Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT

The Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT is a Extreme Performance Summer tire designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Dry Grip 86%
Wet Grip 67%
Road Feedback 76%
Handling 72%
Wear 66%
Comfort 68%
Buy again 57%

Tire review data from 70 tire reviews averaging 70% over 894,895 miles driven.

The SP Sport Maxx GT is ranked 27th of 32 Summer Extreme Performance tires.


Latest Tire Test Results

2016 AutoBild UHP Summer Tire Test - 6th of 6 tires

  • Positive - SHort braking in the wet and dry
  • Negative - Poor handling and oversteer balance in the wet
  • Overall - Satisfactory
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2012 EVO Max Performance Tire Test - 7th of 10 tires

  • Overall - Echoing our own long term test findings, while the Dunlop Sport Maxx GT offers excellent grip in the wet and dry, it's somewhat let down by the average steering feel it provides.
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2012 Auto Bild 20 inch Tire Test - 3rd of 8 tires

  • Positive - Good handling and excellent braking on dry roads, high precision steering with good feedback. Quiet pass by noise.
  • Negative - Weakness in curved aquaplaning.
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Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
0/0 R0 0         13.76kgs
0/0 R0 0         15.39kgs
255/45 R17 98Y XL MO C B 68 11.17kgs
235/65 R17 104W AO F B 66 15.66kgs
255/35 R18 94Y XL MO E B 68 11.44kgs
285/35 R18 101Y XL   E B 70 12.63kgs
285/35 R18 97W MO F B 70 13.17kgs
235/40 R18 95Y XL MO F A 68 11.49kgs
235/40 R18 95Y XL MO F A 68 11.49kgs
235/40 R18 91Y XL MO F B 68 11.01kgs
245/40 R18 93Y XL AO F B 68 11.10kgs
255/40 R18 95Y XL MOEXTENDED E B 68 13.18kgs
255/40 R18 95W MO F B 69 12.25kgs
275/40 R18 99Y XL *RSC F B 68 15.22kgs
235/45 R18 94Y XL N0 E C 69 10.92kgs
245/45 R18 96Y *RSC F B 65 14.16kgs
245/45 R18 96Y *RSC E B 65 14.16kgs
245/45 R18 96Y AO F B 68 11.95kgs
245/45 R18 96Y XL AO F B 68 11.95kgs
245/45 R18 96Y XL *RSC F B 69 14.16kgs
265/45 R18 101Y XL N0 E C 69 13.17kgs
275/45 R18 107Y XL J E B 70 14.50kgs
235/50 R18 97V XL MOEXTENDED C B 69 13.56kgs
235/50 R18 97V XL MO C B 70 11.78kgs
245/50 R18 104Y XL J E B 67 12.93kgs
245/50 R18 100Y XL *RSC F B 69 16.00kgs
245/50 R18 100Y *RSC F B 67 16.00kgs
245/50 R18 104Y XL J N-CCC E B 69 12.93kgs
245/50 R18 100W XL *RSC E B 67 16.15kgs
245/50 R18 104Y XL J E B 69 13.34kgs
