2022 AutoBild Sports Cars UHP Summer Tire Test

Dry BrakingBridgestone Potenza Sport: 36.0 MFulda SportControl 2: 37.8 M
Dry HandlingMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 104.1 Km/HTomket Sport 3 Series 3: 099.0 Km/H
Wet BrakingBridgestone Potenza Sport: 45.7 MTomket Sport 3 Series 3: 65.6 M
Wet HandlingVredestein Ultrac Vorti Plus: 88.9 Km/HTomket Sport 3 Series 3: 75.2 Km/H
Wet CircleBridgestone Potenza Sport: 11.47 sTomket Sport 3 Series 3: 12.78 s
Straight AquaToyo Proxes Sport A: 99.4 Km/HTomket Sport 3 Series 3: 94.6 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningGT-Radial SportActive 2: 3.69 m/sec2Tomket Sport 3 Series 3: 2.82 m/sec2
NoiseTomket Sport 3 Series 3: 70.8 dBBridgestone Potenza Sport: 74.1 dB
PriceTomket Sport 3 Series 3: 335 Michelin Pilot Sport 4: 660
Rolling ResistanceTomket Sport 3 Series 3: 08.18 kg / tVredestein Ultrac Vorti Plus: 10.0 kg / t
The 2022 Autobild Sportscars summer tire test has tested eleven 225/45 R18 sizes using a BMW 3 Series, but has also tested four of the SAME sets in a staggered 225/45 R18 front and 255/4 R18 rear size to compare the two different options.

First up, the main test. Sadly the test was missing Goodyear and Pirelli, and interestingly the testers found the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 not only to be the best, but also to have the sportiest handling, something we're don't see often.

Even more surprising was that the Vredestein Ultrac Vorti+ finished joint first, beating every tire in the wet handling test and ending up with enough points to match the Pilot Sport 4.

It was the test of ties, with the Falken FK510 and Toyo Proxes Sport A finishing joint third and the Bridgestone Potenza Sport and Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3 finishing joint fifth.

Square vs Staggered Setup

The most interesting part of the test was the square vs staggered setup. Unfortunately the Tire Reviews database can't list both results, just the square, so we'll have to explain the differences below referencing the square data we have already.

The tires tested in both square and staggered were the Michelin Pilot Sport 4, the Vredestein Ultrac Vorti+, Falken FK510 and Nexen N'Fera Sport.

In the dry, the staggered setup with the wider rear tire stopped 0.1 meters worse for the Falken and 0.2m behind for Michelin and Vredestein which is certainly counter intuitive, but the Nexen was 0.3 meters better with the wider rear tire. 

Dry handling made no more sense with the Michelin finishing 0.8 km/h faster with the wider rear tire, 1.3 km/h faster for the Vredestein, 1.5 km/h faster for the Nexen, but 1.3 km/h slower for the Falken.

Wet braking had the Michelin stopping the BMW 0.5 meters shorter with the wider rear, 1.3 meters shorter for Nexen but exactly the same for Vredestein and 0.5 longer for the Falken!

Finally, every set of tires was significantly slower in the wet with the wider rear tire.

What can we conclude regarding square vs staggered tires? The data shows that there's not a huge amount of difference with the extra 20 mm of rear tire width, and whether you get better or worse performance varies between what test is being tested, and the tire brand used!

There's more information in the full Auto Bild test, so we suggest you check that out if you're interested in further information.

Below is all the data from the 225/45 R18 square test.

Dry

Bridgestone, Hankook and Toyo had an impressive lead in dry braking.

Michelin aced the dry handling test with the quickest lap time and the sportiest handling.

Wet

Bridgestone again led the way in wet braking.

But couldn't quite beat Vredestein for the top place in wet handling.

GT Radial and Toyo led the way in the aquaplaning testing.

Environment

The budget Tomket had the lowest external noise on test.

And the lowest rolling resistance.

And the lowest price.

Results

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1st: Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Michelin Pilot Sport 4
  • 225/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.1 M97.04%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking2nd+1.9 M96.01%
Wet Handling5th-2 Km/H97.75%
Wet Circle7th+0.54 s95.5%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.2 Km/H98.79%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.42 m/sec288.62%
Noise4th+2 dB97.25%
Price11th+325 50.76%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.24 kg / t97.15%
Premium summer tires with the best dynamic driving characteristics in the dry (direct steering with good feedback), safe wet handling, short wet and dry braking, low rolling resistance.
High price level.

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1st: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti+

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti Plus
  • 225/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+1.5 M96%
Dry Handling4th-0.9 Km/H99.14%
Wet Braking5th+3.8 M92.32%
Wet Handling1st100%
Wet Circle4th+0.35 s97.04%
Straight Aqua5th-1.5 Km/H98.49%
Curved Aquaplaning5th-0.35 m/sec290.51%
Noise8th+2.5 dB96.59%
Price3rd+150 69.07%
Rolling Resistance11th+1.82 kg / t81.8%
Sporty balanced summer tire, good wet grip, good aquaplaning resistance, sporty dry handling with precise steering, short wet and dry braking distances.
High rolling resistance.

