|Dry Braking||▲Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2: 34.2 M|
▼Nankang Noble Sport NS20: 39.7 M
|Dry Handling||▲Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2: 124.5 Km/H|
▼Nankang Noble Sport NS20: 116.4 Km/H
|Wet Braking||▲Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 56 M|
▼Nankang Noble Sport NS20: 72.2 M
|Wet Handling||▲Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport: 83.1 Km/H|
▼Nankang Noble Sport NS20: 75.8 Km/H
|Straight Aqua||▲Nankang Noble Sport NS20: 94 Km/H|
▼Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2: 82.8 Km/H
|Noise||▲Hankook Ventus S1 evo2: 72.9 dB|
▼Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport: 75 dB
|Price||▲Nankang Noble Sport NS20: 0420 |
▼Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2: 1085
|Rolling Resistance||▲Hankook Ventus S1 evo2: 8.31 kg / t|
▼Yokohama Advan Sport V105: 9.82 kg / t
Like our UHP tyre test in 2019, Auto Bild have tested the very three best UHP tyres on the market, the Continental SportContact 6, Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, along with some of the other well know UHP tyres from Hankook, Vredestein, Falken and other brands.
The end results are very close, so instead of spoiling the surprise, read on below for all the geeky data! It's particularly important to read the testers notes at the bottom of the page, as these give a small insight into the subjective feel of the tyres along side the numbers, but if you'd like to learn more about how these tyres differ subjectively, go and watch our video of a very similar test!
One addition Auto Bild have made is the inclusion of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 semi slick track day tyre. Unsurprisingly this tyre dominated the dry testing, with a significant advantage over even the best UHP tyres, but couldn't match the best in the wet, especially during the aquaplaning testing where the lack of tread grooves really impacted the tyres performance.
Continental proved to be the best in the dry, offering the shortest braking distance and the fastest lap time. Michelin was close behind, and while the Falken Azenis FK510 placed third in the braking tests, it struggled more during handling.
Goodyear, Vredestein and Hankook were also all very close in the dry, but when looking at the testing notes it was the Goodyear that offered the best steering feel and feedback.
As we've seen before in the wet, a tyre which works well in braking doesn't always work as well in handling.
In this test, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S offered the best wet braking performance, but could only manage seventh fastest lap time, while the Goodyear was the fastest in the wet, but took 4.4 meters longer to stop the car than the Michelin!
The only tyre with a balanced performance between braking and handling was the Falken, which finished second in both tests meaning it was the best tyre overall.
Nankang had a significant advantage during aquaplaning testing, however this doesn't make up for the long wet braking and poor wet handling in the other wet tests.
The rest of the tyres were extremely close.
Hankook had the lowest rolling resistance on test, with Yokohama having the highest fuel use.
Only the Goodyear and Yokohama tyres were significantly louder than the others on test.
As usual, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S was the most expensive tyre on test. Sadly no wear testing was done, however in previous testing Michelin, Goodyear and Continental all seem to have similar, best in class tread life.
Negative: Average driving comfort, high price.
Overall: Highly Recommended.
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Negative: Most expensive tyres on test.
Overall: Highly Recommended.
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Negative: Average wet performance, low aquaplaning reserves.
Overall: Conditionally Recommended.
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Negative: Noise, increased rolling resistance.
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Negative: Slightly slow steering response.
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Negative: High rolling resistance.
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6th: Falken Azenis FK510
Negative: Understeering in the dry, slow steering response, high rolling resistance.
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Negative: Long wet braking, high rolling resistance, average driving comfort, high price.
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8th: Toyo Proxes T1 Sport
Negative: Understeer and average grip in the dry and wet, slow steering, average comfort.
Negative: Dangerously long wet and dry braking, poor handling and spongy steering feel on both dry and wet surfaces, high rolling resistance.
Overall: Not Recommended.
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