205/50 15 Tyres

The following tyres have been reviewed in 205/50 15.
Giti GitiCompete GTR2 (1) 100% 90% 100% 100% 100% 80% 100% 96% 300
Bridgestone Potenza RE11 (9) 98% 83% 90% 89% 77% 74% 96% 87% 85,075
Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08R (35) 98% 76% 92% 93% 75% 72% 94% 86% 206,505
Vredestein Sportrac 5 (77) 89% 86% 83% 85% 86% 84% 84% 86% 708,175
Maxxis MA Z4S Victra (17) 91% 79% 83% 81% 80% 82% 88% 84% 258,400
Hankook Ventus Z214 (1) 100% 0% 90% 90% 70% 50% 100% 83% 0
Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 (29) 94% 72% 91% 91% 70% 75% 91% 83% 178,100
Nexen N Blue HD Plus (42) 87% 83% 81% 78% 81% 86% 85% 83% 222,300
Toyo R1R (28) 95% 81% 92% 90% 59% 70% 91% 83% 161,925
Vredestein Sportrac 3 (60) 85% 91% 80% 80% 76% 79% 85% 82% 658,266
Bridgestone Adrenalin RE002 (105) 90% 82% 82% 80% 77% 78% 82% 82% 895,927
Kumho V70a (19) 99% 78% 90% 86% 57% 69% 93% 82% 340,592
Yokohama C Drive (45) 86% 82% 83% 77% 77% 86% 80% 82% 1,000,134
Michelin Pilot Sport (39) 92% 82% 86% 81% 73% 76% 80% 81% 512,375
Uniroyal Rainsport 2 (226) 85% 91% 78% 76% 76% 80% 82% 81% 2,156,251
Michelin Pilot Exalto (56) 86% 81% 76% 80% 83% 77% 83% 81% 1,856,713
Nitto NeoGen (2) 90% 80% 85% 80% 80% 65% 80% 80% 13,000
Uniroyal Rainsport 3 (262) 84% 92% 79% 79% 64% 83% 77% 80% 1,938,205
Nankang AR 1 (21) 91% 49% 87% 89% 77% 70% 87% 79% 53,791
Federal 595RSPRO (3) 83% 67% 70% 80% 83% 73% 90% 78% 3,300
Avon ZZR (9) 91% 64% 70% 90% 74% 71% 84% 78% 33,900
Toyo R888 (33) 95% 69% 86% 85% 63% 59% 86% 77% 180,961
Avon ZV5 (110) 84% 79% 77% 78% 71% 78% 74% 77% 1,381,255
Hankook Ventus V12 evo k110 (114) 84% 75% 76% 78% 74% 79% 73% 77% 1,145,558
Jinyu YH12 (28) 81% 74% 79% 69% 79% 80% 73% 76% 151,181
Kumho Ecsta KU31 (163) 83% 75% 77% 75% 72% 74% 77% 76% 2,605,523
Cooper Zeon CS6 (33) 83% 74% 69% 74% 85% 72% 72% 76% 299,307
Primewell Sport 910 (23) 83% 76% 76% 76% 74% 73% 71% 76% 193,503
Sailun Atrezzo Elite (12) 87% 78% 76% 63% 71% 75% 79% 76% 40,600
Dunlop Direzza DZ102 (11) 83% 77% 79% 63% 70% 77% 78% 75% 88,000
Federal 595RSR (45) 86% 68% 79% 81% 73% 59% 79% 75% 190,203
Uniroyal Rainsport (24) 79% 87% 70% 78% 72% 74% 65% 75% 467,577
Falken ZE912 (197) 82% 74% 76% 70% 71% 79% 73% 75% 2,160,908
Bridgestone Turanza ER300 (176) 83% 76% 77% 72% 77% 70% 67% 75% 3,692,546
Dunlop Direzza 03G (6) 92% 62% 90% 87% 40% 52% 100% 75% 2,350
Federal SS535 (5) 90% 65% 83% 58% 80% 60% 76% 73% 89,530
Fulda Carat Progresso (13) 78% 72% 75% 74% 71% 72% 70% 73% 165,400
Yokohama S Drive (61) 83% 69% 75% 76% 71% 68% 68% 73% 620,003
Toyo T1R (278) 84% 70% 75% 75% 63% 70% 71% 72% 3,615,683
Firestone TZ200 (26) 80% 70% 70% 70% 75% 72% 69% 72% 555,558
Falken Azenis RT 615 (2) 85% 60% 85% 75% 70% 40% 90% 72% 17,000
Continental Premium Contact 2 (184) 84% 77% 75% 72% 62% 73% 62% 72% 4,228,189
Goodyear Excellence (116) 79% 71% 72% 71% 72% 75% 62% 72% 2,514,856
Star Performer TNG HP (1) 90% 70% 50% 70% 50% 80% 70% 69% 5,000
Dunlop SP Sport 01 (119) 78% 67% 70% 68% 69% 65% 58% 68% 2,355,806
Bridgestone Potenza s03 (7) 86% 54% 70% 67% 71% 60% 61% 67% 62,500
Goodyear Eagle NCT5 (88) 75% 61% 68% 61% 78% 69% 57% 67% 2,031,921
Jinyu YW51 (17) 70% 67% 63% 58% 71% 70% 68% 67% 46,300
Nankang EX500 (1) 70% 60% 60% 60% 90% 70% 50% 66% 1,000
Nankang NS2 (202) 76% 58% 66% 62% 74% 63% 60% 66% 1,755,779
Goodyear EfficientGrip (121) 77% 66% 61% 58% 69% 71% 53% 65% 1,459,297
Avon ZV3 (28) 72% 63% 65% 66% 58% 66% 52% 63% 465,030
Starfire RSR 10 (4) 75% 55% 58% 53% 57% 75% 53% 61% 25,256
Marangoni Zetalinea (15) 72% 45% 64% 64% 68% 57% 51% 60% 118,500
Maxxis MA V1 (19) 69% 61% 61% 53% 65% 61% 49% 60% 342,500
Firestone firehawk S790 (2) 65% 65% 45% 75% 65% 45% 35% 56% 17,000
Accelera Alpha (127) 65% 44% 54% 49% 69% 56% 49% 55% 1,078,578
Pirelli P6000 (170) 66% 47% 55% 48% 67% 61% 38% 55% 2,433,782
Tigar Prima (6) 58% 48% 55% 50% 45% 53% 45% 51% 70,500
Marshal POWER RACER II 719 (9) 51% 20% 39% 42% 79% 41% 29% 43% 182,020
Admiral 712 (7) 50% 39% 47% 43% 51% 41% 27% 43% 70,200
Triangle TR968 (67) 55% 32% 40% 38% 61% 38% 31% 42% 469,650
Sava rapidex r2 (1) 30% 40% 10% 10% 0% 60% 0% 30% 500

