2012 Autobild 50 Tyre Braking Test

In probably the largest tyre test of its type, the German magazine Auto Bild have tested 50 leading tyres in both dry and wet braking.

Designed to allow Autobild to take the best 15 tyres through to their 2012 max performance summer tyre test, the entire table makes for a very interesting overview of the tyre market.

Highlighting the difference in 225/45 R17 tyres, the best tyre (Nokian Z G2) stopped in just 44 meters in the wet from 100kph, while the worst tyre on test, the Rockstone F105, required nearly 28 metres further to stop at 71.7 metres! The Nokians wet braking distance was only a little longer than the worse dry braking score, at 42 metres for the Runway.

There were no real surprises in the top 15, other than Nexen beating brands such as Falken, Yokohama and Toyo, and a disappointing result for both Vredestein and Avon, in 22nd and 33rd respectively.

Unsurprisingly the table was rounded out exclusively by tyres from the far east, again showing at the budget end of the market you really do get what you pay for.

The Results

(total braking distance listed, the lower the better)

1st: Nokian Z G2

Nokian Z G2
  1. Total: 79.2
  2. Dry: 35.2
  3. Wet: 44
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2nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
  1. Total: 79.5
  2. Dry: 35.4
  3. Wet: 44.1
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3rd: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2

Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
  1. Total: 79.8
  2. Dry: 35.4
  3. Wet: 44.4
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4th: Dunlop SportMaxx RT

Dunlop SportMaxx RT
  1. Total: 80
  2. Dry: 36.3
  3. Wet: 43.7
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5th: Pirelli CINTURATO P7

Pirelli CINTURATO P7
  1. Total: 80.4
  2. Dry: 35.1
  3. Wet: 45.3
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6th: Continental Sport Contact 5

Continental Sport Contact 5
  1. Total: 80.5
  2. Dry: 36.8
  3. Wet: 43.7
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7th: Uniroyal RainSport 2

Uniroyal RainSport 2
  1. Total: 81.1
  2. Dry: 36.5
  3. Wet: 44.6
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8th: Bridgestone Potenza S001

Bridgestone Potenza S001
  1. Total: 81.9
  2. Dry: 36.5
  3. Wet: 45.4
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9th: BFGoodrich g Force Profiler

BFGoodrich g Force Profiler
  1. Total: 82.8
  2. Dry: 36.8
  3. Wet: 46
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10th: Fulda SportControl

Fulda SportControl
  1. Total: 82.8
  2. Dry: 37.2
  3. Wet: 45.6
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11th: Nexen N8000

Nexen N8000
  1. Total: 83.1
  2. Dry: 37
  3. Wet: 46.1
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12th: Barum Brillantis 2

Barum Brillantis 2
  1. Total: 83.3
  2. Dry: 37.2
  3. Wet: 46.1
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13th: Toyo Proxes T1 Sport

Toyo Proxes T1 Sport
  1. Total: 83.7
  2. Dry: 36.9
  3. Wet: 46.8
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14th: Michelin Primacy 3

Michelin Primacy 3
  1. Total: 83.8
  2. Dry: 37.5
  3. Wet: 46.3
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15th: Kumho Ecsta KU39

Kumho Ecsta KU39
  1. Total: 84.8
  2. Dry: 37.9
  3. Wet: 46.9
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16th: Marangoni Mythos

Marangoni Mythos
  1. Total: 85.7
  2. Dry: 36.8
  3. Wet: 48.9
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17th: GT Radial Champiro HPX

GT Radial Champiro HPX
  1. Total: 85.7
  2. Dry: 38.1
  3. Wet: 47.6
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18th: Meteor HP Sport

Meteor HP Sport
  1. Total: 85.7
  2. Dry: 37.2
  3. Wet: 48.5
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19th: Sava intensa uhp

Sava intensa uhp
  1. Total: 85.8
  2. Dry: 38.4
  3. Wet: 47.4
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20th: Firestone Firehawk SZ90

Firestone Firehawk SZ90
  1. Total: 86.5
  2. Dry: 37.1
  3. Wet: 49.4
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21st: Porsche 997 911 Carrera 4

