2013 Auto Zeitung Summer Tyre Test

This years 2013 Auto Zeitung tyre test included twelve 215/55 R16 summer premium touring tyres. As ever, read the comments attached to the results for the full story!

The Results

1st: Dunlop Sport BluResponse

Dunlop Sport BluResponse
  1. Total: 262
  2. Dry: 127
  3. Wet: 135
Dry: Shortest dry braking and fastest lap time due to extremely high grip. Excellent steering precision and cornering stability
Wet: Excellent braking, high lateral grip and second fastest wet lap time
Overall: A well balanced tyre, extremely strong in both the wet and dry means the new Dunlop Sport BluResponse is the test winner

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2nd: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
  1. Total: 255
  2. Dry: 121
  3. Wet: 134
Dry: Close to the Dunlops dry lap time, the Goodyear has a good dry balance and high grip. Low rolling resistance.
Wet: Like the Dunlop, the Goodyear is extremely stable with good wet grip. Only a slightly longer wet braking distance drops it a point
Overall: As with all Goodyear products, the new EfficientGrip Performance shines with its safety related qualities, taking second in this test

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3rd: Continental Premium Contact 5

Continental Premium Contact 5
  1. Total: 241
  2. Dry: 119
  3. Wet: 122
Dry: Stabling handling in the dry, good braking and a very low rolling resistance
Wet: Strong wet braking. Not the fastest wet lap time, but extremely safe in the wet
Overall: While the Premium Contact 5 isn't the fastest tyre in the dry or wet, it does provide a good all round ability with an extremely low rolling resistance

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4th: Vredestein Sportrac 5

Vredestein Sportrac 5
  1. Total: 237
  2. Dry: 121
  3. Wet: 116
Dry: Excellent dry braking and a very fast dry lap time. Low rolling resistance
Wet: Wet braking not on par with the top 3, but a quick wet lap with balanced grip
Overall: Good in the wet and excellent in the dry, the new Sportrac 5 gets a commendable fourth place

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5th: Bridgestone Turanza T001

Bridgestone Turanza T001
  1. Total: 234
  2. Dry: 116
  3. Wet: 118
Dry: Very quite and low rolling resistance, short braking distances and well balanced handling
Wet: Excellent aquaplaning properties, lacking a little traction in the wet lap
Overall: The Turanza T001 is a very well balanced tyre and very close to the Vredestein

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6th: Nokian Line

Nokian Line
  1. Total: 224
  2. Dry: 106
  3. Wet: 118
Dry: Good dry braking and a very comfortable tyre. Not the quickest dry lap due to slightly snappy handling
Wet: A fast wet lap, but fairly unstable at the limit, losing traction quickly
Overall: Good overall grip for the Nokian Line but let down by the tyres stability at the limit

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7th: Uniroyal RainExpert

Uniroyal RainExpert
  1. Total: 223
  2. Dry: 95
  3. Wet: 128
Dry: The RainExpert is known as a wet weather tyre, and it shows here with a slow dry laptime and average dry braking
Wet: Best longitudinal aquaplaning, excellent load change results, very safe to drive in the wet
Overall: Living up to its name, the Uniroyal is one of the best tyres in the wet, only to be let down by its dry performance

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8th: Michelin Primacy 3

Michelin Primacy 3
  1. Total: 218
  2. Dry: 121
  3. Wet: 97
Dry: In the dry the Michelin is fast and safe
Wet: The Michelin Primacy 3 has a relatively weak wet performance needing large steering angles to turn the car
Positive: As a near opposite to the Universal, the Michelin is extremely strong in the dry, only to be let down by clumsy wet performance

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9th: Apollo Alnac 4g

Apollo Alnac 4g
  1. Total: 218
  2. Dry: 108
  3. Wet: 110
Dry: High rolling resistance, but strong on the brakes. Slight lack of grip in the long corners, average lap time
Wet: Excellent aquaplaning results and well balanced handling
Overall: A good start for the new Apollo Alnac 4G, high rolling resistance and slightly slow wet lap time leave it in ninth

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10th: Hankook Ventus Prime2

Hankook Ventus Prime2
  1. Total: 215
  2. Dry: 106
  3. Wet: 109
Dry: A fast lap time, but highest rolling resistance and understeer in the fast corners
Wet: Average braking and a large steering angle needed in the wet
Overall: Strong braking, but the handling and stability of the tyre suffers

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11th: Pirelli CINTURATO P7

  1. Total: 208
  2. Dry: 107
  3. Wet: 101
Dry: Average braking in the dry, but a good balance on the handling course. High rolling resistance
Wet: Good aquaplaning but long wet braking distances. Poor wet traction
Overall: Except in aquaplaning, the Pirelli doesn't really shine in any category

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12th: Falken ZIEX ZE914 EcoRun

Falken ZIEX ZE914 EcoRun
  1. Total: 176
  2. Dry: 102
  3. Wet: 74
Dry: Quick dry steering but only average braking and a slow lap time
Wet: Oversteer at the limit, a lack of traction on the drive axle, long braking and a slow turn-in make the Falken ZE914 Ecorun poor in the wet
Positive: Poor braking in both the wet and dry, and average lap times make the Falken a non-recommended tyre

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