Overall, the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 was a good step forward when compared to the Asymmetric 3 in all key areas, and on par with the Continental PremiumContact 6. The gap between the Continental and the Goodyear is now so close, that in a different tyre size to this (225/40 R18), some of the test results might be flipped.
During dry braking, the Asymmetric 3 took a surprise win, beating the Asymmetric 5 and PremiumContact 6.
During dry handling the Continental was the fastest tyre on test, with the Asymmetric 5 and PremiumContact 6 both having an excellent subjective balance.
The PremiumContact 6 had a small advantage during wet braking.
The Asymmetric 5 and PremiumContact 6 posted exactly the same laptimes, with the Goodyear providing a slightly better balance.
The new Asymmetric 5 proved to be best in straight aquaplaning, with the PremiumContact 6 ahead in curved aquaplaning.
The Asymmetric 5 had both the lowest internal noise and highlest levels of comfort on test, though it was again very close between the Asymmetric 5 and PremiumContact 6.
Negative: Slight loss of steering feedback in really high speed cornering.
Overall: An excellent balanced tyre and a good step over the previous Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3.
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Negative: Slightly nervous in the wet, higher levels of wear during dry handling.
Overall: High levels of grip in all conditions, with precise steering and good levels of comfort.
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Negative: The replacement Asymmetric 5 improves this tyre in nearly all areas.
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