245/35R19

Auto Bild Sportscars tested summer tires of different sizes

The new test performed by the German motoring publication involved sports summer tires with a 19-inch rim diameter.

List of models tested:

Yet another summer tire test by Germany’s Auto Bild Sportscars magazine was conducted on the testing track in Uvalde, Texas, USA, used for tire testing by motoring publications from all over the world. This time around, the test involved sports tires in two sizes — 245/35 R19 and 265/35 R19 — designed to be installed respectively on the front and rear axes of sports cars, such as Mercedes C63 AMG, which was used as a test car.

The lineup of tires was rather standard, and one could easily see from the list of competitors that the victory would be disputed by three leaders in this segment — Continental SportContact 6, Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S. At the same time, there is always a possibility that there will be a «dark horse» that will challenge the competition leaders, and this time around one could expect this, for example, from Hankook Ventus S1 evo2, Falcon Azenis FK510, or Vredestein Ultrac Vorti. There was also one cheap model involved in the test — Nankang NS-20 — because it will never hurt to remind the audience about the consequence of saving up on tires; there was also a set of semi-slick tires Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 that performed out of competition.

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Ultimately, no miracles happened, and the first three places were scored by Continental, Michelin and Goodyear. The first two tires were praised, among other things, for crisp steering response and excellent handling feedback, and the experts said that they were quite safe to make the «elk maneuver» at high speeds. On dry pavement, the only tires that came close to the leaders were the semi-slicks, engineered specifically for these conditions.

On the wet track, the semi-slick Michelin tires predictably ran into problems, while the last place was just as predictably scored by the Nankang tire, the cheapest one on test. This Asian-made tire demonstrated very poor traction and long stopping distances, scoring a «Not recommended» overall verdict.

Summing up the results, AB noted that the best choice for sports cars would be Continental and Michelin, which, at the same time, will probably be the most expensive option. Also, high scores were received by Goodyear, Hankook, and Vredestein, and, if you need a maximum speed at the racing track, you may well go for special semi-slick tires. We can also add that the three Japanese brands — Falken, Yokohama, and Toyo — scored quite modest places, not being able to keep up with their European rivals this time.

Place Model Wet Performance Dry Performance Verdict
1 Continental SportContact 6 2+ 1- Exemplary/Winner of the test
2 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S 2+ 1- Exemplary/Winner of the test
3 Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport 2+ 2 Good
4 Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 K117 2 2 Good
5 Vredestein Ultrac Vorti 2 2 Good
6 Falken Azenis FK510 1- 2- Satisfactory
7 Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105 2- 2 Satisfactory
8 Toyo Proxes Sport 2- 2- Satisfactory
9 Nankang Sportnex NS-20 4+ 3- Not recommended
- Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 3- 1- Conditionally Recommended

1st place — Continental SportContact 6

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Continental SportContact 6

Dry Performance Wet Performance Handling Comfort Price/Quality Treadwear
  • This tire will be replaced by Continental / SportContact 7
  • This tire replaced Continental / ContiSportContact 5
  • Available Sizes in Line: 165
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi A4 B9 [2016 .. 2019]
    • • Audi A4 B8 Facelift [2011 .. 2016]
    • • Audi R8 I [2007 .. 2016]
    • • Audi R8 II [2015 .. 2018]
    • • Honda Civic FB/FG [2011 .. 2016]
    • • Honda Civic X (FC) [2016 .. 2019]
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Br212 Facelift [2013 .. 2016]
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Br213 [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Honda Civic Type R
    • • Audi SQ8 4MN [2019 .. 2021]
    • • Audi TT 8S Facelift [2019 .. 2021]
    • • Audi Q8 4MN [2018 .. 2021]
    • • Mazda CX-5 KF [2016 .. 2021]
    • • BMW 3 Series VII (G20/G21) [2018 .. 2021]
    • • Mercedes-Benz A-Class AMG W177 [2018 .. 2021]
    • • Audi RS Q3 F3 [2019 .. 2021]
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Br205 [2015 .. 2021]
    • • Audi RS5 F5 [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Volvo S60 III [2019 .. 2021]
    • • Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace AD\BW [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Opel Insignia B Facelift [2020 .. 2021]
    • • BMW M2 F87 Facelift [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Skoda Octavia 5E Facelift [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Porsche Boxster Typ 981 [2012 .. 2017]
    • • Audi RS3 8VA [2015 .. 2020]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2015
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, South Africa, Oceania
Continental SportContact 6
  • Precise steering response
  • Good handling response and a short stopping distance on dry pavement
  • Excellent lateral stability in the wet
  • Excellent hydroplaning resistance
  • Average riding comfort
  • High price

