2020 AMS 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 34 M
GiTi GitiSport S1: 36.4 M
Dry HandlingContinental Premium Contact 6: 126.9 Km/H
Toyo Proxes Sport: 124.6 Km/H
Subj. Dry HandlingMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 09 Points
Nokian PowerProof: 07 Points
Wet BrakingGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5: 30.6 M
GiTi GitiSport S1: 33.8 M
Wet HandlingMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 83.6 Km/H
GiTi GitiSport S1: 78.9 Km/H
Subj. Wet HandlingMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 10 Points
Nexen N Fera Sport SU2: 06 Points
Straight AquaMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 88.7 Km/H
Nokian PowerProof: 82.2 Km/H
Subj. ComfortNexen N Fera Sport SU2: 10 Points
Nokian PowerProof: 06 Points
NoiseNexen N Fera Sport SU2: 69.3 dB
Bridgestone Turanza T005: 72.4 dB
PriceMaxxis Victra Sport 5: 396
Michelin Pilot Sport 4: 704
Rolling ResistanceBridgestone Turanza T005: 7.1 kg / t
Toyo Proxes Sport: 9.4 kg / t
The 2020 Auto Motor und Sport summer tyre test tested eleven 225/45 R18 ultra high performance tyres using a BMW 3 Series.

While the group overall was extremely close, the winning Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 and second placed Michelin Pilot Sport 4 were almost inseparable overall, with the Goodyear narrowly taking the overall win.

The third and fourth placed Continental PremiumContact 6 and Pirelli P Zero PZ4 also finished with nearly the same overall score. This should be reassuring for Pirelli, whose PZ4 P Zero has seemed to be rather inconsistent since launch.

It was another good result for fifth placed Maxxis, with the Victra Sport 5 having a great all round performance, and the updated Bridgestone Turanza T005 performing well, but struggling a little in the wet.

The seventh placed Nokian PowerProof scored well in the dry, but struggled a little in the wet, while the Falken FK510 had its worth test result in a while thanks to poor wet grip.

The final three tyres in test were all from the cheaper end of the market, with Nexen proving to have a good dry performance and the lowest price on test, while Toyo and Giti struggled a little more in the wet.

Dry

 As usual, Michelin had a dry braking advantage, stopping the BMW 3 Series 0.4m shorter than the next nearest rival.

The Continental PremiumContact 6 is often one of the best tyres in dry handling, largely thanks to its excellent subjective feel. In this test, it wins both the dry handling test by a significant margin, and is subjectively one of the best tyres on test.

Wet

The test winning Goodyear has a small advantage during wet braking, with Michelin a close second place.

The top two results from wet braking swap places during wet handling, with the Michelin narrowly beating Goodyear.

Subjectively the Michelin has an advantage during wet handling, with the Goodyear and Continental close behind.

Michelin manages to keep this advantage during the aquaplaning testing.

Environment

The Goodyear scored the best result during the subjective comfort grading. This score assesses how the tyre feels and sounds inside the cabin.

The noise testing is the external drive by noise.

The Bridgestone Turanza T005 had a significant advantage in rolling resistance, meaning it will use the least fuel at the pumps.

As always, the Michelin was the most expensive tyre per set, with Goodyear looking to offer the best price / performance ratio.

Results

1st: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
Dry Braking2nd+0.4 M
Dry Handling6th-1.6 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling4th-1 Points
Wet Braking1st
Wet Handling2nd-0.5 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling2nd-1 Points
Straight Aqua2nd-0.4 Km/H
Subj. Comfort1st
Noise2nd+0.2 dB
Price5th+72
Rolling Resistance7th+1.8 kg / t
Positive: Good balance and easy to control with high levels of grip in the wet. Good aquaplaning resistance. Short dry braking distances, low noise and good comfort.
Negative: Slightly reduced dry traction, slightly reduced dry handling.
Overall: Very good - Top-performances on all surfaces.

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2nd: Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Michelin Pilot Sport 4
Dry Braking1st
Dry Handling2nd-0.7 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking2nd+0.2 M
Wet Handling1st
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua1st
Subj. Comfort3rd-1 Points
Noise5th+0.8 dB
Price11th+308
Rolling Resistance4th+1.3 kg / t
Positive: Very high grip and good handling in the wet, good aquaplaning resistance, confident and sharp handling in the dry, quiet.
Negative: Only slightly high rolling resistance.
Overall: Very good - Strong braking in the dry and wet.

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3rd: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
Dry Braking8th+1 M
Dry Handling1st
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking4th+0.7 M
Wet Handling4th-0.6 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling2nd-1 Points
Straight Aqua4th-2.7 Km/H
Subj. Comfort8th-3 Points
Noise10th+3 dB
Price10th+216
Rolling Resistance3rd+1.1 kg / t
Positive: Very balanced summer tyre with no significant deficits in dynamics or safety. Very direct steering and good handling suit the test BMW well.
Negative: Slightly weak aquaplaning resistance, slightly increased rolling resistance and external noise.
Overall: Very good - Sporty premium summer all-rounder.

