2023 Sport Auto UHP Tire Test

The 2023 Sport Auto summer tire test has set out to discover what the best UHP summer tire is by testing eleven summer tires in the popular 225/40 R18 size using an Audi S3.

Once again the Continental SportContact 7 won the test with a strong performance in the dry and wet, with the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 close behind in second place and the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S in third place.

There seems to be a running theme in 2023 tire testing, and that is the SportContact 7 and Asymmetric 6 are incredible tires!

Dry BrakingContinental SportContact 7: 33.7 MGiti GitiSportS2: 35.4 M
Dry HandlingContinental SportContact 7: 101.8 Km/HNexen N Fera Sport SU2: 99 Km/H
Wet BrakingGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6: 23.8 MPirelli P Zero PZ4: 26.6 M
Wet HandlingBridgestone Potenza Sport: 88.7 Km/HFalken Azenis FK520: 83.1 Km/H
Wet CircleBridgestone Potenza Sport: 8.81 m/sNexen N Fera Sport SU2: 8.28 m/s
Straight AquaGiti GitiSportS2: 80.6 Km/HGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6: 79.1 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningMichelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 3.63 m/sec2Nexen N Fera Sport SU2: 3.09 m/sec2
NoiseKumho Ecsta PS91: 69.7 dBContinental SportContact 7: 73.3 dB
PriceNexen N Fera Sport SU2: 84 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 181
Rolling ResistanceFirestone Firehawk Sport: 7.1 kg / tBridgestone Potenza Sport: 10.2 kg / t

Wet

The new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 proved to have a small advantage over the Continental SportContact 7 during the wet braking test. The new Firestone Firehawk Sport also performed well, with the Pirelli P Zero PZ4 performing oddly poorly compared to its recent run of impressive test results.

The Bridgestone Potenza Sport took its usual spot at the top of wet handling, with the Continental and Pirelli close behind.

The new Falken FK520, Giti GitiSportS2 and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S all joint won the straight aquaplaning test. Curved aquaplaning can be found in the overall results at the base of the page.

Dry

The Continental and Goodyear were back at the front for dry braking.

And the Continental also narrowly beat the Bridgestone Potenza Sport for the fastest lap around dry handling.

Environment

The Kumho Ecsta PS91 was the quietest tire in the external noise drive by test.

The Firestone had an impressively low rolling resistance, with the Bridgestone having an impressive high one!

At usual, the Michelin tire was the most expensive on test.

Results

1st: Continental SportContact 7

Continental SportContact 7
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 9.76kgs
  • Tread: 5.8mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st33.7 M100%
Dry Handling1st101.8 Km/H100%
Wet Braking2nd24.1 M23.8 M+0.3 M98.76%
Wet Handling2nd87.5 Km/H88.7 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.65%
Wet Circle2nd8.58 m/s8.81 m/s-0.23 m/s97.39%
Straight Aqua4th80.1 Km/H80.6 Km/H-0.5 Km/H99.38%
Curved Aquaplaning8th3.37 m/sec23.63 m/sec2-0.26 m/sec292.84%
Noise11th73.3 dB69.7 dB+3.6 dB95.09%
Price8th112 84 +28 75%
Rolling Resistance2nd8.2 kg / t7.1 kg / t+1.1 kg / t86.59%
Very balanced handling and short braking distances in the wet. Very high level of grip when braking and cornering in the dry, very stable, fast handling.
Cornering grip in the wet not quite at the top level, increased pass-by noise.
High grip level and best driving safety in wet and dry conditions for the Continental SC7.

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2nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: C/A/70
  • Weight: 9.75kgs
  • Tread: 6.4mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd33.8 M33.7 M+0.1 M99.7%
Dry Handling4th100.6 Km/H101.8 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.82%
Wet Braking1st23.8 M100%
Wet Handling4th86.4 Km/H88.7 Km/H-2.3 Km/H97.41%
Wet Circle4th8.52 m/s8.81 m/s-0.29 m/s96.71%
Straight Aqua11th79.1 Km/H80.6 Km/H-1.5 Km/H98.14%
Curved Aquaplaning6th3.38 m/sec23.63 m/sec2-0.25 m/sec293.11%
Noise3rd70.9 dB69.7 dB+1.2 dB98.31%
Price4th103 84 +19 81.55%
Rolling Resistance3rd8.3 kg / t7.1 kg / t+1.2 kg / t85.54%
Shortest braking distances, best balance, very safe and wide limit in the wet. Strong braking, quick steering and high driving safety in the dry.
Cornering grip not at top level in wet conditions.
The EF1A6 is particularly strong on a dry track, top braking.