  1. Total: 86.7
  2. Dry: 37.2
  3. Wet: 49.5
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22nd: Semperit Speed Life

Semperit Speed Life
  1. Total: 86.8
  2. Dry: 38.4
  3. Wet: 48.4
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23rd: Kleber HYDRAXER

Kleber HYDRAXER
  1. Total: 86.8
  2. Dry: 37.8
  3. Wet: 49
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24th: Matador MP 46 Hectorra 2

Matador MP 46 Hectorra 2
  1. Total: 87.4
  2. Dry: 38
  3. Wet: 49.4
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25th: Falken FK453

Falken FK453
  1. Total: 87.5
  2. Dry: 38.1
  3. Wet: 49.4
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26th: Yokohama ADVAN Sport

Yokohama ADVAN Sport
  1. Total: 88.2
  2. Dry: 38.8
  3. Wet: 49.4
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27th: Vredestein Ultrac Cento

Vredestein Ultrac Cento
  1. Total: 88.6
  2. Dry: 37.7
  3. Wet: 50.9
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28th: Maxxis MA Z1 Victra

Maxxis MA Z1 Victra
  1. Total: 88.7
  2. Dry: 40.2
  3. Wet: 48.5
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29th: Achilles ATR Sport

Achilles ATR Sport
  1. Total: 88.8
  2. Dry: 38.1
  3. Wet: 50.7
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30th: Nexen N3000

Nexen N3000
  1. Total: 89.4
  2. Dry: 38.5
  3. Wet: 50.9
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31st: Riken Maystorm 2 B 2

Riken Maystorm 2 B 2
  1. Total: 89.5
  2. Dry: 38
  3. Wet: 51.5
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32nd: Cooper Zeon CS6

Cooper Zeon CS6
  1. Total: 90.3
  2. Dry: 38.5
  3. Wet: 51.8
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33rd: Avon ZV5

Avon ZV5
  1. Total: 90.7
  2. Dry: 39.6
  3. Wet: 51.1
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35th: Kormoran Gamma B2

Kormoran Gamma B2
  1. Total: 91.2
  2. Dry: 38.9
  3. Wet: 52.3
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36th: Syron Race 1

Syron Race 1
  1. Total: 92
  2. Dry: 37.8
  3. Wet: 54.2
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38th: Goodride SA05

Goodride SA05
  1. Total: 95.3
  2. Dry: 39.9
  3. Wet: 55.4
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39th: Marshal Matrac FX MU11

Marshal Matrac FX MU11
  1. Total: 96.5
  2. Dry: 40.5
  3. Wet: 56
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40th: Runway ENDURO 916+

Runway ENDURO 916 Plus
  1. Total: 98
  2. Dry: 42
  3. Wet: 56
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41st: Kenda KAISER KR20

Kenda KAISER KR20
  1. Total: 98.3
  2. Dry: 39.7
  3. Wet: 58.6
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42nd: Linglong L688

Linglong L688
  1. Total: 99.6
  2. Dry: 39.1
  3. Wet: 60.5
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44th: Zeetex HP102

Zeetex HP102
  1. Total: 100.9
  2. Dry: 39.1
  3. Wet: 61.8
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45th: Wanli S1063

Wanli S1063
  1. Total: 102.3
  2. Dry: 41.3
  3. Wet: 61
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46th: Infinity INF 05

Infinity INF 05
  1. Total: 102.5
  2. Dry: 39.6
  3. Wet: 62.9
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48th: Sunny SN3800

Sunny SN3800
  1. Total: 104.4
  2. Dry: 41.3
  3. Wet: 63.1
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50th: Rockstone Radial F105

Rockstone Radial F105
  1. Total: 113.4
  2. Dry: 41.7
  3. Wet: 71.7
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5 tyres not in our database featured in the 50.
34: Pneumant Tritec Sport: 39.7 / 51.1m
37: Westlake SA05: Same as Goodride SA05 in 38th
43: Autoguard SA802: 40.8 / 60.1
47: BCT S800: 39.9 / 62.6
49: Rapid P609: 41 / 66.1

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