2022 AMS Performance Summer Tire Test

It's the first test of the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6, and it's the first test win for the new tire!

For 2022, the excellent publication Auto Motor und Sport have tested ten ultra high performance tires in 245/45 R19 using an Audi A6 Quattro. The new Goodyear was essentially the best in nearly all the grip tests, and had the best subjective handling on test, but did drop some points in aquaplaning.

Bridgestone placed second with the T005, proving to be a balanced tire doing well in most tests, and the Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3 finished third, excelling in the braking tests but it couldn't match the performance in handling.

Interestingly, the fourth placed Continental PremiumContact 6 was the Audi AO specific tire, which meant it had both SEAL technology and foam sound absorbing system.

Dry

The new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 was best in dry braking, with Hankook in second. Falken and GT Radial finished an unusual amount of distance behind.

The Goodyear was also best in dry handling, with the sportiest handling, however Hankook dropped down to last place thanks to a sluggish and imprecise steering response.

Wet

Hankook was back at the front for wet braking, with Michelin doing unusually badly.

Goodyear was back at the front in wet handling, leading with an impressive margin. Michelin again performed poorly.

Wet circle approximately matched wet handling, which is always nice to see!

Nexen and GT Radial led the way in the two aquaplaning tests, with the GT Radial best overall.

Environment

External noise testing had no advantage for the foam damped Continental, which was the noisiest outside but the quietest inside the car.

Bridgestone and Michelin led the way in the fuel use testing.

GT Radial was the cheapest tire on test, nearly half the price of the AO Continental.

Results

1st: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: C/A/70
  • Weight: 10.77kgs
  • Tread: 6.8mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking4th+1.8 M94.25%
Wet Handling1st100%
Wet Circle1st100%
Straight Aqua6th-7.7 Km/H89.5%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.3 m/sec289.66%
Noise7th+2.7 dB96.14%
Price8th+73 64.04%
Rolling Resistance4th+1.1 kg / t85.53%
Very short braking distances, outstanding grip, high cornering stability, sporty but easy to control handling.
Average aquaplaning resistance.
Goodyear's new tire impresses with a lot of safety and the best dynamics.

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2nd: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: B/A/72
  • Weight: 10.1kgs
  • Tread: 6.6mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.7 M98.02%
Dry Handling2nd-0.2 Km/H99.84%
Wet Braking2nd+0.5 M98.33%
Wet Handling2nd-1.1 Km/H98.76%
Wet Circle6th-0.17 m/s97.45%
Straight Aqua7th-7.8 Km/H89.36%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.1 m/sec296.55%
Noise5th+2.1 dB96.97%
Price7th+37 77.84%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Despite a small weakness in aquaplaning it is the strongest tire overall in the wet with the shortest wet braking. Very balanced and dynamic dry handling.
Weakness in longitudinal aquaplaning.
With no significant weaknesses, the T005 is still worth recommending.

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3rd: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3

Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 12.57kgs
  • Tread: 7.6mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.3 M99.14%
Dry Handling10th-2.7 Km/H97.85%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling8th-2.8 Km/H96.83%
Wet Circle3rd-0.13 m/s98.05%
Straight Aqua10th-10.3 Km/H85.95%
Curved Aquaplaning8th-0.4 m/sec286.21%
Noise9th+3.3 dB95.33%
Price6th+30 81.25%
Rolling Resistance8th+2 kg / t76.47%
Very short braking distances in the wet, safe wet handling.
Limited aquaplaning resistance, sluggish steering response, poor feedback.
The tire focuses on being excellent in safety.

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4th: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: B/A/72
  • Weight: 10.55kgs
  • Tread: 6.6mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+0.8 M97.74%
Dry Handling3rd-0.3 Km/H99.76%
Wet Braking6th+2.3 M92.77%
Wet Handling5th-2.5 Km/H97.17%
Wet Circle8th-0.21 m/s96.85%
Straight Aqua5th-7.6 Km/H89.63%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.1 m/sec296.55%
Noise10th+3.8 dB94.66%
Price10th+79 62.2%
Rolling Resistance3rd+1 kg / t86.67%
Tires designed for Audi focus more on dry performance than wet, plus the noise foam makes this a quiet tire.
Limited performance in the wet.
Only the Audi AO self seal version of the PC6 was available in this size.