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3rd: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: D/A/72
  • Weight: 10.03kgs
  • Tread: 7.24mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking3rd33.9 M33.7 M+0.2 M99.41%
Dry Handling4th100.6 Km/H101.8 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.82%
Wet Braking5th24.5 M23.8 M+0.7 M97.14%
Wet Handling8th84.6 Km/H88.7 Km/H-4.1 Km/H95.38%
Wet Circle7th8.46 m/s8.81 m/s-0.35 m/s96.03%
Straight Aqua1st80.6 Km/H100%
Curved Aquaplaning1st3.63 m/sec2100%
Noise10th72.1 dB69.7 dB+2.4 dB96.67%
Price11th181 84 +97 46.41%
Rolling Resistance9th9.6 kg / t7.1 kg / t+2.5 kg / t73.96%
Good wet braking, brilliant aquaplaning safety. Strong braking, great precision and very low sensitivity to load changes on a dry track.
Difficult balance in wet handling. Increased values in rolling resistance and tire noise.
Top aquaplaning protection and strong in the dry for the Pilot Sport 4S, but slight deficits when wet.

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4th: Firestone Firehawk Sport

Firestone Firehawk Sport
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: B/A/70
  • Weight: 9.44kgs
  • Tread: 6.5mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking7th34.5 M33.7 M+0.8 M97.68%
Dry Handling3rd100.7 Km/H101.8 Km/H-1.1 Km/H98.92%
Wet Braking3rd24.3 M23.8 M+0.5 M97.94%
Wet Handling5th86.2 Km/H88.7 Km/H-2.5 Km/H97.18%
Wet Circle6th8.48 m/s8.81 m/s-0.33 m/s96.25%
Straight Aqua7th79.4 Km/H80.6 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.51%
Curved Aquaplaning9th3.19 m/sec23.63 m/sec2-0.44 m/sec287.88%
Noise6th71.3 dB69.7 dB+1.6 dB97.76%
Price8th112 84 +28 75%
Rolling Resistance1st7.1 kg / t100%
Good wet braking, very reliable wet grip with very precise steering, stable. Very balanced, easily controllable driving characteristics dry, lowest rolling resistance.
Deficits in curved aquaplaning.
Strong performance for the new Firestone FireHawk Sport, lowest rolling resistance.

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5th: Pirelli P Zero PZ4

Pirelli P Zero PZ4
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: C/B/71
  • Weight: 9.16kgs
  • Tread: 7.2mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th34.1 M33.7 M+0.4 M98.83%
Dry Handling7th100.5 Km/H101.8 Km/H-1.3 Km/H98.72%
Wet Braking11th26.6 M23.8 M+2.8 M89.47%
Wet Handling3rd86.7 Km/H88.7 Km/H-2 Km/H97.75%
Wet Circle3rd8.57 m/s8.81 m/s-0.24 m/s97.28%
Straight Aqua5th79.9 Km/H80.6 Km/H-0.7 Km/H99.13%
Curved Aquaplaning5th3.4 m/sec23.63 m/sec2-0.23 m/sec293.66%
Noise4th71.1 dB69.7 dB+1.4 dB98.03%
Price7th111 84 +27 75.68%
Rolling Resistance9th9.6 kg / t7.1 kg / t+2.5 kg / t73.96%
Very easy to control and steer with a balanced, slightly understeering balance in the wet. Very quick steering, high lateral support and sensitive balance when cornering.
Weak wet braking, increased rolling resistance.
Strong when dry. Weaknesses in wet braking for the PZ4.

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6th: Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Bridgestone Potenza Sport
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: D/A/70
  • Weight: 10.3kgs
  • Tread: 6.43mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking9th35.2 M33.7 M+1.5 M95.74%
Dry Handling2nd101.1 Km/H101.8 Km/H-0.7 Km/H99.31%
Wet Braking10th25.4 M23.8 M+1.6 M93.7%
Wet Handling1st88.7 Km/H100%
Wet Circle1st8.81 m/s100%
Straight Aqua9th79.3 Km/H80.6 Km/H-1.3 Km/H98.39%
Curved Aquaplaning6th3.38 m/sec23.63 m/sec2-0.25 m/sec293.11%
Noise9th71.6 dB69.7 dB+1.9 dB97.35%
Price10th114 84 +30 73.68%
Rolling Resistance11th10.2 kg / t7.1 kg / t+3.1 kg / t69.61%
Razor-sharp wet handling with high cornering. Safe, active handling on dry roads.
Longer braking distances at low temperatures and slightly rear-biased in the wet. Weak dry braking, highest rolling resistance in the test.
When the Bridgestone Potenza Sport is warm, it has very good grip in all directions.

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7th: Falken Azenis FK520

Falken Azenis FK520
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: C/A/70
  • Weight: 10.02kgs
  • Tread: 7.2mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking9th35.2 M33.7 M+1.5 M95.74%
Dry Handling4th100.6 Km/H101.8 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.82%
Wet Braking5th24.5 M23.8 M+0.7 M97.14%
Wet Handling11th83.1 Km/H88.7 Km/H-5.6 Km/H93.69%
Wet Circle10th8.3 m/s8.81 m/s-0.51 m/s94.21%
Straight Aqua1st80.6 Km/H100%
Curved Aquaplaning4th3.47 m/sec23.63 m/sec2-0.16 m/sec295.59%
Noise6th71.3 dB69.7 dB+1.6 dB97.76%
Price3rd96 84 +12 87.5%
Rolling Resistance4th8.6 kg / t7.1 kg / t+1.5 kg / t82.56%
Good wet braking, safe aquaplaning properties. Safe but less dynamic cornering, best ride comfort.
Dull steering, somewhat indifferent balance in the wet. Less spontaneous steering and slightly longer braking distances when dry.
The new FK520 is comfortable, but steers sluggishly on wet roads.

