XL   E B 72  
245/45 R17 99Y XL   E B 72  
205/50 R17 93W XL   E B 72  
205/50 R17 89V   F B 71  
205/50 R17 93V XL   E B 72  
205/50 R17 89Y   F B 71  
215/50 R17 91W   F B 71  
215/50 R17 95Y XL   E B 72  
225/50 R17 98W XL   E B 72  
225/50 R17 94W   E B 71  
215/55 R17 94W   E B 71  
225/55 R17 101W XL   E B 72  
225/55 R17 97W   E B 71  
235/55 R17 99V   E B 71  
235/55 R17 103Y XL   E B 72  
215/35 R18 84Y XL   F B 72  
225/35 R18 87W XL   E B 72  
245/35 R18 92Y XL   F B 72  
255/35 R18 94Y XL   E B 73  
265/35 R18 93W   F B 72  
275/35 R18 99Y XL   E B 73  
225/40 R18 92Y XL   E B 72  
235/40 R18 95Y XL   E B 72  
235/40 R18 91W   E B 71  
245/40 R18 93Y   F B 71  
245/40 R18 97Y XL   E B 72  
275/40 R18 99W   F B 72  
215/45 R18 93W XL   E B 72  
225/45 R18 95Y XL   F B 72  
235/45 R18 98Y XL   E B 72  
245/45 R18 100W XL   E B 72  
255/45 R18 103Y XL   E B 73  
255/45 R18 99Y   F B 72  
235/50 R18 97V   E B 71  
225/55 R18 98V   E B 71  
235/55 R18 100H   E B 71  
235/55 R18 100V   E B 71  
255/30 R19 91Y XL   F B 73  
265/30 R19 93W XL   F B 73  
275/30 R19 96W XL   E B 73  
215/35 R19 85W XL   E B 72  
225/35 R19 88Y XL   F B 72  
235/35 R19 91W XL   E B 72  
245/35 R19 93W XL   F B 72  
255/35 R19 96Y XL   F B 73  
245/40 R19 98Y XL   E B 72  
255/40 R19 100Y XL   E B 73  
275/45 R19 108Y XL   E B 73  
255/50 R19 107Y XL   E B 73  
255/35 R20 97Y XL   F B 73  
275/35 R20 102Y XL   E B 73  
275/40 R20 106Y XL   E B 73  
275/45 R20 110Y XL   E B 73  
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Available in 3 tyre sizes - View all.

Top Uniroyal Rainsport 2 Review

Given 50% (breakdown) while driving a CitroŽn C5 Estate (225/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 35,000 spirited miles
Had them on the rears for the last 12 month as it's came with the car.
I've done 35k on them on rears (80% on the motorways) an it's just half-worn. The grip was not the worst, kept me well on the motorway in the shallow water. However for the last 5-8k noise exactly the same as dying hub bearing on 40-55 mph and vibration sound on over 60mph. As soon as I dropped them onto the fronts noise became incredibly loud and slight vibration on the steering wheel, although after they've been balanced well. Road feedback just below an average and no comfort at all.

Definitely will never buy again.
3 - tyre reviewed on August 4, 2014   

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Given 63% (breakdown) while driving a Lexus GS450h (245/40 R18 W) on a combination of roads for 38,000 easy going miles
Replaced the manufacturer's recommended tyres with these after good reviews and sporty appearance. Not cheap! Road noise, especially at motorway speeds, excessive.
Wear rate unacceptable for a semi-premium tyre. Will not buy again.
Currently have Nexen 6000 front tyres which are quieter, look good and are wearing much more slowly.
Michelin on the back - too soon to report.
0 - tyre reviewed on October 15, 2016   
Given 54% (breakdown) while driving a Toyota 2006 Avalon (215/55 R17) on mostly motorways for 10 average miles
They were fitted to the car when we bought it, rears were near new and the fronts were about half worn. Grip in the wet is fine, dry grip is OK but not as good as I'd expect from a high performance summer tyre, the sidewalls are soft so the ride is comfortable but the handling a bit imprecise compared with other high performance summer tyres. The tyres can be a bit noisy on some road surfaces but not too bad.
After about 10k miles of mostly motorway / autobahn driving the fronts are worn out, and whilst the rears still have about 4-5mm of tread, the LH rear is making a horrible noise and vibration at 4-50 mph, and again from 70-90 mph. Wheels bearings, wheel, brakes, suspension etc all in good condition so it has to be from the tyre.
Looking at other tyres to replace these.
0 - tyre reviewed on February 29, 2016   
Given 80% (breakdown) while driving a Renault twingo (195/40 R17) on mostly country roads for 18,000 spirited miles
Well, they are a little bit noisy and maybe uncomfortable. I bought them in the begining of the summer drought and I thought: "aghhh, what a mistake"... And then the rain fell... And I fell in love with this tyre.
The way Uniroyal Rainsport 2 performed in wet conditions was absolutely breathtaking. I have never experienced anything like that. Gave me so much confidence that I waited for the rain to fall just to take my Twingo133 for a ride, it grips like hell and you just enjoy cruising and speeding around as the water sprays from V-shape lines behind you.

Downsides? There are some, but I forgive them all.
Anyway, let me mention it: on dry and hot conditions, the tyre turns slowly, as the "side-wall" is a bit soft. It is strange in the begining as the car dives in a corner with a milisecond delay, but it's not a problem once you get used on it.
2 - tyre reviewed on February 22, 2016   
Given 84% (breakdown) while driving a Volkswagen fox (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 13,000 spirited miles
There's nothing worse than having to do an emergency stop or manuovre in the wet. But with these tyres, the only problem will be other cars not being able to stop behind you.

Handle very, very well in damp to very wet weather, the car handles almost like the road is dry. I do like to push to the limit from time to time, and sometimes I can't reach the limit of these.

I have used these on a vw polo and vw fox, and will always buy these again as I value wet weather confidence over outright dry weather performance.

Fitted all 4 tyres from new and still loads of tread left so far after around 21000 miles and over nearly 3 years.
1 - tyre reviewed on January 12, 2016   
Given 76% (breakdown) while driving a Vauxhall (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 9,000 average miles
These tyre certainly perform well - I've used them on 3 different cars. A 2 litre petrol Mondeo, a 2.0 litre TDCI Mondeo and a 2.0 TDCI SRI Astra hatch. They grip well in the dry, seem resistant to aquaplaning in the wet whilst they have good tread depth. Wear rate is fairly high - but with empathetic driving, I reckon 9k - 10k miles is about the most you can expect - less if you drive in a more spirited way. Road noise is a little higher than some and whilst new, the tread depth is very high - so feedback and progression is a little odd until they settle down. Side walls are not as strong as other tyres so avoid potholes or rocks - one of my 8 pairs developed an egg shaped buldge as a result of driving over a stone, but was sorted quickly under warranty. Good tyres overall - when you can find them but not cheap.
0 - tyre reviewed on July 10, 2015   

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