235/60 R18 103W AO F B 68 15.82kgs
265/30 R19 93Y XL   F B 69 12.52kgs
295/30 R19 100Y XL RO1 F B 70 14.78kgs
315/30 R19 100Y XL   F B 71 14.39kgs
225/35 R19 88Y XL   F B 67 10.42kgs
225/35 R19 88Y XL *RSC E B 69 11.09kgs
225/35 R19 88Y XL *RSC E B 66 11.09kgs
255/35 R19 96Y XL AO E C 69 12.39kgs
265/35 R19 98Y XL AO E B 70 13.39kgs
265/35 R19 98Y XL MO E C 69 12.48kgs
275/35 R19 96Y XL *RSC E B 69 15.05kgs
285/35 R19 99Y   F B 70 13.90kgs
225/40 R19 89W XL *RSC F C 67 12.97kgs
245/40 R19 98Y XL RO1 E B 68 12.82kgs
245/40 R19 94Y XL *RSC F C 66 13.34kgs
255/40 R19 100Y XL RO1 E C 69 12.40kgs
255/40 R19 96V   E B 67 12.38kgs
255/40 R19 96V XL   E B 69 12.38kgs
275/40 R19 101Y XL *RSC E B 67 17.10kgs
245/45 R19 98Y XL *RSC E B 67 15.40kgs
245/45 R19 102Y XL   C B 67 12.65kgs
235/55 R19 101W AO F C 68 15.18kgs
275/25 R20 91Y XL   F B 72 11.78kgs
235/30 R20 88Y XL   F A 69 10.40kgs
235/30 R20 88Y XL   F B 69 10.40kgs
245/30 R20 90Y XL   E A 68 11.40kgs
255/30 R20 92Y XL *RSC E C 70 12.60kgs
265/30 R20 94Y XL RO1 E B 68 13.15kgs
275/30 R20 97Y XL RO1 F B 71 13.26kgs
275/30 R20 97Y XL *RSC E B 66 14.42kgs
295/30 R20 101Y XL MO F C 70 14.10kgs
325/30 R20 102Y   F B 71 16.35kgs
225/35 R20 90Y XL *RSC E C 67 11.53kgs
245/35 R20 95Y XL *RSC E B 66 13.70kgs
255/35 R20 97Y XL MO E A 70 11.59kgs
265/35 R20 99Y XL AO E C 71 13.77kgs
275/35 R20 102Y XL MO E B 70 14.35kgs
275/35 R20 102Y XL J E B 70 13.93kgs
275/35 R20 102Y XL RO1 F C 72 13.59kgs
275/35 R20 102Y XL MO E B 69 14.35kgs
315/35 R20 110W XL *RSC C B 70 19.62kgs
245/40 R20 99Y XL J E C 69 12.48kgs
245/40 R20 99Y XL J E B 68 12.48kgs
275/40 R20 106Y XL B E B 70 15.20kgs
275/40 R20 106W XL *RSC C B 68 17.01kgs
255/45 R20 101W XL AO F C 69 14.95kgs
265/45 R20 108Y XL B E B 68 15.69kgs
265/45 R20 104Y XL MO E C 70 14.79kgs
265/45 R20 108Y XL B E B 68 15.97kgs
265/30 R21 96Y XL   F A 69 12.50kgs
275/30 R21 98Y XL RO1/NON-DOT E B 70 13.46kgs
285/30 R21 100Y XL RO1 F C 71 13.73kgs
285/30 R21 100Y XL RO1 F C 71 13.85kgs
325/30 R21 108Y XL *RSC C B 70 19.27kgs
275/35 R21 103Y XL RO1 E B 71 14.10kgs
275/35 R21 103Y XL RO1 E B 71 14.46kgs
285/35 R21 105Y XL *RSC C B 68 16.59kgs
255/40 R21 102Y XL RO1 E B 69 14.08kgs
265/40 R21 105Y XL B E B 70 15.90kgs
265/40 R21 105Y XL B E B 70 16.17kgs
295/25 R22 97Y XL   F A 70 14.37kgs
295/25 R22 97Y XL   F A 70 14.37kgs
265/30 R22 97Y XL   F A 70 12.75kgs
305/40 R22 114Y XL   E A 72 18.49kgs
315/25 R23 102Y XL   E A 71 15.50kgs
315/25 R23 102Y XL   F B 71 15.50kgs