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3rd: Falken Azenis FK510

Falken Azenis FK510
  • 225/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1 M97.3%
Dry Handling5th-1.2 Km/H98.85%
Wet Braking3rd+2.2 M95.41%
Wet Handling6th-2.5 Km/H97.19%
Wet Circle6th+0.48 s95.98%
Straight Aqua4th-1.4 Km/H98.59%
Curved Aquaplaning4th-0.15 m/sec295.93%
Noise7th+2.4 dB96.72%
Price9th+235 58.77%
Rolling Resistance7th+0.83 kg / t90.79%
Good performance potential, excellent aquaplaning resistance, stable handling the wet, sporty dry dynamics.
High price level.

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3rd: Toyo Proxes Sport A

Toyo Proxes Sport A
  • 225/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.1 M99.72%
Dry Handling2nd-0.1 Km/H99.9%
Wet Braking4th+3.1 M93.65%
Wet Handling4th-1.4 Km/H98.43%
Wet Circle2nd+0.26 s97.78%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.09 m/sec297.56%
Noise9th+2.7 dB96.33%
Price5th+160 67.68%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.29 kg / t86.38%
Exemplary driving characteristics, very good aquaplaning resistance, sporty handling in the wet and dry, short wet and dry braking, fair price.
Reduced ride comfort, high rolling resistance.

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5th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3

Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3
  • 225/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.1 M99.72%
Dry Handling3rd-0.6 Km/H99.42%
Wet Braking5th+3.8 M92.32%
Wet Handling3rd-1.3 Km/H98.54%
Wet Circle3rd+0.29 s97.53%
Straight Aqua9th-3.8 Km/H96.18%
Curved Aquaplaning10th-0.84 m/sec277.24%
Noise2nd+1.4 dB98.06%
Price7th+185 64.42%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.58 kg / t93.38%
Balanced tire with good driving characteristics in the dry and wet, short braking distances, low noise, low rolling resistance, low price.
Limited curved aquaplaning resistance.

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5th: Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Bridgestone Potenza Sport
  • 225/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling7th-1.9 Km/H98.17%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling2nd-0.1 Km/H99.89%
Wet Circle1st100%
Straight Aqua8th-3.7 Km/H96.28%
Curved Aquaplaning8th-0.63 m/sec282.93%
Noise10th+3.3 dB95.55%
Price8th+225 59.82%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.52 kg / t84.33%
Impressive grip with sporty handling in the wet, direct steering response and stable handling in the dry, short wet and dry braking, good comfort.
High rolling resistance, high noise.

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7th: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 225/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+0.7 M98.09%
Dry Handling6th-1.4 Km/H98.66%
Wet Braking9th+6.8 M87.05%
Wet Handling7th-3.1 Km/H96.51%
Wet Circle9th+0.73 s94.02%
Straight Aqua10th-4.4 Km/H95.57%
Curved Aquaplaning9th-0.78 m/sec278.86%
Noise10th+3.3 dB95.55%
Price10th+255 56.78%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.53 kg / t93.92%
Premium comfort tires with stable driving on dry roads, short dry braking, fuel saving rolling resistance, good comfort.
Low aquaplaning resistance, longer wet braking.

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8th: Fulda SportControl 2

Fulda SportControl 2
  • 225/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking11th+1.8 M95.24%
Dry Handling8th-2 Km/H98.08%
Wet Braking8th+6.7 M87.21%
Wet Handling8th-3.8 Km/H95.73%
Wet Circle5th+0.43 s96.39%
Straight Aqua6th-2.4 Km/H97.59%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.09 m/sec297.56%
Noise4th+2 dB97.25%
Price5th+160 67.68%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.59 kg / t93.27%
Safe driving characteristics in the wet and dry, good aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking, low rolling resistance, good comfort.
Long wet braking, limited dry cornering grip.

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9th: Nexen N Fera Sport SU2

Nexen N Fera Sport SU2
  • 225/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.4 M96.26%
Dry Handling9th-3.1 Km/H97.02%
Wet Braking7th+4.9 M90.32%
Wet Handling9th-6 Km/H93.25%
Wet Circle8th+0.55 s95.42%
Straight Aqua7th-3 Km/H96.98%
Curved Aquaplaning7th-0.51 m/sec286.18%
Noise6th+2.1 dB97.12%
Price2nd+75 81.71%
Rolling Resistance10th+1.67 kg / t83.05%
Good aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking, low price.
Limited handling in the dry and wet, weak cornering, slow steering, high rolling resistance.

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10th: GT Radial SportActive 2

GT-Radial SportActive 2
  • 225/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+1.7 M95.49%
Dry Handling10th-4.9 Km/H95.29%
Wet Braking10th+11.3 M80.18%
Wet Handling10th-10.7 Km/H87.96%
Wet Circle10th+0.87 s92.95%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.6 Km/H99.4%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Noise3rd+1.5 dB97.93%
Price4th+155 68.37%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.44 kg / t94.9%
Good aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking, low rolling resistance.
Low levels of grip in the wet with understeer balance, significantly longer wet braking distances, average ride comfort.

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11th: Tomket Sport 3 Series 3

Tomket Sport 3 Series 3
  • 225/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+1.7 M95.49%
Dry Handling11th-5.1 Km/H95.1%
Wet Braking11th+19.9 M69.66%
Wet Handling11th-13.7 Km/H84.59%
Wet Circle11th+1.31 s89.75%
Straight Aqua11th-4.8 Km/H95.17%
Curved Aquaplaning11th-0.87 m/sec276.42%
Noise1st100%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Short dry braking, low rolling resistance.
Very poor grip in the wet with severe understeer, dangerously long wet braking distances, poor aquaplaning resistance.

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