While some tyre tests end up testing a seemingly random selection of both new and old tyres, Sport Auto seem to have hit the sweet spot with their latest summer ultra high performance tyre test.
Using a VW Golf GTI, and testing 235/35 R19 tyres Sport Auto took a no-nonsense approach and tested 9 of the newest, and greatest tyres on the market, only omitting the brand new Dunlop Sport Maxx RT in favour of its higher performance brother, the Dunlop Sport Maxx GT.
1st: Pirelli P Zero
|Overall: Sensitive steering, but also very agile and very neutral on the limit - this is the Pirelli P Zero on both wet and dry surfaces. Couple that with extremely strong braking, the P Zero wins the test.
The only negative of the P Zero is a slightly wear aquaplaning and wear result.
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|Overall: In wet conditions, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 a force to be reckoned with, scoring full points in almost all of the tests. In the dry, it's not quite the quickest tyre, however it has an excellent neutral balance on the limit.|
|Overall: Even after 15 consecutive fast laps the S1 Evo2 maintains a good turn in and doesn't overheat making the Hankook one of the best in dry conditions.
In the wet, the performance drops a bit due to a strong tendency to understeer, which ultimately becomes apparent in the lap time.
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|Overall: In the dry, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is the benchmark, characterised by a quick, very precise turn in and excellent lateral grip.
Unsurprisingly for a dry optimised tyre, the Super Sport only manages an average wet performance with a particular weakness in the aquaplaning tests.
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|Overall: As far as the safety-relevant test such as braking or aquaplaning so, the Dunlop Sport Maxx GT the best in the field.
Not the fastest tyre in the dry but the Dunlop has a good balance, in the wet there is understeer.
6th: Toyo Proxes T1 Sport
|Overall: The Toyo T1 Sport scores extremely highly in the wet, with a good level of grip and traction and a strong resistance to aquaplaning.
In the dry the Toyo lacks some of the bite to make it to the front of the group, especially in the braking test.
|Overall: The Continental Sport Contact 5P follows the usual Continental methodology - braking comes first. This leaves the Sport Contact 5P excellent in both the wet and the dry braking tests and has an extremely strong aquaplaning result.
On the track there is a slight delay to the Continentals steering, and moderate understeer as you push on.
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|Overall: The Bridgestone Potenza S 001 does not show any glaring weaknesses, but no outstanding strengths. Only in the aquaplaning tests does the Bridgestone put on a strong performance, otherwise it sits in the midfield.
Its steering is precise enough, with a tendency to understeer. When wet, the Potenza gives little feedback, and the traction is poor.
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9th: Nokian Z G2
|Overall: Good aquaplaning characteristics, a neutral handling and a high level of grip in wet conditions characterise the Nokian Z G2.
In the dry there's a slight lack of steering precision and grip which shows in the lap time, but over 15 consecutive fast laps the times remain fairly constant.