|Dry Braking||▲Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 33.6 M||▼Vredestein Ultrac Vorti: 36.1 M|
|Dry Handling||▲Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 52.15 s||▼Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2: 53.10 s|
|Subj. Dry Handling||▲Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 63 Points||▼Vredestein Ultrac Vorti: 53.5 Points|
|Wet Braking||▲Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 26 M||▼Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2: 30.1 M|
|Wet Handling||▲Pirelli P Zero PZ4: 46 s||▼Continental Sport Contact 6: 48.5 s|
|Subj. Wet Handling||▲Pirelli P Zero PZ4: 62 Points||▼Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 54.5 Points|
|Wet Circle||▲Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 12.39 s||▼Vredestein Ultrac Vorti: 12.71 s|
|Straight Aqua||▲Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2: 74.4 Km/H||▼Continental Sport Contact 6: 71.5 Km/H|
|Subj. Comfort||▲Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 25 Points||▼Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport: 22 Points|
|Price||▲Nokian PowerProof: 110||▼Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2: 150|
|Rolling Resistance||▲Continental Sport Contact 6: 0.831 kg / t||▼Pirelli P Zero PZ4: 01.017 kg / t|
The EVO summer tire tests are particularly interesting as they're one of the few publications to really dig into the subjective handling of each tire on test, as what good is a fast tire if it's no fun to drive? This means, much like our own tests, the EVO test can help you understand which tire will give you not just the best grip, but the most driving enjoyment too.
As always, head over to the EVO website or locate EVO issue Dec 1st, pages 119-126 for the full details, or carry on reading to our summary below.
As usual, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S had a dry braking advantage, stopping the Golf in a slightly shorter distance than the second placed Continental SportContact 6.
Michelin carried this advantage through to dry handling, where it tied first with the Pirelli P Zero PZ4.
The Michelin also had the best subjective handling and made the lap feel easy, whereas the Pirelli felt great on lap one, but lost its edge on the second lap.
Michelin once again dominated wet braking, with a significant advantage over the group from 80 km/h.
Pirelli was fastest by nearly a second over the short wet handling lap, with Continental finishing last with the SportContact 6.
The Pirelli was also the best subjective tire during wet handling, offering the best of everything, with good grip and balance.
The Michelin Pilot Sport PS4 S took another win in the wet circle test, posting the fastest time around the round track.
The tires that struggled during the wet handling lap were also the tires with the lowest aquaplaning resistance, which isn't uncommon for MIRA.
Interestingly, the tire with the best subjective dry handling was also awarded the best subjective comfort. These are usually opposing design requirements.
The Contiental SportContact 6 had the lowest rolling resistance on test, in a very close group. Strangely, the Continental is one of "E" rated tires for the EU tire label rolling resistance category, beating all of the "C" rated.
Ignoring the strange price for the Dunlop, the Michelin took its usual position as the most expensive tire on test. Sadly, EVO didn't conduct any wear testing which is a category Michelin usually excels in, but in recent years Continental and Goodyear have caught up in.
The Pilot Sport 4 S was good in the wet and outstanding in the dry, setting the fastest dry lap time and topping our subjective ratings on track and on the road route, where it impressed with superb steering feel and feedback and ride comfort. A great tire that will improve the feel of your performance car.
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The SportContact 6 lacked corner traction in the wet, as is reflected in its slowest wet handling time and bottom-of-the-table aquaplaning results, but it was good elsewhere and subjectively was highly rated in the dry and on the road route for its steering feel, calm poise and decent refinement.
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3rd: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
The ‘PZ4’ P Zero was outstanding in the wet, setting the fastest time and feeling the most connected and grippy on the wet circuit, which it backed up with strong aquaplaning performances. It lacked the steering feel and feedback of the best but was good in the dry too, setting the equal fastest lap time.
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4th: Nokian PowerProof
A great result for the Powerproof. It’s not the most tactile or the sharpest steering here but it delivered strong performances in the wet, including equal second fastest on the wet track and good aquaplaning resistance. This it combines with decent everyday refinement and good value.
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The Eagle F1 SuperSport had steering feel and feedback as good as the best, helping it achieve strong dry results. It delivered good objective wet performances too, but while its steering was outstanding its refinement was less good: on poor surfaces it was noisy and bumpy.
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By far the best in aquaplaning, the Sport Maxx RT2 was also highly rated on the wet handling circuit. It wasn’t as impressive in the dry though, being marginally the slowest on track and middle-ranked subjectively, and also marked down on the road for a lack of feel and refinement.
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The Ultra Vorti is a decent tire that showed well in the aquaplaning tests and set a good lap time on the dry circuit too. It was at or near the bottom of the table in many tests, though, and subjectively was noisy and lacked the connection of the best. It’s worth noting that an updated version is due in the new year.