2019 Tire Reviews UHP Summer Tire Test

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Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 35 MAccelera PHI: 40.5 M
Dry HandlingContinental Sport Contact 6: 60.3 sAccelera PHI: 63.8 s
Subj. Dry HandlingContinental Sport Contact 6: 9 PointsAccelera PHI: 5.6 Points
Wet BrakingMichelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 46.3 MAccelera PHI: 73.3 M
Wet HandlingGoodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport: 70.37 sAccelera PHI: 86.43 s
Subj. Wet HandlingGoodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport: 9 PointsAccelera PHI: 2 Points
Straight AquaToyo Proxes Sport: 86.9 Km/HAccelera PHI: 82.9 Km/H
Subj. ComfortFalken Azenis FK510: 9.8 PointsVredestein Ultrac Vorti: 6.5 Points
NoiseContinental Sport Contact 6: 72.1 dBGoodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport: 73.8 dB
Tire WeightGoodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport: 43.5 KgVredestein Ultrac Vorti: 51.3 Kg
Rolling ResistanceContinental Sport Contact 6: 8.18 kg / tKumho Ecsta PS91: 9.41 kg / t
Here it is, the 2019 Tire Reviews UUHP tire test! This is a HUGE tire test, which includes the first test of the new Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport, and its two current top rated rivals, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, and the Continental SportContact 6, plus five other maximum performance summer tire patterns.

This test was conducted at Continentals test facility in Uvalde texas, and has the added advantage of all the tires (other than Goodyear) being available to both the European and American markets! 

The test car is a BMW M2 wearing 245/35 R19 fronts and 265/35 R19 rears. This is a full tire test, so all the usual categories are on test including dry and wet handling, dry and wet braking, aquaplaning, rolling resistance, noise and comfort. Where this test is slightly different from other tests is we've put a greater emphasis on subjective handling scoring in the dry and wet, as we believe on a car like the BMW M2, how the car feels and how it's balanced is as important as saving a few tenths of a second.

Sadly Pirelli, Hankook, Yokohama and Nokian only made one of the two tire sizes we needed for this test in aftermarket fitment, testing mixed fitment like on the M2 is always difficult.



The gap in dry handling was extremely close between the Continental, Michelin and Goodyear, with all three tires being separated by just 0.3 seconds. Subjectively, the Continental felt the most exciting tire on test, with the quickest steering and most feedback through the front axle. The Goodyear and Michelin offered a very similar balance, which gave the M2 a little more understeer than on the Continental.

The midrange battle was won by the Vredestein, which subjectively felt as good as the Continental but was on average, 0.6 seconds behind across the lap. Falken have managed to produce a tire with good grip, but the more comfort bias of the tire made it subjectively too soft. Kumho was very fast on its first lap, but the grip fell away quickly as the tire overheated, as did the Toyo, but to a lesser degree.

Dry braking was dominated by the three premium manufacturers.


By using a BMW M2, wet handling became as much about rear grip as about front. This is where the new Goodyear excelled, offering a really neutral balance between the front and the rear of the car, while providing excellent grip across the lap. While the Vredestein couldn't match the best during wet braking, the extra rear grip it had over its rivals meant it finished the second fastest time, and it was a similar story for Toyo. Continental and Michelin were fourth and fifth, and while they both had excellent grip, both struggling more at the rear than the Goodyear to get the power down. The Falken was another tenth of a second slower, and the Kumho and the budget struggle in the wet with a lack of grip.

There was no issue with rear grip during wet braking, which highlighted the Contnental and Michelins raw grip in shallow water.

During aquaplaning testing, the Michelin showed the best balance betwen braking and aquaplaning results.


The Continental offered an excellent low rolling resistance result in the 265 fitment.

The subjective comfort of all tires on test was incredibly close, however there were a couple of patterns at the extremities of the results. The Falken proved to be the most comfortable tire on test, appearing to transmit the least amount of tire noise into the cabin, and round off the bumps and road imperfections in a way other tires couldn't match. The Michelin, Continental and Toyo all had good levels of comfort, while the Goodyear and Vredestein transmitted slightly more noise, and higher levels of discomfort when hitting obstacles such as potholes.

The Continental proved to be quietest during drive by noise testing in the rear 265 fitment.

There was an interesting correlation between tire weight, and the overall results.


Score weighting - dry 55%, wet 40%, comfort and env 5%

View Results as a single table and adjust the score weighting

1st: Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport
  • 265/35 R19
Dry Braking3rd+0.8 M97.77%
Dry Handling3rd+0.3 s99.5%
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-0.3 Points96.67%
Wet Braking4th+2.3 M95.27%
Wet Handling1st100%
Subj. Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua5th-2.2 Km/H97.47%
Subj. Comfort6th-2.8 Points71.43%
Noise8th+1.7 dB97.7%
Tire Weight1st100%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.86 kg / t90.49%
Excellent in the key dry and wet handling testing, with great steering feel and balance whatever the conditions. No lap time drop during dry handling testing.
Slightly weak wet braking, lower than average comfort and noise levels.
The new Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport brings the competition to the Michelin and Goodyear rivals, finding itself close to them in all key areas, and excelling during wet handling.
Highly Recommended.

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2nd: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S
  • 265/35 R19
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling2nd+0.2 s99.67%
Subj. Dry Handling4th-0.7 Points92.22%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling5th+3.03 s95.87%
Subj. Wet Handling5th-2.5 Points72.22%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.2 Km/H99.77%
Subj. Comfort2nd-1.3 Points86.73%
Noise3rd+0.3 dB99.59%
Tire Weight3rd+1.7 Kg96.24%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.52 kg / t94.02%
Shortest braking distances in both the dry and wet, excellent dry handling and good levels of comfort.
Oversteer balance in wet handling meant only 5th fastest time. Not quite as sharp as the Continental on the front axle.
The Pilot Sport 4S continues to offer a near unrivaled mix of performance, comfort and low rolling resistance.
Highly Recommended.

