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List of Tested Tyres: 

  

 

Falken Azenis FK510

Continental PremiumContact 6

Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 K117

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3

Pirelli PZero

Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Maxxis Premitra HP5

Toyo Proxes Sport

Vredestein Ultrac Satin

Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2

 

 

  Best tyre for dry roads


Michelin Pilot Sport 4


 

    

 

  Best tyre for wet roads


Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Pirelli PZero


 

    

 

  The quietest tyre


Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 K117

Falken Azenis FK510


 

 

    

 

  The best value tyre


Michelin Pilot Sport 4


  

 

Summary

   

7   Toyo Proxes Sport

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star


Braking   star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star

 

     

 

6   Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star star star 

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star

 

     

 

5  Falken Azenis FK510

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star

 

     

 

4   Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 K117

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star star 

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star

 

     

 

3  Continental PremiumContact 6

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star

 

     

 

2   Pirelli PZero

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star star


Braking    star star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star star


Braking   star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star

 

    

 

1   Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star star


Braking    star star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star star


Braking   star star star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star

 


 

Test Results

 

1.Michelin Pilot Sport 4

 

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Max.Grade

 

Wet road

Braking

10

10

Lateral stability

10

10

Handling (time)

10

10

Handling

9

10

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

8

10

Aquaplaning (around bends)

7

10

Total

9,5

10

   

Dry road

Braking

10

10

Moose test

10

10

Driving accuracy

9

10

Handling (time)

10

10

Handling

10

10

Comfort

9

10

Total

9,8

10

 

Ecological Compatibility

Rolling resistance

6

10

External Noise

10

10

Total

7,2

10

Overall rank

9,4

10

 

 Excellent handling on dry and wet surfaces

 Precise reactions and predictable behavior in all conditions

Weak resistance to aquaplaning along strait sections

 

 

2.Pirelli PZero

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Max.Grade

 

Wet road

Braking

7

10

Lateral stability

10

10

Handling (time)

9

10

Handling

10

10

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

8

10

Aquaplaning (around bends)

7

10

Total

8,3

10

   

Dry road

Braking

10

10

Moose test

10

10

Driving accuracy

10

10

Handling (time)

10

10

Handling

9

10

Comfort

10

10

Total

9,9

10

 

Ecological Compatibility

Rolling resistance

7

10

External Noise

7

10

Total

7,0

10

Overall rank

8,8

10

 

 Very good handling and precise reactions on dry surface

 Comfort

Relatively long stopping distance on wet surface

 

 

3.Continental PremiumContact 6

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Max.Grade

 

Wet road

Braking

9

10

Lateral stability

7

10

Handling (time)

8

10

Handling

8

10

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

8

10

Aquaplaning (around bends)

6

10

Total

8,1

10

   

Dry road

Braking

9

10

Moose test

9

10

Driving accuracy

8

10

Handling (time)

8

10

Handling

9

10

Comfort

9

10

Total

8,8

10

 

Ecological Compatibility

Rolling resistance

10

10

External Noise

7

10

Total

9,1

10

Overall rank

8,4

10

 

 Good handling on a dry surface

Relatively weak lateral stability and tendency to understeer on wet surfaces

 

 

4.Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 K117

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Max.Grade

 

Wet road

Braking

8

10

Lateral stability

8

10

Handling (time)

9

10

Handling

8

10

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

8

10

Aquaplaning (around bends)

10

10

Total

8,4

10

   

Dry road

Braking

9

10

Moose test

8

10

Driving accuracy

8

10

Handling (time)

8

10

Handling

8

10

Comfort

9

10

Total

8,5

10

 

Ecological Compatibility

Rolling resistance

5

10

External Noise

10

10

Total

6,5

10

Overall rank

8,2

10

 

 Tires with balanced characteristics without outstanding advantages, but without flaws

 Low noise level

Not athletic enough

 

 

5.Falken Azenis FK510

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Max.Grade

 

Wet road

Braking

9

10

Lateral stability

9

10

Handling (time)

8

10

Handling

8

10

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

8

10

Aquaplaning (around bends)

9

10

Total

8,7

10

   

Dry road

Braking

8

10

Moose test

7

10

Driving accuracy

7

10

Handling (time)

8

10

Handling

7

10

Comfort

8

10

Total

7,7

10

 

Ecological Compatibility

Rolling resistance

5

10

External Noise

10

10

Total

6,5

10

Overall rank

8,0

10

 