205/50 15 Tyre Review Highlights

Federal SS535 rated 100% while driving a Smart
Driving on a combination of roads for 26000 spirited miles
It's 12th b'day is Sep '15]. The mid engine 699cc+turbo moves it well. Mileage is 72,500[it'd clocked 14,000 before me].
The tyre, supplied S/H by my local scrapyard with few choice's, was fitted
(Jun '11] to the rear[drive] axle, for £20!
The Federal compliments the Roadsters firm suspension and handling, and it's done 26,000 miles since, that is impressive.
Fuel has averaged 52mpg pa[winter lower/ summer higher].
[NB Its a Cobra VHP on t'other side!]
tyre reviewed on 2015-04-22 22:15:23
Marangoni Zetalinea rated 100% while driving a Ford Focus
Driving on mostly town for 1000 average miles
No comments left
tyre reviewed on 2010-12-11 09:50:36
Michelin Pilot Sport rated 97% while driving a Lotus Elan M100
Driving on a combination of roads for 10000 spirited miles
This tyre is no longer made, which is a pity... A truly excellent tyre which, in my opinion, was only bettered by the MXX2's originally fitted to the Lotus Elan SE, and the MXX3 replacements... The reasons for the 9's in the scoring. In combination with Exaltos on the rear the grip and feedback are terrific.

