Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 VS Asymmetric 3 VS Continental PremiumContact 6 - In depth test

As the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 is now available for purchase, I've tested it against the much loved, previous generation Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, and a leading competitor, the Continental PremiumContact 6.

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.


1st: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
Dry Braking2nd+0.3 M
Dry Handling2nd+1.12 s
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking2nd+0.4 M
Wet Handling1st
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua1st
Subj. Comfort1st
Positive: Best comfort, high levels of wet grip with an excellent balance in the dry and wet.
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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1st: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
Dry Braking3rd+0.6 M
Dry Handling1st
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking1st
Wet Handling1st
Subj. Wet Handling2nd-1 Points
Straight Aqua3rd-1.1 Km/H
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points
Noise2nd+0.2 dB
Positive: Fastest dry lap time, quick precise steering in the dry, excellent curved aquaplaning.
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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3rd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3
Dry Braking1st
Dry Handling3rd+2.3 s
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-2 Points
Wet Braking3rd+1.2 M
Wet Handling3rd+0.85 s
Subj. Wet Handling2nd-1 Points
Straight Aqua2nd-0.1 Km/H
Subj. Comfort3rd-2 Points
Noise3rd+1.5 dB
Positive: Shortest dry braking.
Negative: The replacement Asymmetric 5 improves this tyre in nearly all areas.

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