|Dry Braking||▲Continental Premium Contact 6: 34.6 M|
▼Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance: 36.3 M
|Dry Handling||▲Continental Premium Contact 6: 108.52 s|
▼Michelin Primacy 4: 109.40 s
|Wet Braking||▲Michelin Primacy 4: 49.1 M|
▼Bridgestone Turanza T005: 53.1 M
|Wet Handling||▲Continental Premium Contact 6: 69.46 s|
▼Michelin Primacy 4: 71.14 s
|Straight Aqua||▲Nokian Hakka Blue 2: 84 Km/H|
▼Continental Premium Contact 6: 79.8 Km/H
|Noise||▲Bridgestone Turanza T005: 72.2 dB|
▼Michelin Primacy 4: 73.4 dB
|Rolling Resistance||▲Bridgestone Turanza T005: 5.34 kg / t|
▼Nokian Hakka Blue 2: 5.62 kg / t
The winter tyre performed surprisingly well during the wet braking testing, which was tested between 18 and 25c, beating the Dunlop and Bridgestone summer tyres. Wet handling showed a little more weakness, with the winter tyre finishing last, but it was still within a few percent of the summer tyres.
As with all siped tyres, the penalty came in the dry. Testing at 21-23c, the winter tyre was at a huge disadvantage, stopping the car nearly 30% further on than the best summer tyre on test, which is the difference between stopping safely, and having a huge accident! While the tyre was closer during dry handling, it was still significantly slower than all the summer tyres.
Let this test be a good reminder as to why we shouldn't run winter tyres, or winter-bias all season tyres across the dry summer months.
Full data below.
Negative: The weakest resistance to aquaplaning.
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2nd: Nokian Hakka Blue 2
Negative: Relatively long braking distance and insufficient dry handling, highest fuel consumption.
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Negative: Relatively long braking distance on wet roads.
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3rd: Firestone RoadHawk
Negative: High noise levels.
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5th: Michelin Primacy 4
Negative: Weak lateral stability.
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Negative: Weak lateral stability, understeer and long braking in the dry, elevated noise.
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Negative: Longest wet braking, low aquaplaning resistance, noise.
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