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3rd: Continental Sport Contact 6

Continental Sport Contact 6
  • 265/35 R19
Dry Braking2nd+0.4 M98.87%
Dry Handling1st100%
Subj. Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking2nd+0.6 M98.72%
Wet Handling4th+2.99 s95.92%
Subj. Wet Handling6th-3 Points66.67%
Straight Aqua4th-1.1 Km/H98.73%
Subj. Comfort3rd-1.8 Points81.63%
Tire Weight2nd+0.6 Kg98.64%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Excellent wet and dry braking, fastest tire in the dry with the best steering speed, feel and balance. Retained good levels of comfort and a low rolling resistance. No drop in lap time.
Oversteer balance in the wet made it difficult to extract a good lap time, in spite of the best front end grip.
An excellent all round tire which excels in steering feel and dry grip. The sportiest feeling tire on test.
Highly Recommended.

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4th: Falken Azenis FK510

Falken Azenis FK510
  • 265/35 R19
Dry Braking4th+2.4 M93.58%
Dry Handling5th+0.8 s98.69%
Subj. Dry Handling7th-2.4 Points73.33%
Wet Braking3rd+2.1 M95.66%
Wet Handling6th+3.17 s95.69%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-2 Points77.78%
Straight Aqua3rd-1 Km/H98.85%
Subj. Comfort1st100%
Noise5th+0.8 dB98.9%
Tire Weight5th+4.3 Kg91%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.92 kg / t89.89%
Good wet braking result, high levels of comfort.
Poor subjective steering feel due to a high amount of sidewall roll.
The Falken FK510 is a great tire for a driver / car combination which values comfort over outright steering feel.

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5th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
  • 265/35 R19
Dry Braking5th+2.7 M92.84%
Dry Handling4th+0.6 s99.01%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-0.1 Points98.89%
Wet Braking6th+7.5 M86.06%
Wet Handling2nd+2.41 s96.69%
Subj. Wet Handling2nd-1 Points88.89%
Straight Aqua6th-3.1 Km/H96.43%
Subj. Comfort8th-3.3 Points66.33%
Noise7th+1.3 dB98.23%
Tire Weight8th+7.8 Kg84.8%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.13 kg / t87.86%
Excellent dry grip and handling, with one of the best steering feel on test. The balance remained in the wet, making for good wet handling times. Very small time drop off during dry handling.
Weak wet braking, high rolling resistance, low levels of comfort. Heaviest tire on test.
The Ultrac Vorti again proved itself as an excellent handling tire, offering great steering feel and balance in all conditions. Weak braking results cost the tire a higher result.

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6th: Toyo Proxes Sport

Toyo Proxes Sport
  • 265/35 R19
Dry Braking7th+3.8 M90.21%
Dry Handling7th+1.9 s96.95%
Subj. Dry Handling5th-1.4 Points84.44%
Wet Braking5th+3.6 M92.79%
Wet Handling3rd+2.8 s96.17%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-2 Points77.78%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Subj. Comfort3rd-1.8 Points81.63%
Noise6th+1.2 dB98.36%
Tire Weight4th+1.8 Kg96.03%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.73 kg / t91.81%
Good wet handling with highest aquaplaning resistance on test. Good levels of comfort and nice steering feel.
Average wet braking, poor dry braking, significant dry handling lap time drop.
The Toyo had good steering feel and balance in the dry and wet, but lower levels of grip than the best tires on test.
Conditionally Recommended.

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7th: Kumho Ecsta PS91

Kumho Ecsta PS91
  • 265/35 R19
Dry Braking5th+2.7 M92.84%
Dry Handling6th+0.9 s98.53%
Subj. Dry Handling6th-1.5 Points83.33%
Wet Braking7th+10.5 M81.51%
Wet Handling7th+4.46 s94.04%
Subj. Wet Handling6th-3 Points66.67%
Straight Aqua7th-3.3 Km/H96.2%
Subj. Comfort6th-2.8 Points71.43%
Noise4th+0.4 dB99.45%
Tire Weight7th+6.6 Kg86.83%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.23 kg / t86.93%
Very quick on first dry handling lap, with good steering feel and car balance.
Tire overheated very quickly in both dry and wet handling, which changed the balance to high levels of oversteer. Very poor wet braking. Average levels of comfort.
The Kumho PS91 initially felt like a strong tire with good steering and balance, but this soon changed as the tire heated up, resulting in instability and low levels of grip.
Conditionally Recommended.

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8th: Accelera PHI

Accelera PHI
  • 265/35 R19
Dry Braking8th+5.5 M86.42%
Dry Handling8th+3.5 s94.51%
Subj. Dry Handling8th-3.4 Points62.22%
Wet Braking8th+27 M63.17%
Wet Handling8th+16.06 s81.42%
Subj. Wet Handling8th-7 Points22.22%
Straight Aqua8th-4 Km/H95.4%
Subj. Comfort3rd-1.8 Points81.63%
Noise2nd+0.2 dB99.72%
Tire Weight6th+4.4 Kg90.81%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.13 kg / t98.44%
Low rolling resistance. Low noise.
Very poor wet grip, extremely long wet braking distances, poor dry grip.
The Accelera PHI was extremely low grip in all scenarios. Do not fit this tire.
Not Recommended

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