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8th: Kumho Ecsta PS91

Kumho Ecsta PS91
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: D/A/70
  • Weight: 9.86kgs
  • Tread: 7.2mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th34.4 M33.7 M+0.7 M97.97%
Dry Handling10th100 Km/H101.8 Km/H-1.8 Km/H98.23%
Wet Braking9th25.2 M23.8 M+1.4 M94.44%
Wet Handling7th84.8 Km/H88.7 Km/H-3.9 Km/H95.6%
Wet Circle9th8.38 m/s8.81 m/s-0.43 m/s95.12%
Straight Aqua7th79.4 Km/H80.6 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.51%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd3.52 m/sec23.63 m/sec2-0.11 m/sec296.97%
Noise1st69.7 dB100%
Price4th103 84 +19 81.55%
Rolling Resistance8th9.5 kg / t7.1 kg / t+2.4 kg / t74.74%
Decent water drainage, acceptable cornering grip and low load change reactions in the wet. Good deceleration values on dry roads, very quiet passing noise.
Longer braking distances and significant understeer in the wet. Sluggish steering, increased rolling resistance.
The PS91 is a quiet tire but has weaknesses in wet and dry grip.

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9th: Maxxis Victra Sport 5

Maxxis Victra Sport 5
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 8.97kgs
  • Tread: 7.32mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th34.4 M33.7 M+0.7 M97.97%
Dry Handling9th100.1 Km/H101.8 Km/H-1.7 Km/H98.33%
Wet Braking4th24.4 M23.8 M+0.6 M97.54%
Wet Handling6th85.8 Km/H88.7 Km/H-2.9 Km/H96.73%
Wet Circle5th8.49 m/s8.81 m/s-0.32 m/s96.37%
Straight Aqua6th79.8 Km/H80.6 Km/H-0.8 Km/H99.01%
Curved Aquaplaning9th3.19 m/sec23.63 m/sec2-0.44 m/sec287.88%
Noise6th71.3 dB69.7 dB+1.6 dB97.76%
Price2nd89 84 +5 94.38%
Rolling Resistance7th9 kg / t7.1 kg / t+1.9 kg / t78.89%
Good wet braking, easily controllable, tends to understeer in the wet and dry.
Low curve aquaplaning resistance, cornering grip decreases with longer loads.
The VS5 has safe braking and good grip level in wet and dry corners.

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10th: Giti GitiSportS2

Giti GitiSportS2
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: D/A/70
  • Weight: 8.79kgs
  • Tread: 7.93mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking11th35.4 M33.7 M+1.7 M95.2%
Dry Handling8th100.4 Km/H101.8 Km/H-1.4 Km/H98.62%
Wet Braking8th24.8 M23.8 M+1 M95.97%
Wet Handling9th84.4 Km/H88.7 Km/H-4.3 Km/H95.15%
Wet Circle7th8.46 m/s8.81 m/s-0.35 m/s96.03%
Straight Aqua1st80.6 Km/H100%
Curved Aquaplaning1st3.63 m/sec2100%
Noise4th71.1 dB69.7 dB+1.4 dB98.03%
Price6th110 84 +26 76.36%
Rolling Resistance5th8.9 kg / t7.1 kg / t+1.8 kg / t79.78%
Objectively good wet properties, best aquaplaning safety.
When moving dynamically, there is a lack of steering precision and response in the wet. Comparatively long braking distances and unbalanced handling on dry roads.
The Giti SportS2 has superior aquaplaning protection but is sluggish when turning in the dry.

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11th: Nexen N Fera Sport SU2

Nexen N Fera Sport SU2
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: C/B/72
  • Weight: 9.42kgs
  • Tread: 7.39mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking8th35.1 M33.7 M+1.4 M96.01%
Dry Handling11th99 Km/H101.8 Km/H-2.8 Km/H97.25%
Wet Braking7th24.6 M23.8 M+0.8 M96.75%
Wet Handling10th83.5 Km/H88.7 Km/H-5.2 Km/H94.14%
Wet Circle11th8.28 m/s8.81 m/s-0.53 m/s93.98%
Straight Aqua10th79.2 Km/H80.6 Km/H-1.4 Km/H98.26%
Curved Aquaplaning11th3.09 m/sec23.63 m/sec2-0.54 m/sec285.12%
Noise2nd70.2 dB69.7 dB+0.5 dB99.29%
Price1st84 100%
Rolling Resistance5th8.9 kg / t7.1 kg / t+1.8 kg / t79.78%
Good wet braking, decent longitudinal aquaplaning. Quiet pass-by noise.
Very sluggish steering and high levels of understeer in the wet. Long braking distances and less dynamic handling on a dry track.
The N`Fera Sport SU2 brakes properly when wet, otherwise rather low level of grip.

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