|Best Dry Braking:||Continental Premium Contact 6|
|Best Dry Handling:||Pirelli P Zero PZ4|
|Best Subj. Dry Handling:||Pirelli P Zero PZ4|
|Best Wet Braking:||Pirelli P Zero PZ4|
|Best Wet Handling:||Pirelli P Zero PZ4|
|Best Subj. Wet Handling:||Pirelli P Zero PZ4|
|Best Straight Aqua:||Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5|
|Best Subj. Comfort:||Continental Premium Contact 6|
|Best Rolling Resistance:||Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2|
This year, EVO have tested seven 225/40 R18 UHP tires using a VW Golf GTI at the Pirelli test facility in Vizzola, Italy, and while the volume of tires is surprisingly small for such a common size, the breath of testing was as vast as any European tire test.
As ever, the dry testing was close, but this test showed a return to form by Pirelli.
During dry handling the P Zero had a huge advantage, finishing nearly a second over the second placed Michelin Pilot Sport 4, with both tires scoring well subjectively by demonstrating quick, accurate steering, and good feedback.
The Michelin also had nearly a second advantage over the third place Dunlop SportMaxx RT2, with the older Dunlop lacking the traction and steering feel of the best on test. Fourth place was joint awarded to the Continental PremiumContact 6 and Falken FK510. While they finished with matching lap times, subjectively the Continental was much better around the lap, with the Falken feeling light and inaccurate. The Nokian PowerProof and new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 rounded out the results, with the Goodyear scoring slightly better subjectively.
Dry braking had a similar overall result, this time with Continental leading Michelin and Pirelli.
Once again, Pirelli dominated wet testing at their home track, with an unusually large 1.2 second advantage over just 1.8km. Michelin and Continental finished second and third place for both the timed lap, and subjective handling scores.
Dunlop and Falken placed fourth and fifth respectively in both timed and subjective handling, and the new Goodyear had another poor result finishing sixth in time, and last subjectively. This isn't something that's been shown in other testing.
Wet braking again showed the dominance of the Pirelli, finishing a meter ahead of the Falken and 1.5 meters ahead of third placed Michelin.
Aquaplaning resulted in a rest bite for Goodyear, winning the straight aquaplaning test.
EVO Magazine doesn't test NVH in a normal way, instead they run a road route on the tire which looks at noise and comfort levels, along with steering weight, feel and feedback on the road.
In this testing, the Continental proved to be the best on the road tire, largely thanks to its excellent refinement over all types of road surface.
If you'd prefer a little more steering feel over comfort, the Pirelli and Michelin both offered more feedback, with the Michelin doing a better job than the Pirelli of combining comfort and steering feel.
Surprisingly the Falken, which is often rated in other testing as having excellent levels of comfort at the expense of subjectively handling, was last in this test.
Rolling resistance was the weak point of the Pirelli, finishing last.
Don't forget to go and pick up the magazine or check out www.evo.co.uk for the full test details!
1st: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
There may be a slight home advantage in tire testing, but with no fewer than six top spots, the PZ4 P Zero totally dominated this test. The tire dominated in both wet and dry testing, objectively and subjectively.
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While the Pilot Sport 4 didn't win any test, it was almost always in the top three, having a very rounded balance of performances, and great steering feel in the wet and dry.
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The best tire on the road route, offering low noise and high comfort, and strong in the wet.
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Lowest rolling resistance and best curved aquaplaning result, the Dunlop had mild traction issues in the dry and wet.
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4th: Nokian PowerProof
A solid balance of results for the Nokian resulted in joint fourth. "Agile and willing" in the dry, but a little skittish in the wet.
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An unusually poor result for the Asym5, with a lack of steering feel and grip in the dry and wet testing.
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7th: Falken Azenis FK510
Scored well in the wet tests, however it lacked subjective steering feel and refinement on the road route.
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