Dry and Wet Video can be watched here - This article will be updated with the snow performance shortly
Ultra high performance all season tires are performance sports tires that are designed to be used all year, and perform well in hot summer conditions and cold winter weather, while having more snow performance than a summer tire.
During dry braking testing, the Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 had an impressive lead to the second placed Bridgestone Potenza RE880AS.
The Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate proved to be the most dynamic UHP all season tire during the dry handling testing, with the Michelin a close second.
Subjectively the Goodyear also had a small lead over the Michelin and Bridgestone, with the Cooper, Continental and Kumho all having similar overall scores, but delivering the result in different ways.
Michelin retained its advantage during wet braking testing, but this time had to share the top spot with the Cooper Zeon RS3 G1. The budget Fuzion tire took significantly longer than the other tires to stop the car.
In a very close group, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 proved to have the quickest laptime, but any of the top five tires were extremely close.
As in the dry, subjectively all the top tires were very close during the wet handling testing.
Snow - Updated 16th Febuary 2021
Snow braking testing showed the Michelin to have a clear advantage over the group, with only the Continental anywhere close in terms of raw grip.
Snow handling saw a very similar order to snow braking, with the Michelin retaining its vast lead, and the Continental being the best of the rest.
Snow traction moved Kumho slightly up the order, with Michelin again dominating the snow testing.
The Cooper had the best subjective comfort on test, with the Goodyear and Continental a close second.
The Kumho had the best subjective noise qualities on test.
There seems to be a link between tire weight and comfort levels, as the heavier tires on test were some of the least comfortable.
The Fuzion was significantly cheaper than all but the Kumho, with a set of 4 Fuzion tires costing over 300 dollars less to buy.
Good grip in the dry and wet, significant lead in dry braking and shortest wet braking.
Expensive purchase price, average levels of noise and comfort.
The new Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 earns a win in its first test, proving to have a balanced performance in almost all tests, and an impressive ability to top the vehicle quickly and safely in all conditions.
Excellent all round tire, sporty handling in the dry and wet, good levels of comfort, low noise, well priced.
Average dry braking.
The Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate is an impressively sporty feeling ultra high performance tire, that manages to blend good handling with good levels of nose and comfort.
Excellent performance in the dry and wet, quick feeling sporty steering.
Low levels of comfort, high levels of noise, lacked steering detail at the very limit, expensive.
The Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS is a dynamic feeling ultra high performance all season tire with excellent grip in the dry and wet, that just lacks a little detail at the limit of grip.
4th: Cooper Zeon RS3 G1
Excellent wet braking, good dry braking, highest levels of comfort.
Average dry and wet handling, subjectively it felt more like a touring tire than a UHP tire.
The Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 proved to have excellent levels of comfort and good grip in dry and wet braking, but didn't feel as sporty as the best tires on test.
Excellent wet handling, good levels of comfort, low levels of noise.
Average dry performance, subjectively it felt more like a touring tire than a UHP tire.
The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 was very strong in the wet and had good levels of comfort, but had an average performance in the dry, feeling more like a comfort bias tire.
6th: Kumho Ecsta PA51
Low purchase price, quietest tire on test, good handling in the dry.
Longest dry braking distance, slow wet handling time, low levels of comfort.
The Kumho Ecsta PA51 had good dry handling, and felt sporty at lower speeds, but it had limited grip during dry and wet braking and low levels of comfort compared to the best on test.
7th: Fuzion UHP Sport AS
Low purchase price, reasonable levels of comfort.
Longest wet braking, slowest dry and wet handling times, low subjective handling scores.
The Fuzion UHP Sport AS was the least expensive tire on test, and had reasonable levels of comfort, but it lacked outright grip and couldn't match the more expensive tires in any of the objective tests.