 Short braking distance and good handling on wet surfaces

 Comfort

Delayed reactions during emergency maneuvers on dry surface

 

 

6.Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Max.Grade

 

Wet road

Braking

6

10

Lateral stability

8

10

Handling (time)

7

10

Handling

8

10

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

8

10

Aquaplaning (around bends)

8

10

Total

7,1

10

   

Dry road

Braking

10

10

Moose test

9

10

Driving accuracy

9

10

Handling (time)

8

10

Handling

8

10

Comfort

8

10

Total

9,0

10

 

Ecological Compatibility

Rolling resistance

7

10

External Noise

10

10

Total

7,9

10

Overall rank

7,9

10

 

 Good handling and short braking distances on dry surface

 Comfort

Long braking distances and insufficiently good handling on wet surfaces

 

 

7.Toyo Proxes Sport

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Max.Grade

 

Wet road

Braking

8

10

Lateral stability

6

10

Handling (time)

6

10

Handling

8

10

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

10

10

Aquaplaning (around bends)

7

10

Total

7,4

10

   

Dry road

Braking

7

10

Moose test

9

10

Driving accuracy

10

10

Handling (time)

10

10

Handling

9

10

Comfort

8

10

Total

8,4

10

 

Ecological Compatibility

Rolling resistance

6

10

External Noise

10

10

Total

7,2

10

Overall rank

7,8

10

 

 Short braking distance and generally high grip on wet surface

 Good handling in high-speed corners on a dry surface

Poor lateral adhesion on wet surface

 Relatively low resistance to aquaplaning along strait sections

Long braking distances on dry surfaces

 

 

8.Vredestein Ultrac Satin

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Max.Grade

 

Wet road

Braking

9

10

Lateral stability

7

10

Handling (time)

6

10

Handling

7

10

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

7

10

Aquaplaning (around bends)

7

10

Total

7,7

10

   

Dry road

Braking

8

10

Moose test

9

10

Driving accuracy

7

10

Handling (time)

9

10

Handling

7

10

Comfort

7

10

Total

7,9

10

 

Ecological Compatibility

Rolling resistance

7

10

External Noise

7

10

Total

7,0

10

Overall rank

7,7

10

 

 Acceptable handling and short braking distances on a dry surface

Delayed steering reactions and tendency to understeer on wet surfaces

Weak resistance to aquaplaning

 

 

9.Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Max.Grade

 

Wet road

Braking

6

10

Lateral stability

7

10

Handling (time)

8

10

Handling

8

10

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

7

10

Aquaplaning (around bends)

9

10

Total

7,1

10

   

Dry road

Braking

9

10

Moose test

8

10

Driving accuracy

9

10

Handling (time)

8

10

Handling

8

10

Comfort

7

10

Total

8,4

10

 

Ecological Compatibility

Rolling resistance

7

10

External Noise

7

10

Total

7,0

10

Overall rank

7,6

10

 

 Very good handling and precise steering reactions on dry surface

Long braking distance, low lateral stability and tendency to understeer on wet surfaces

 

 

10.Maxxis Premitra HP5

 

Criterion

 

Grade

 

Max.Grade

 

Wet road

Braking

6

10

Lateral stability

7

10

Handling (time)

7

10

Handling

7

10

Aquaplaning (along strait sections)

8

10

Aquaplaning (around bends)

7

10

Total

6,7

10

   

Dry road

Braking

8

10

Moose test

7

10

Driving accuracy

6

10

Handling (time)

8

10

Handling

7

10

Comfort

6

10

Total

7,4

10

 

Ecological Compatibility

Rolling resistance

6

10

External Noise

7

10

Total

6,3

10

Overall rank

6,9

10

 

 Short braking distance on dry surface

  Inaccurate steering reactions on dry surface

 Long braking distances and strong tendency to understeer on wet surfaces

Very high noise level 

 


 

Review

 

 

 In the first day before the controllability test on wet surface it was necessary to wait until from the route remove fallen leaves which though were pleasing to the eye the autumn beauty, did surface of track of even more slippery. Tires of ten models which before all have passed 100-kilometer running in were tested. It is necessary to remove all remains of the greasing substances which have remained after production from protector.

The list of participants had included novelties from Continental, Michelin and Pirelli, the new flagman Vredestein model, and also inexpensive Maxxis, Falken and Toyo. Besides, in tests there were also tires from Hankook, and Dunlop, and also tire of the Goodyear company which celebrated victory in previous test.