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4th: Pirelli P Zero PZ4

Pirelli P Zero PZ4
Dry Braking3rd+0.6 M
Dry Handling2nd-0.7 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling4th-1 Points
Wet Braking3rd+0.6 M
Wet Handling5th-0.7 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling4th-2 Points
Straight Aqua8th-5.1 Km/H
Subj. Comfort3rd-1 Points
Noise4th+0.7 dB
Price9th+164
Rolling Resistance7th+1.8 kg / t
Positive: Good grip on wet roads at lower speeds. Very neutral balance with excellent cornering and traction in the dry. Comfortable and quiet.
Negative: Average aquaplaning resistance, direct steering can result in oversteer, high rolling resistance.
Overall: Very good - Confident summer tyres with strengths on dry roads.

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5th: Maxxis Victra Sport 5

Maxxis Victra Sport 5
Dry Braking4th+0.7 M
Dry Handling5th-1.1 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling4th-1 Points
Wet Braking6th+1.3 M
Wet Handling2nd-0.5 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling4th-2 Points
Straight Aqua5th-2.8 Km/H
Subj. Comfort5th-2 Points
Noise5th+0.8 dB
Price1st
Rolling Resistance10th+2 kg / t
Positive: Well balanced in the dry and wet. Well priced.
Negative: Compared to the best on test, a little weak in wet braking and higher rolling resistance.
Overall: Good - Excellent new tyre with good level of performance.

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6th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
Dry Braking7th+0.9 M
Dry Handling8th-1.9 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling4th-1 Points
Wet Braking10th+2 M
Wet Handling6th-0.8 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling4th-2 Points
Straight Aqua7th-4.8 Km/H
Subj. Comfort5th-2 Points
Noise11th+3.1 dB
Price8th+140
Rolling Resistance1st
Positive: Confident wet handling and safe, easily controllable dynamics in the dry. Highest fuel saving potential, quiet and relatively comfortable.
Negative: Average wet braking, highest external noise.
Overall: Good - Comfortable all-rounder with a very low rolling resistance.

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7th: Nokian PowerProof

Nokian PowerProof
Dry Braking5th+0.8 M
Dry Handling7th-1.7 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling9th-2 Points
Wet Braking5th+0.9 M
Wet Handling7th-1.2 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling8th-3 Points
Straight Aqua11th-6.5 Km/H
Subj. Comfort10th-4 Points
Noise9th+2 dB
Price7th+100
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.8 kg / t
Positive: Good dry handling, short dry braking, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Not very precise handling in the wet, average wet braking, weak aquaplaning resistance, high noise.
Overall: Good - A mid-range summer tyre with only slight weaknesses.

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8th: Falken Azenis FK510

Falken Azenis FK510
Dry Braking9th+2.2 M
Dry Handling10th-2.3 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling9th-2 Points
Wet Braking7th+1.5 M
Wet Handling8th-2.3 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling8th-3 Points
Straight Aqua6th-4.1 Km/H
Subj. Comfort8th-3 Points
Noise7th+1.7 dB
Price6th+98
Rolling Resistance5th+1.4 kg / t
Positive: Decent braking performance in the dry, balance handling.
Negative: Weak cornering and traction in the wet, average aquaplaning resistance, poor traction and poor stability in fast corners, slightly noisy.
Overall: Good - Affordable product at a reduced level of performance, but without serious defects.

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9th: Nexen N Fera Sport SU2

Nexen N Fera Sport SU2
Dry Braking5th+0.8 M
Dry Handling9th-2 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling9th-2 Points
Wet Braking8th+1.7 M
Wet Handling10th-3.7 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling10th-4 Points
Straight Aqua10th-6.3 Km/H
Subj. Comfort1st
Noise1st
Price1st
Rolling Resistance9th+1.9 kg / t
Positive: Good dry braking, comfortable with good internal damping, low external noise.
Negative: Poor handling with understeer and oversteer, long wet braking distances, slow steering in fast corners, high rolling resistance.
Overall: Ok - Very quiet and comfortable with weaknesses in the wet.

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10th: Toyo Proxes Sport

Toyo Proxes Sport
Dry Braking10th+2.4 M
Dry Handling10th-2.3 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling4th-1 Points
Wet Braking9th+1.8 M
Wet Handling9th-2.7 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling4th-2 Points
Straight Aqua3rd-1.1 Km/H
Subj. Comfort10th-4 Points
Noise8th+1.8 dB
Price4th+36
Rolling Resistance11th+2.3 kg / t
Positive: Balanced wet handling, good steering feel in the dry.
Negative: Reduced wet grip, high noise, high rolling resistance.
Overall: Ok - Despite the sporty feel, the Toyo lacks performance.

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11th: Giti GitiSport S1

Giti GitiSport S1
Dry Braking10th+2.4 M
Dry Handling4th-0.8 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking11th+3.2 M
Wet Handling11th-4.7 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling10th-4 Points
Straight Aqua9th-5.3 Km/H
Subj. Comfort5th-2 Points
Noise3rd+0.3 dB
Price3rd+8
Rolling Resistance5th+1.4 kg / t
Positive: Sporty, direct tyres in the dry with good steering feel.
Negative: Long wet braking distances, understeer in wet handling.
Overall: Sufficient - Strong in the dry but too little wet performance.

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