The excellent German magazine Auto Bild have just published their 2011 max performance summer tyre test covering 10 tyres. Auto Bild decided to use the the popular 225/40 r18 tyre size, fitted to vehicles such as the Golf GTI, Focus ST, Audi S3, Octavia RS and the test car used, the Mazda3 MPS.
|1st: Hankook Ventus S1 evo|
Positive: Sport tires with good driving performance on wet and dry roads. Impeccable handling and Stable cornering on a wet runway. Short wet and dry braking distances, encouraging low rolling resistance.
Negative: Average ride comfort
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|2nd: Pirelli P Zero|
Positive: Top tires balanced sports handling qualities. Good steering response with good feedback and dynamic driving performance on dry roads. Shortest stopping distances on wet and dry roads
Negative: Average reserves to aquaplaning
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|3rd: Continental Sport Contact 3|
Positive: All round talent with balanced handling in all weather conditions. Good steering precision and cornering stability on dry roads. Short braking distances on wet track, encouraging low rolling resistance
Negative: Moderate ride comfort
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|4th: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric|
Positive: Dynamic all-rounder with very good handling on wet surfaces. High levels of resistance to aquaplaning, good ride comfort
Negative: Relatively high rolling noise, rolling resistance slightly increased
|5th: Uniroyal Rainsport 2|
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
|6th: Bridgestone Potenza S001|
Positive: Specialises in dry conditions with dynamic sporty handling, good steering precision and short braking distances. Good reserves to aquaplaning
Negative: Slightly longer braking distances in wet conditions, higher rolling resistance, road noise loudest.
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|7th: Dunlop SP Sport Maxx TT|
Positive: Good tires balanced without ups and downs, good aquaplaning safety reserves and short braking distances on wet and dry roads.
Negative: Slightly less grip in wet conditions, moderate ride comfort.
|8th: Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS3|
Positive: Good aquaplaning safety margins, more comfortable ride comfort, low rolling resistance
Negative: Moderate handling characteristics with a clear tendency to understeer on wet road, braking performance is average
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|9th: Falken ZE912|
Positive: low rolling resistance and extremely quiet
Negative: Poor driving behavior, delayed steering response and reduced lateral support, long braking distances on wet roads, reduced ride comfort
|10th: Linglong L688|
Positive: Low noise, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Poor understeer and load change-prone performance on wet and dry roads, dangerously long braking distances on wet roads, poor ride comfort.