2nd place — Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

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Snow/Ice Performance Price/Quality Wet Performance Dry Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Michelin / Pilot Super Sport
  • Available Sizes in Line: 203
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Ferrari GTC4Lusso [2016 .. 2020]
    • • Porsche 911
    • • Porsche Boxster
    • • BMW X3 M F97 [2019 .. 2021]
    • • BMW X4 M F98 [2019 .. 2021]
    • • Cadillac CT4-V GM Alpha 2 [2020 .. 2022]
    • • Cadillac CT5-V GM Alpha 2 [2020 .. 2022]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Oceania
Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
  • Great handling in the wet and in the dry
  • Precise steering response, efficient braking, and excellent handling feedback
  • Good hydroplaning resistance.
  • Low noise emission
  • The highest price among the tested tires

3rd place — Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport

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Dry Performance Handling Wet Performance Comfort Treadwear
  • Available Sizes in Line: 74
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Oceania
Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport
  • Excellent lateral stability and handling response on wet pavement
  • Precise steering response, and excellent braking performance
  • Smooth ride
  • High noise emission
    Increased rolling resistance

4th place — Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 K117

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Dry Performance Wet Performance Comfort Snow/Ice Performance Handling Treadwear
  • This tire has been replaced by Hankook / Ventus S1 evo3 K127
  • This tire replaced Hankook / Ventus S1 evo K107
  • This tire has run-flat model:
  • Available Sizes in Line: 127
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • MINI Cooper
    • • Mercedes-Benz A-Class Br177 [2018 .. 2022]
    • • Mercedes-Benz B-Class W247 [2018 .. 2022]
    • • Audi A4 B9 [2015 .. 2020]
    • • Audi TT 8S [2014 .. 2019]
    • • Audi TT 8S Facelift [2019 .. 2022]
    • • Audi A3 8V Restyling [2016 .. 2020]
    • • Genesis G90 HI [2016 .. 2019]
    • • Genesis G90 HI Facelift [2018 .. 2022]
    • • Kia K900 RJ [2019 .. 2022]
    • • Audi Q2 GA [2016 .. 2022]
    • • Audi TT RS FV [2016 .. 2018]
    • • Audi TT RS FV Facelift [2019 .. 2022]
    • • Audi RS4 B9 [2017 .. 2019]
    • • Audi RS4 B9 Facelift [2019 .. 2022]
    • • Audi RS5 F5 [2017 .. 2022]
    • • BMW 5 Series VII (G30/G31) [2016 .. 2020]
    • • BMW 5 Series VII (G30/G31) Facelift [2020 .. 2022]
    • • BMW 7 Series VI (G11/G12) [2015 .. 2019]
    • • BMW 7 Series VI (G11/G12) Facelift [2019 .. 2022]
    • • BMW X2 F39 [2017 .. 2020]
    • • BMW X2 F39 Facelift [2020 .. 2022]
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Br204 [2008 .. 2014]
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Br205 [2015 .. 2022]
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Br212 Facelift [2013 .. 2016]
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Br213 [2017 .. 2020]
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Br213 Facelift [2020 .. 2022]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2011
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Oceania
Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 K117
  • Well-balanced performance
  • Great handling in the wet and in the dry
  • Low noise emission
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Compelling price/quality ratio.
  • Slightly delayed steering response

5th place — Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

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Dry Performance Handling Treadwear Comfort Wet Performance Price/Quality
  • Year Released: 2012
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
  • Excellent lateral stability, precise steering response, and generally adequate handling response on wet pavement
  • Good handling response and a short stopping distance on dry pavement
  • Excellent hydroplaning resistance
  • Compelling price/quality ratio
  • Increased rolling resistance