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5th: Nexen N Fera Sport SU2

Nexen N Fera Sport SU2
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  • Weight: 12.51kgs
  • Tread: 6.8mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+0.8 M97.74%
Dry Handling3rd-0.3 Km/H99.76%
Wet Braking3rd+1.3 M95.78%
Wet Handling10th-3.9 Km/H95.59%
Wet Circle8th-0.21 m/s96.85%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.1 m/sec296.55%
Noise1st100%
Price3rd+8 94.2%
Rolling Resistance10th+2.2 kg / t74.71%
Safe braking in the wet, good aquaplaning resistance, very easy to control in the dry, comfortable and quiet.
Limited wet cornering grip.
Inexpensive but balanced, just limited wet cornering performance.

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6th: Nokian PowerProof

Nokian PowerProof
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 12.18kgs
  • Tread: 7.8mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.7 M98.02%
Dry Handling9th-1.1 Km/H99.13%
Wet Braking5th+1.9 M93.95%
Wet Handling5th-2.5 Km/H97.17%
Wet Circle4th-0.15 m/s97.75%
Straight Aqua8th-8.1 Km/H88.95%
Curved Aquaplaning10th-0.5 m/sec282.76%
Noise6th+2.3 dB96.7%
Price4th+14 90.28%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.2 kg / t84.42%
Neutral to understeer balance in the wet, precise steering and easy to control in the dry.
Low aquaplaning resistance, noisy.
Good for every day summer weather, deficits only in heavy rain.

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7th: Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Michelin Pilot Sport 4
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  • Weight: 11.19kgs
  • Tread: 6.8mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+0.8 M97.74%
Dry Handling5th-0.4 Km/H99.68%
Wet Braking8th+3.8 M88.59%
Wet Handling9th-3.7 Km/H95.81%
Wet Circle10th-0.27 m/s95.95%
Straight Aqua3rd-3.6 Km/H95.09%
Curved Aquaplaning5th-0.2 m/sec293.1%
Noise3rd+1 dB98.54%
Price9th+78 62.5%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.7 kg / t90.28%
Dynamic and precise steering in the dry while still being safe in wet braking.
Narrow limit of grip in the wet, quiet sensitive to puddles.
Impressively precise and direct in the dry, showing its age in the wet.

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8th: Falken Azenis FK510

Falken Azenis FK510
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: D/A/69
  • Weight: 12.41kgs
  • Tread: 7.3mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+1.7 M95.32%
Dry Handling5th-0.4 Km/H99.68%
Wet Braking7th+2.8 M91.33%
Wet Handling7th-2.7 Km/H96.95%
Wet Circle6th-0.17 m/s97.45%
Straight Aqua9th-9.9 Km/H86.49%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.3 m/sec289.66%
Noise8th+3.1 dB95.6%
Price5th+25 83.87%
Rolling Resistance9th+2.1 kg / t75.58%
Acceptable wet braking performance, good grip in the wet and dry.
Limited aquapaning resistance, poor balance in the dry, limited sportiness.
Well priced and essentially safe in the wet.

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9th: Maxxis Victra Sport 5

Maxxis Victra Sport 5
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 11.89kgs
  • Tread: 7.2mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+1 M97.19%
Dry Handling8th-0.6 Km/H99.52%
Wet Braking9th+4.8 M86.01%
Wet Handling3rd-1.6 Km/H98.19%
Wet Circle2nd-0.04 m/s99.4%
Straight Aqua4th-5.8 Km/H92.09%
Curved Aquaplaning8th-0.4 m/sec286.21%
Noise4th+1.2 dB98.25%
Price2nd+7 94.89%
Rolling Resistance6th+1.6 kg / t80.25%
Despite poor wet braking, surprisingly good and dynamic steering in wet handling.
Poor steering precision in the dry, limited wet braking and aquaplaning resistance, uncomfortable.
Good dry performance but limited unbalanced grip in the wet.

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10th: GT Radial SportActive 2

GT-Radial SportActive 2
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: C/A/69
  • Weight: 10.05kgs
  • Tread: 7.6mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+2.7 M92.76%
Dry Handling7th-0.5 Km/H99.6%
Wet Braking10th+4.9 M85.76%
Wet Handling4th-2.3 Km/H97.4%
Wet Circle5th-0.16 m/s97.6%
Straight Aqua2nd-3.2 Km/H95.63%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Noise2nd+0.5 dB99.26%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.8 kg / t78.31%
Good aquaplaning resistance, safe and easy to control in the dry.
Long dry and wet braking distances, less driving stability in the wet.
Inexpensive tire with some strengths but also noticeable weaknesses.

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