Dunlop SportMaxx RT

The Dunlop SportMaxx RT is a Max Performance Summer tire designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tire replaced the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx TT and this tire has been replaced by the Dunlop SportMaxx RT 2.

Dry Grip 88%
Wet Grip 84%
Road Feedback 83%
Handling 82%
Wear 60%
Comfort 82%
Buy again 68%

Tire review data from 174 tire reviews averaging 78% over 1,632,520 miles driven.

The SportMaxx RT is ranked 34th of 74 Summer Max Performance tires.


Latest Tire Test Results

2015 Sport Auto 235/35 R19 UHP Tire Test - 4th of 7 tires

  • Positive - Good handling on wet roads, short braking distance on dry roads, very low rolling resistance, low noise level
  • Negative - Relatively long braking distances on wet surfaces, slow reaction to the steering in the dry
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2015 AZ 225/40 R18 Summer Tire Test - 4th of 14 tires

  • Positive - Short braking distances on wet surfaces, short braking distance on dry roads, low rolling resistance
  • Negative - Slow response to steering and a tendency to understeer in the dry
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2015 EVO Magazine Performance Tire Test - 6th of 10 tires

  • Overall - The Dunlop performed consistently, but not outstandingly in any test, other than straight line aquaplaning.
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Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
0/0 R0 0         10.31kgs
205/45 R16 83W XL   E A 67 7.24kgs
205/50 R16 87W XL   E A 66 7.63kgs
225/50 R16 92Y XL   E A 67 9.35kgs
205/55 R16 91Y XL   E A 67 8.72kgs
205/55 R16 91W XL AO E B 67 8.60kgs
215/55 R16 97Y XL   C A 67 9.59kgs
215/55 R16 93Y XL   C A 67 9.61kgs
225/55 R16 99Y XL   C B 67 9.96kgs
225/55 R16 95Y XL   C A 67 9.93kgs
195/40 R17 81V XL   E B 70 8.32kgs
215/40 R17 87W XL AO C A 68 8.72kgs
205/45 R17 88W XL * B B 66 8.40kgs
205/45 R17 88W XL *RSC C B 66 9.35kgs
225/45 R17 91W XL   B A 69 9.07kgs
225/45 R17 91Y XL AO2 E A 67 9.84kgs
225/45 R17 91Y AO E B 69 9.13kgs
225/45 R17 91W XL   C B 67 9.30kgs
215/50 R17 91Y XL   E A 67 8.87kgs
225/50 R17 98Y XL J B A 68 9.93kgs
235/55 R17 99V XL AO C A 67 11.40kgs
205/40 R18 86Y XL   E A 69 9.95kgs
225/40 R18 92Y XL AO1 C A 69 9.73kgs
225/40 R18 92Y XL MO C A 68 9.67kgs
225/40 R18 92Y XL   B A 69 8.90kgs
245/40 R18 97Y XL MO E B 70 11.05kgs
225/45 R18 95Y XL J B A 68 9.58kgs
225/45 R18 95Y XL MO E B 69 9.63kgs
245/50 R18 100W MO C A 68 12.91kgs
245/50 R18 100W XL MO E B 68 12.96kgs
235/35 R19 91Y XL MO E B 68 10.23kgs
235/35 R19 91Y XL MO F A 68 10.90kgs
235/35 R19 91Y XL MO E B 68 10.21kgs
245/35 R19 93Y XL MO1 E A 69 10.58kgs
255/35 R19 96Y XL MO E A 69 11.50kgs
255/35 R19 96Y XL MO E A 70 11.77kgs
255/35 R19 96Y XL J C A 69 10.46kgs
265/35 R19 98Y XL MO1 E A 71 12.82kgs
225/40 R19 93Y XL MO E A 69 9.39kgs
225/40 R19 93Y XL MO E A 68 9.64kgs
225/40 R19 93Y XL   E B 70 11.11kgs
225/40 R19 93Y XL J C A 68 10.17kgs
225/40 R19 93Y XL MO C A 69 9.39kgs
235/40 R19 96Y XL   C A 68 10.57kgs
275/40 R19 101Y XL MO C C 70 13.89kgs
275/40 R19 101Y XL   C A 69 12.61kgs
275/40 R19 101Y MGT E A 67 14.74kgs
225/45 R19 96W XL   B A 67 10.68kgs
245/45 R19 98Y MGT E A 68 12.17kgs
245/45 R19 102Y XL MO C A 68 13.07kgs
235/55 R19 101V XL   B A 69 13.70kgs
235/55 R19 101V XL   B A 71 12.65kgs
235/55 R19 101W XL   C A 69 13.85kgs
305/25 R20 97Y XL   E A 70 13.40kgs
265/30 R20 94Y XL RO1 E C 71 12.61kgs
265/30 R20 94Y XL RO1 E C 71 12.65kgs
265/30 R20 94Y XL RO1 E C 71 12.30kgs
265/30 R20 94Y XL RO1 E C 71 12.30kgs
305/25 R21 98Y XL   C A 70 13.66kgs
255/30 R21 93Y XL   E A 68 11.56kgs
265/30 R21 96Y XL RO1 E A 71 12.29kgs
265/30 R21 96Y XL RO1 E A 71 12.63kgs
335/25 R22 105Y XL   C A 71 16.10kgs
295/30 R22 103Y XL   C A 70 14.50kgs

