|Best Dry Braking:||Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2|
|Best Dry Handling:||Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2|
|Best Wet Braking:||Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S|
|Best Wet Handling:||Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport|
|Best Straight Aqua:||Nankang Noble Sport NS20|
|Best Noise:||Hankook Ventus S1 evo2|
|Best Price:||Nankang Noble Sport NS20|
|Best Rolling Resistance:||Hankook Ventus S1 evo2|
Like our UHP tire test in 2019, Auto Bild have tested the very three best UHP tires on the market, the Continental SportContact 6, Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, along with some of the other well know UHP tires from Hankook, Vredestein, Falken and other brands.
The end results are very close, so instead of spoiling the surprise, read on below for all the geeky data! It's particularly important to read the testers notes at the bottom of the page, as these give a small insight into the subjective feel of the tires along side the numbers, but if you'd like to learn more about how these tires differ subjectively, go and watch our video of a very similar test!
One addition Auto Bild have made is the inclusion of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 semi slick track day tire. Unsurprisingly this tire dominated the dry testing, with a significant advantage over even the best UHP tires, but couldn't match the best in the wet, especially during the aquaplaning testing where the lack of tread grooves really impacted the tires performance.
Continental proved to be the best in the dry, offering the shortest braking distance and the fastest lap time. Michelin was close behind, and while the Falken Azenis FK510 placed third in the braking tests, it struggled more during handling.
Goodyear, Vredestein and Hankook were also all very close in the dry, but when looking at the testing notes it was the Goodyear that offered the best steering feel and feedback.
As we've seen before in the wet, a tire which works well in braking doesn't always work as well in handling.
In this test, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S offered the best wet braking performance, but could only manage seventh fastest lap time, while the Goodyear was the fastest in the wet, but took 4.4 meters longer to stop the car than the Michelin!
The only tire with a balanced performance between braking and handling was the Falken, which finished second in both tests meaning it was the best tire overall.
Nankang had a significant advantage during aquaplaning testing, however this doesn't make up for the long wet braking and poor wet handling in the other wet tests.
The rest of the tires were extremely close.
Hankook had the lowest rolling resistance on test, with Yokohama having the highest fuel use.
Only the Goodyear and Yokohama tires were significantly louder than the others on test.
As usual, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S was the most expensive tire on test. Sadly no wear testing was done, however in previous testing Michelin, Goodyear and Continental all seem to have similar, best in class tread life.
Top class sports tires with precise steering, sporty handling and short braking distances in the dry. Stable cornering in the wet with good aquaplaning resistance.
Average driving comfort, high price.
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All round ability with best driving characteristics on wet and dry roads. Shortest braking distances, precise steering with excellent feedback, good aquaplaning properties, low noise.
Most expensive tires on test.
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The dry specialists, precise steering, exemplary feedback and excellent grip.
Average wet performance, low aquaplaning reserves.
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Sporty summer tire with best cornering and handling in the wet, good steering precision, short wet and dry braking distances, balanced comfort.
Noise, increased rolling resistance.
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Excellent tire with a balanced performance in all tests, stable in the dry and wet, low noise, low fuel use, good price to performance ratio.
Slightly slow steering response.
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Dynamic wet handling with stable cornering and precise steering, balanced and safe dry handling, short dry braking distances, good aquaplaning properties, good price to performance ratio.
High rolling resistance.
6th: Falken Azenis FK510
Wet specialist with sporty handling and precise steering behavior, short wet and dry braking distances, good comfort, low price.
Understeering in the dry, slow steering response, high rolling resistance.
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Sporty handling and balance behaviour in the dry, safe wet handling, short dry braking.
Long wet braking, high rolling resistance, average driving comfort, high price.
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8th: Toyo Proxes T1 Sport
High aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking, well priced.
Understeer and average grip in the dry and wet, slow steering, average comfort.
High aquaplaning resistance, low price.
Dangerously long wet and dry braking, poor handling and spongy steering feel on both dry and wet surfaces, high rolling resistance.
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