After the route was cleared, time to evaluate tires in difficult turns of the route has come, and the right the first Goodyear have acquired to leave for track. Tires of this brand have won the test of last year therefore the honor to become reference tires by means of which experts monitored change of temperature or characteristics of covering of the route has been done them.

After the brilliant performance the Goodyear company could not show the same outstanding result in the last test when front drive Opel Mokka was used. Tires Goodyear have harmonious behavior and get prettier controllability, however this time at them it has not turned out to be compared to leaders in respect of coupling level. Besides, Goodyear had had problems with braking on wet covering, and their average value has made 33,5 meters that it is nearly five meters worse, than at the best tires.

Tires Dunlop from the same producer the similar fate has befallen, and they have too long brake distance too. Maxxis which easily lose coupling on front axle in turns because of what they can be recommended only conditionally for wet roads were one more tires with weak indicators on wet surface. Tires Toyo and Vredestein quickly stop the car, but they lack cross coupling, and Falken, Hankook and Pirelli as a result could earn large number of points.

New Continental have shown in general acceptable results, but It should be noted that they are inclined to understeer, and at them also relatively weak cross coupling and resistance to hydroplaning. Perhaps, it is the price for the low resistance to swing? Before the Continental brand was always guarantee of the maximum coupling on wet covering. Anyway, new Michelin which have the shortest braking distance, high side stability and excellent controllability on wet surface became the best this time. The only lack of Michelin - low resistance to cross hydroplaning.

The whole second day went again rain and as for tests the dry surface was necessary, and it became clear that in Milan of good weather you should not wait for at least a week, has been decided to carry out tests on Circuito Tazio Nuvolari Route - private track near Genoa. By the evening all tires have loaded into the truck and have gone to the South at night that already at eight in the morning the next day to start tests. Though in the foggy morning the surface of track was still too cold, it was necessary to define on what sites tires will be tested and to set up the equipment. After that the pilot whose task was to evaluate and analyze behavior of all tires, and also to show the best time of circle for each of them has come out to the route.

Outstanding qualities have shown this time tires Pirelli which have deserved praise for exact reactions to turns of wheel, high stability and good time of circle. Michelin behave only a little less predictably, but at the same time too keep controllability in any situations. Tires Goodyear have very good controllability on dry covering, and it is obvious that they have been optimized for similar conditions. Besides, harmoniously and predictably tires from Continental, Hankook, Dunlop and Toyo behave.

Vredestein, Falken and Maxxis have shown acceptable controllability on dry track too, however they have reduced comfort of the course and the increased noise level so the number of the points earned by them was lower, than at leaders. Separately It is necessary to tell about Maxxis which publish clearly heard howl - so should not be just owing to what tires have significantly worsened to themselves assessment.

It was necessary to carry out only tests for braking on dry asphalt, however on track of Nuvolari they cannot be carried out. To be returned to Milan? But in the same place the rain, is also not present any hope for improvement of weather. To spend all weekend in Italy too of opportunity was not therefore it has been decided to return meanwhile to Stuttgart and to process the available data that too demands a lot of time.

Next week the Piedmont sky has cleared up, and after eight hours of continuous braking results of the last discipline at last were ready. The best for steel Michelin which Goodyear and Pirelli follow and only tires Toyo have really badly acted.

When summing up it became clear that all test is surely won by new Michelin which possess the balanced characteristics on wet and dry surface, effectively brake in any conditions and provide the high level of safety. Tires Pirelli have impressed with dynamic behavior and accuracy of reactions on dry track, however they have rather weak resistance to hydroplaning and long braking distance on wet covering.

What it is possible to tell about Continental? Results of these tires show that sometimes specialists should go on compromises even from Hanover. The company says that in comparison with Continental ContiSportContact 5 at new tires the resource has been increased, the comfort is improved and that the most significant, rolling resistance is significantly reduced, and as it has become clear in the test, these changes nevertheless have demanded decrease in coupling on wet surface.

Hankook and Falken can help to cut fuel usage, and this ability has allowed them to bypass even the winner of the last test - Goodyear which eventually weak braking efficiency on wet covering has brought. Toyo, Vredestein and Dunlop have received assessment too It "is not recommended", and could make it only tires Maxxis which are not able to satisfy needs of drivers of cars from upper part of average segment.

In all disciplines the winner gets 10 points, and results of the others are calculated depending on difference with the best indicator. Ponderability of the general assessment in tests on wet surface - 50%, on dry surface - 40% and in tests for environmental friendliness - 10%.

 

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