Questions and Answers for the Dunlop SportMaxx RT

2016-07-30 - i have dunlop 225/45zr17 on my skoda suberb and i have 39000 kilometers on what millage would i expecp to get

That is excellent mileage for the Dunlop SportMaxx RT, especially if it is the front pair of tires.

2016-10-08 - What is the correct psi for these tires

The tire pressure for the Dunlop Sport Maxx RT is vehicle and load specific. The correct tire pressure for your vehicle can usually be found on a sticker in the door shut of the driver's door, or in the manufacturer's handbook.

2020-01-02 - Are they run flat??

There are runflat versions of the SportMaxx RT

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Top 3 Dunlop SportMaxx RT Reviews

Given 91% while driving a Ford Mondeo Titanium X (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 6,000 spirited miles
Excellent tire, fantastic performance.
Helpful 89 - tire reviewed on December 8, 2012
Given 77% while driving a Volkswagen Golf 7 GTD (225/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
Bought thee to replace a pair of dreadful Arrowspeed Performance UHP's after less than 1000 miles on them.
The Arrowspeeds were borderline dangerous on the rear, Stability control was triggering a lot and the car would sway about if changing lanes or changing direction quickly....simply can't say a good thing about them.
Dunlops have transformed the car, quieter, much more stable and very grippy in every way a nice match to the car
Helpful 48 - tire reviewed on June 29, 2019
Given 23% while driving a SEAT 1.4 TSI (225/45 R16) on mostly country roads for 700 average miles
Just got my brand new leon at the end of August 17 ( so under 1 month) and to my disppointement it arrived with Dunlopp Maxx RT. I didn't like the bluesport model as the wear was shockingly bad but these tires are just as awful. The handling is scary and the tires feel really unstable in straight lines as well as corners (lack of grip) and on the motorway. No problem with the car itself. Maybe the high wear will be a good thing as I can't wait to get rid of them. I would not recommend Dunlopp Maxx rt
Helpful 31 - tire reviewed on September 12, 2017
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Latest Dunlop SportMaxx RT Reviews