Questions and Answers for the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT

2016-09-05 - Hi, could i buy a full set of these in the exact size as my pireli pzero on my bmw x3 3.0d xdrive 2012? Would these cause a problem with the xdrive?

Yes, as long as you match the size and load rating, there will be no problem swapping P Zeros for Dunlop SportMaxx GT

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Size Price Range  
245/40 R18 $183.96 - $183.96 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
255/35 R19 $326.99 - $332.99 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
275/35 R19 $436.99 - $449.99 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 23 tire sizes - View all.

Top 3 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT Reviews

Given 96% while driving a Audi A5 2.0TFSI Quattro (255/35 R19 W) on mostly motorways for 21,000 average miles
These were the OE fitment for my Audi A5 Quattro.

I have had ~21,000 miles out of the fronts, with a mixed style of driving.

I would have expected much less, due to being low profile tires, being on a relatively big / heavy car and a mix of driving style. I am very impressed with the wear rates.

I have no complaints with the grip levels provided in wet or dry. They are a great combination with Audi's quattro system.

I would have been tempted to change to the Michelin Pilot Super Sports as the fronts have recently worn out. However from reading up on the Quattro system and mixing patterns front and back, I have decided to keep the keep the front and rear tires the same. Do your research and make your own decision on this...

Great tires!
Helpful 53 - tire reviewed on November 28, 2014
Given 56% while driving a Nissan GT R (285/35 R20) on mostly country roads for 8,000 average miles
Oem on gtr 2015.. ok for the first 1800 miles then starts to wear the inside wall as they are runflats .. admittedly they are runflats at 127 mph so extremely safe but you pay the price as they wear so quickly.. only lasted 8000 miles and nissan wanted 2500 smackers to replace.. no way! I replaced them with michelin pilot sport 4s.. what a difference.. not nitrogen (i never had to inflate the dunlops ever.. amazing they never lost any pressure in 18 months)..
Helpful 28 - tire reviewed on January 13, 2018
Given 21% while driving a Jaguar F Type coupe (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 300 spirited miles
I had the Dunlop Sport 01 prior to this and only had these fitted because I left the dealer to fit new tires at a service. This was a poor decision as these are the worst performing tires I have ever had. They have no grip in the dry let alone the wet. I now have no confidence in the cornering of my F-Type, which prior to these being fitted, went round corners like it was on rails.
Helpful 22 - tire reviewed on January 7, 2019
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Latest Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT Reviews

Given 37% while driving a Audi TT S (255/35 R19) on mostly country roads for 4,000 average miles
These tires were fitted to my Audi TTS Roadster . I purchased the car 2nd hand in Feb 2023 and these were the tires fitted. I found the ride very harsh and would get a pronounced shimmy . Turn in felt very slow. I checked the manufacture date on the tires and found they were from early 2018. They were very dry and cracked on the shoulders, they felt almost brittle . I just didnt have any confidence in them. During heavy braking ABS seemed to cut in earlier than i would have thought they should.
I have replaced all 4 tires now with Goodyear eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 and the difference is night and day
Helpful 0 - tire reviewed on October 13, 2023
Given 85% while driving a Volkswagen Golf GTI 7.5 (235/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 500 spirited miles
This is an initial impressions review of the Sport Maxx GT on my Golf GTI so unable to comment on wear. Will focus mainly on performance and feel during warm weather driving.

Dry grip is very good. No complaints whatsover. Slightly better than the Falken FK510, another popular UHP summer tire. The tires turn well without much understeer and the car darts into corners. Feedback is perhaps not the best but the tires are predictable and placing the car is easy.

Wet grip is very good as well. Drove on these tires through a tropical storm and they felt planted and never hydroplaned even with puddles all over the roads. Of course, this is dependent on driving sensibly. Drive like a hooligan in the rain and you’ll crash regardless of whatever tires you fit.

Comfort and noise level is decent. The tire isn’t harsh over bumps and noise level is acceptable by UHP standards. If this is your priority, get touring tires instead!

