|Dry Braking||▲Michelin Pilot Sport 4: 34.3 M|
▼Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2: 36.2 M
|Dry Handling||▲Continental Premium Contact 6: 68.8 s|
▼Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2: 69.7 s
|Subj. Dry Handling||▲Continental Premium Contact 6: 10 Points|
▼Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2: 04 Points
|Wet Braking||▲Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5: 41.9 M|
▼Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3: 50.6 M
|Wet Handling||▲Pirelli P Zero PZ4: 62.6 s|
▼Nexen N Fera Sport SU2: 64.9 s
|Subj. Wet Handling||▲Pirelli P Zero PZ4: 10 Points|
▼Nexen N Fera Sport SU2: 03 Points
|Straight Aqua||▲Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2: 73.3 Km/H|
▼Pirelli P Zero PZ4: 68.2 Km/H
|Subj. Comfort||▲Nexen N Fera Sport SU2: 9 Points|
▼Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3: 6 Points
|Noise||▲Nexen N Fera Sport SU2: 69.1 dB|
▼Nokian PowerProof: 71.9 dB
|Price||▲Nexen N Fera Sport SU2: 300 |
▼Michelin Pilot Sport 4: 440
|Rolling Resistance||▲Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2: 8.38 kg / t|
▼Pirelli P Zero PZ4: 9.99 kg / t
As this test is out so early in the season, it means the testing would have been completed in late 2020, which means it's missing the new Bridgestone Potenza Sport, but it's still an excellent start to the year as AZ always dig into the subjectiveness of the tires, covering dry handling, wet handling and comfort!
All testing was carried out using a Seat Leon FR, and the popular 225/40 R18 UHP tire size should cover many mid-sized sporty cars, including the ever popular VW Golf, the front of a BMW 1 Series, the Audi TT and many other vehicles.
It might be a new year, but it's not a new result for dry braking testing, with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 once again taking the top spot by a significant margin, over the Continental PremiumContact 6. Maxxis also had an impressive showing with the ever impressive Maxxis Victra Sport 5.
Dry handling played to the Continentals sharp steering, giving the German tire an impressive win during dry handling. Michelin, Maxxis, Goodyear and Hankook all followed closely in a tight group.
Subjective handling was also very close, with only Continental ahead of the tires that impressed during dry handling.
Goodyear and Continental lead the way during wet braking testing, with the Goodyear Asymmetric 5 taking its first win. Falken again impressed with the FK510.
Wet handling brought another new winner, this time Pirelli with the Pirelli P Zero PZ4. Goodyear and Continental, which did so well during wet braking, dropped down the order during wet handling.
Pirelli also proved to have the best subjective wet handling, with the testers reporting a neutral balance and impressive feedback.
Dunlop, which struggled in the dry, had the best aquaplaning resistance by a large margin.
Nexen was the standout of subjective comfort scoring with the N Fera Sport SU2.
The Nexen also proved to have the lowest external drive by noise.
The Dunlop won its second test, having the lowest rolling resistance on test. Falken, Nexen and in particular, Pirelli had significantly higher rolling resistance than the group.
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Top marks in the wet and dry, plus low rolling resistance means the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 wins this test.
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The PremiumContact 6 is strong in the dry, but not quite up to the best in the wet.
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3rd: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
The Pirelli PZero PZ4 has a strong balance wet handling performance, propelling it to third overall.
5th: Falken Azenis FK510
6th: Nokian PowerProof
10th: Nexen N Fera Sport SU2