Given 86% while driving a Mazda MX5 (205/45 R16) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
I bought the car with the Dunlops fitted all round. They were old and only had about 3mm of tread on them, so I was soon to get new tires.
For the short while I did have them, they were outstanding in the dry, I've heard that the turn in on them can be slow to reslpond but to my usage I did not see this. In fact id say the turn in and maximum high speed turning grip was outstanding and felt almost like a semi slick. I couldn't get the wheels to spin at all in the dry and were a joy to drive. Was a shame that they had such a low tread when I bought the car because I'd love to have felt how they were in the wet with a decent amount of tread on them.
If they were not so expensive I would buy them again definitely so if you have the money and live in a mostly dry area then these are damn gold.
Helpful 1 - tire reviewed on November 22, 2023
Given 50% while driving a Audi (245/35 R19) on mostly motorways for 2,000 miles
Put these on Audi ,not good in wet as car is spinning alot more with them on take off and snow really bad, can't wait till get them off again as they are that bad
Helpful 6 - tire reviewed on January 19, 2023
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Given 87% while driving a Audi A3 Sport (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 45,000 average miles
Dispite that its an old model tire of dunlop it work so good with sporty characteristics hard compound but noisy. I replaced them after 45000 KM driven mostly in dry conditions and high temperatures but it seemed that they had another 5000 km more life easily. I was very satisfied in general and now replace them with AS6 with too much soft compound with no sporty characteristics and unsteable when you push them a little more . i wish i had chosen the same.
Helpful 8 - tire reviewed on August 1, 2022
Given 90% while driving a MINI Cooper S (205/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 6,250 spirited miles
These tires sidewall damage so easily, unprovoked. Iv had to replace a tire every 3rd month. My last one still maintained tire pressure but sidewall had a huge slash in the inside so I couldn’t see it. Maybe i got a defective set
Helpful 12 - tire reviewed on May 5, 2022
Given 39% while driving a Mercedes Benz GLC220d (235/55 R19) on a combination of roads for 1,000 easy going miles
Very loud! Unpleasant at 30Km/h and really annoying above 50Km/h. Don't buy these, certainly not in the dimension 235/55R19
Helpful 9 - tire reviewed on May 5, 2022
Given 80% while driving a MINI Cooper (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 8,000 average miles
Competent tire in both wet and dry. Excellent in aquaplaning. Wear is ok.
Helpful 9 - tire reviewed on February 15, 2022
Given 56% while driving a Mazda 6 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 19,000 average miles
I'm having two set of this tires. On a suv 235/55 r19, on a sedan 225/45 r17. The wear is surprisingly very good, both of tires around 30.000 kms (19000 miles) and more the half of the thread left (5-6mm!) The only concern is the noise.. In the firs year it was exceptional good. The next year it was good. This is the third season, in this season, it is unbearable. On highway speed (around 90 mph), if the asphalt is not brand new, we cant talk. The radio cannot be loud enough. So its terrible. I'm trying to survive this year, and next year i will buy another brand.
Helpful 10 - tire reviewed on June 26, 2021
Nissan (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
On wet surface ----useless... These are very good on dry conditions / Highway - for city useless...
Helpful 10 - tire reviewed on June 5, 2021
Given 74% while driving a Volkswagen e Golf (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 12,000 average miles
Fitted as std equipment to my eGolf, initially I was pleased with these tires. Dry grip is good, noise is very low. However one rear punctured quite easily, the other rear developed a slow puncture which could not be located. Despite a new valve, rim clean and refit the air loss persisted. The fronts began to develop cracks in every tread and at 12000 miles were worn . I replaced the set with Michelin E primacy. I’m unlikely to purchase Dunlop again.
Helpful 10 - tire reviewed on May 31, 2021
Given 87% while driving a Audi A6 3.0 TDI Quattro (255/40 R19) on a combination of roads for 13,000 average miles
I bought the Sport Maxx RT’s on my A6 to replace the P Zero’s that were OE fit. The Dunlop’s are far superior imho because they warm up much quicker than the P Zero’s and don’t understeer like the Pirelli’s. The are quieter, grippier in all weather especially the wet, but as far as longevity goes all I can say is so far I’ve put 13000 miles on them and they still look like new. I think the P Zeros were quite a hard tire as I got nearly 40000 miles out of them and they used to understeer a tad in cooler weather or in the wet compared to the Dunlop’s.
Helpful 13 - tire reviewed on May 30, 2021
Given 57% while driving a Skoda (225/45 R17 W) on mostly town for 2,500 average miles
These tires came stock fitted on my new Skoda Octavia Estate. The tires have simply terrible grip on greasy wet roads from a standstill in colder temperatures, wheels spinning with average pressure on the throttle and forget about a quick start. Dry performance is better as expected, wet and dry braking times are decent enough. The road noise is however pretty bad. Can't wait to change them out for Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2's.
Helpful 8 - tire reviewed on February 13, 2021
Given 73% while driving a Opel ASTRA H 1.6 TURBO (205/55 R16 W) on a combination of roads for 0 spirited miles
I had some cheap GT Radial Champiro FE1 and the grip was poor. Beside bad handling the car was bad at braking, after i change the to the Dunlops, the car change totally, much better grip in the dry and much better handling. And breaking got much better too. So for this size of tire. This is a tire i can really recommend.
Helpful 10 - tire reviewed on November 6, 2020