Overall, very good first impressions when fitted on a FWD hot hatch. Price wise, it undercuts all the big brands by quite some margin. Does everything reasonably well, at least in warm climates.
Helpful 2 - tire reviewed on September 7, 2023
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Given 86% while driving a BMW 640 d gran coupe (275/30 R20) on mostly motorways for 15,000 average miles
I bought my bmw 640d GC with 34,985 miles on it and thrt had 7mm all round. As of todays review 10.01.23 the car is on 50,800 miles and thr tires are down to 5mm all round. Now thats 1mm of wear per 7,500 miles which is excellent. They are runflat and the wear rate is amazing. I will probably get 20,000 miles and more out of these and so far thet are excellent.
Helpful 4 - tire reviewed on January 10, 2023
Given 46% while driving a Jaguar XJ (X351) SWB 3.0d (275/35 R20) on a combination of roads for 2,000 spirited miles
Had these as OE fit on a Jaguar XJ, and while they were fine in the dry the car was like Bambi on ice in the wet, huge slides available at will which is fun but not really safe. Threw them in the bin with most of the life left in them. I can see why the supercharged Jaguars have a reputation for randomly spinning out in the rain with these as OE fit.
Helpful 6 - tire reviewed on January 2, 2023
Given 80% while driving a Audi A5 (/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 0 spirited miles
I had those tires on my 2008 Audi A5 V6 manual transmission for 12 years. I’m not a daily driver , average around 5K a year. First time I had to replace the tires was when they were too old and started to fall apart. I think they are rated for max 6 years which is normal. Next time I had to replace tires was when I hit big potholes created after snow removals on the streets. I hit some serious potholes and they still held pretty well surprisingly but they’re not indestructible ( I had to replace 3 or 4 not -in the same season). Tires would break when the rim bent from impact. Understandable. One thing that pulls me back to them is grip. I was braking really hard couple of time because people are idiots, and not once did I feel my anti-lock brakes activate. It was a solid hard glued to the road stop! One car behind me had to go into emergency lane while braking to avoid hitting me. On wet surface it had pretty good grip but I wasn’t pushing it in the rain. Snow driving: while it’s not a snow tire it did get me in and out of snowy situation. Front wheel sedans were getting stuck while going up the hill in the snow but I was able to manage to keep moving because my car is quattro. My current 2015 audi S5 has Continental ultra-high performance all seasons tires , and while they’re great overall tires I already felt anti-lock brakes activate when suddenly I had to stop (it wasn’t that hard of a braking I must say). I’m currently looking to get the Dunlops as replacement. Braking>Acceleration.
Helpful 7 - tire reviewed on July 29, 2022
Given 82% while driving a Mercedes Benz GLA 250 (245/50 R18) on a combination of roads for 700 average miles
Done the first 1000km on this set and it's much more comfortable and quiet ride compared to the Continental Contact 5 (RFT) that came with the Mercedes GLA 250 (managed to get ~50K kms out of them). Will be good to see the mileage of these Dunlops RFT.
Helpful 9 - tire reviewed on April 28, 2022
Given 54% while driving a Audi A7 3.0TDi Auto (245/45 R21) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
Had these in 21 inch on my A7. Generally ok with no grip or traction issues. The main issue was the known fault of the side wall splitting. One nearly new tire failed an MOT and had to be replaced. And one that still had a few mm left virtually disintegrated and could have killed me. Tried to raise the issue with Dunlop but the couldn't care less. Disgusted with their complete lack of ownership. Needless to say they were all replaced with other brands. Will never buy Dunlop again.
Helpful 8 - tire reviewed on February 9, 2022
Given 61% while driving a Mercedes Benz S65 AMG (/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 2,500 easy going miles
Put them on a S63 AMG, Thread lasted less than 3000 miles. Good looking tires and confortable ride but wear is horrible.
Helpful 8 - tire reviewed on January 15, 2022
Given 51% while driving a BMW 640 d gran coupe (245/30 R20) on a combination of roads for 15,000 average miles
I have these tires fitted to a BMW 6 series this was the OEM spec that the car was purchased with , i really do not recommend these tires as at present the car is on its tenth tire be it a combo of front and rear regardless of the size the issue is exactly the same the tread separates from the tire, a vehicle with less than 55000 miles. I have no confidence in traveling too far as it seems that every long journey these tires do not withstand consistent driving yes tire pressures are checked on a regular basis , tracking and balance checked and all checks out.
Helpful 8 - tire reviewed on August 9, 2021
Audi (255/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 13,000 miles
Had new tires fitted all round. Fronts are now in need of replacing after 13,000 miles. Great grip but they wear out like cheese. Rears are okay. I drive a Remapped 2.7 A5. I don't drive like an imbecile. Very disappointed with such a well known Brand
Helpful 10 - tire reviewed on June 13, 2021
Given 63% while driving a Audi A7 Bi Turbo black edition (275/30 R21) on mostly town for 5,000 average miles
I drive a Audi A7 Quattro. These tires are good when new but are lasting not even a year and around 5000 miles. Have so far replaced 7 tires due to inner side wall splits. These are the most dangerous tires I have ever purchased. The splits show no sign of coming they just happen when driving. The car is totally standard. They are now being replaced with Continentals.
Helpful 16 - tire reviewed on April 1, 2020
Given 90% while driving a Audi Q5 (255/40 R21) on a combination of roads for 29,000 average miles
These were fitted from new and have 29k on them. I have a new set ordered and am about to put them on again. I was particularly impressed with how well they handled but also how comfortable the vehicle was considering it’s weight on these tires. Tire feedback was excellent but the main factor for buying them again was the performance they gave over such a long life of 29k
Helpful 19 - tire reviewed on October 4, 2018