Will be really stuck for a replacement...
tyre reviewed on 2012-05-09 10:08:03
Giti GitiCompete GTR2 rated 96% while driving a Honda
Driving on track for 300 spirited miles
Superb track day tyre. Super firm side wall so you can lean on them quite a bit. Faster than my previous NS 2R and R888 tyres and with noticeably more feedback. Highly recommended
tyre reviewed on 2017-11-17 00:20:53
Avon ZV5 rated 94% while driving a MG MGTF
Driving on mostly motorways for 20000 average miles
Hi, I have had these tyres on an MG TF 135. I don't know where this negative press comes from about their lifespan. I got 20,000 miles out of the rears and the fronts are still going!! Not even half way. Fitted them 9 months ago. Plus I have been known to push them quite hard! Even when I ran them to the legal limit, still had brilliant traction in wet and dry. They are OK in snow to. With my rear wheel drive MG and only a couple of mm from the limit, I had one instance where they failed, and the back end went for a walk. But easy to correct.(I must have done 1,300 miles in the snow.) I would highly recommend these tyres. Have run them on a Saxo VTS, Fiesta ST, Golf GTi and now the MG. They are great value for money, and give some of the 'bigger boys' a right run for their money!! They do well under 'pressure'.
tyre reviewed on 2012-02-11 16:52:42
Michelin Pilot Exalto rated 94% while driving a Lotus Elan M100
Driving on a combination of roads for 8000 spirited miles
Fitted to the rears with Pilot Sports on the front, excellent combination, superb handling, very little wear. A bit twitchy in the wet when originally fitted to the fronts.

If the PE2's are as good then replacement will be no problem.
tyre reviewed on 2012-05-09 10:19:19
Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 rated 91% while driving a Mazda MX5
Driving on a combination of roads for 4000 spirited miles
Excellent choice for an mx5 mk2.5 1.8 track modified.
Had R888s for years,nothing to compare actually.Quiet,comfort,strong sides,excellent for the mountain,track,and everyday drive too.
tyre reviewed on 2014-09-12 17:03:06
Nexen N Blue HD Plus rated 90% while driving a Hyundai coupe 2.0 gls
Driving on a combination of roads for 100 easy going miles
Have just mounted a new set and found them giving control, running quiet, giving excellent grip in dry and wet alike with steady straightline tracking and light steering. Pleasantly surprised about the overall performance and pricing. Having driven millions of miles over the years with many different makes of tyres, however, cannot judge about their longevity as of yet. With a conservative driving style I have managed to reach 40000~60000km on the average with a set. Time will tell how long this set will last, but my first impression is surprisingly good, giving this type of NEXEN a steady 9 rating for overall performance.
tyre reviewed on 2017-06-10 13:55:17
Michelin Pilot Exalto rated 90% while driving a Lotus Elan M100
Driving on a combination of roads for 6000 spirited miles
Very Very good tyre i had SO3's before and did not think i could find better but i was wrong. As soon as i drove away i could feel the differance it was like a differant car the drive was so smooth.
tyre reviewed on 2009-12-01 12:00:45
Uniroyal Rainsport 2 rated 90% while driving a Volkswagen Golf MK3 GTi 16v
Driving on a combination of roads for 500 spirited miles
I have used Toyo T1-Rs on my Golf MK3 GTi 16v (205/50/15) for over 50K and was very happy with them until I tried the Uniroyal Rainsport IIs. They have excellent dry grip, far superior progressiveness (I can push it to a tyre squeal around roundabouts and still feed completely in control which I could not do with the Toyos). However the wet grip is what really makes these tyres excellent, I have far greater confidence on wet country roads than I ever did with the Toyos. I do not have anything to report on tyre wear, but I hope they will be better than the Toyos which was my main reason for changing. I paid ?65 each for the Rainsport IIs including fitting so they were basically almost the same price as the Toyos (?55 excluding fitting). I would mention though that the Rainsport IIs were really hard to find in this size (205/50/15), I ended up going to the Uniroyal website to find an accredited supplier locally who could order them in 205/50/15. Downsides? None to report really, but aesthetically the Toyos definitely looked cooler with their wall to wall V shaped grip.

I will post another review to report on wear in a year or so.

tyre reviewed on 2010-08-10 15:39:56
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