6th place Falken Azenis FK510

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Price/Quality Wet Performance Dry Performance Comfort Treadwear Handling Snow/Ice Performance
  • This tire replaced ⛔ Falken / FK453
  • Available Sizes in Line: 202
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi A1 GB [2018 .. 2021]
    • • Toyota Mirai II [2021 .. 2021]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Oceania
Falken Azenis FK510
  • Precise steering response, and generally adequate handling response on wet pavement
  • Excellent braking efficiency
  • Great riding comfort
  • Low price
  • Prone to understeer on dry pavement
  • Increased rolling resistance

7th place Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105

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Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105

Dry Performance Wet Performance Handling Treadwear Price/Quality Comfort
  • This tire has been replaced by Yokohama / ADVAN Sport V107
  • This tire has run-flat model:
    • ⛔ Yokohama / ADVAN Sport V105 ZPS
  • Available Sizes in Line: 156
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class AMG Br213 [2017 .. 2020]
    • • BMW X3 III (G01) [2017 .. 2020]
    • • Lotus Elise II Facelift [2010 .. 2020]
    • • BMW X4 G02 [2018 .. 2020]
    • • Subaru WRX STI VA Facelift [2018 .. 2020]
    • • Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
    • • Porsche Cayenne Typ 9Y0 (PO536) [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Audi TT S
    • • Audi TT RS
    • • BMW M5 VI (F90) [2017 .. 2020]
    • • Fiat 124 Spider 348 [2015 .. 2022]
    • • Mercedes-Benz A-Class W176 [2013 .. 2017]
    • • Mercedes-Benz B-Class W246 [2012 .. 2018]
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Br205 [2015 .. 2022]
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Br204 [2008 .. 2014]
    • • Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Br117 [2013 .. 2019]
    • • Mercedes-Benz S-Class W222 [2014 .. 2020]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SL-Class R231 [2013 .. 2022]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class R172 [2016 .. 2022]
    • • Porsche Boxster
    • • Mazda MX-5 Miata ND [2016 .. 2022]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class R172 [2011 .. 2022]
    • • Porsche 911 Typ 991 Facelift [2016 .. 2018]
    • • Porsche Cayman
    • • Porsche Panamera 970 Facelift [2013 .. 2016]
  • Year Released: 2012
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Oceania
Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105
  • Great handling in the wet and in the dry
  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Long braking distance on wet pavement
  • Increased rolling resistance
  • Average ride
  • High price

8th place Toyo Proxes Sport

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Dry Performance Handling Wet Performance Comfort Price/Quality Treadwear Snow/Ice Performance
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Oceania
Toyo Proxes Sport
  • Good hydroplaning resistance.
  • Short braking distance on dry pavement
  • Acceptable price
  • Average traction and prone to understeer in the wet and in the dry
  • Delayed steering response
  • Average riding comfort

9th place Nankang Sportnex NS-20

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Dry Performance Handling Comfort Price/Quality Wet Performance Snow/Ice Performance
  • Year Released: 2009
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, East Asia, Oceania
Nankang NS-20
  • Good hydroplaning resistance.
  • Low price
  • Dangerously long braking distance on wet and dry pavements
  • Poor handling and delayed steering response
  • High rolling resistance
  • Not recommended

10th place Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2

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Dry Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear Wet Performance
  • This tire has been replaced by Michelin / Pilot Sport Cup 2 R
  • Available Sizes in Line: 44
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Ferrari 488 Pista [2018 .. 2020]
    • • Porsche 911 Typ 991 [2011 .. 2015]
    • • Porsche 918 I [2013 .. 2015]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class AMG
    • • Ferrari 458 Speciale [2013 .. 2016]
    • • BMW M2 F87 Facelift [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Audi R8
    • • BMW M3
    • • BMW M4
    • • Ferrari California [2008 .. 2014]
    • • Ford Focus
    • • Ford GT
    • • Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Br190 [2014 .. 2021]
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG
    • • Porsche Cayman
    • • Renault Megane
    • • Volkswagen Golf
    • • Porsche 911 Typ 992 [2018 .. 2022]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2013
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Oceania
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2
  • Great handling response, precise steering response on dry pavement
  • Poor results on wet pavement
  • Poor hydroplaning resistance
  • Conditionally Recommended

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