On the eve of each tire changing season, lots of independent publications start publishing the results of the tire tests they conducted. As a result, we get all kinds of rankings that cover dry and wet braking, hydroplaning resistance, durability, and other things.
What is rarely covered, however, is the tread life or the expected mileage.
This omission is due to the fact that such tests are pretty complex and expensive to conduct. And, at the same time, the results are often far from accurate.
Last year, the first company to conduct such a test was Germany’s motoring club ADAC that tested sports ultra-high-performance summer tires in size 225/40 R18.
List of models tested:
- Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
- Toyo Proxes Sport
- Sava Intensa UHP 2
- Rotalla Setula S-Pace RU01
- Pirelli P Zero PZ4
- Nokian Powerproof
- Nexen N’Fera Sport
- Michelin Pilot Sport 4
- Maxxis Victra Sport 5
- Kumho Ecsta PS71
- Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127
- Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
- Falken Azenis FK510
- Cooper Zeon CS Sport
- Continental PremiumContact 6
- Bridgestone Potenza S001
The tires were tested in accordance with the following method: the cars drove about 15,000 kilometers down public roads, after which the potential total mileage was determined. Of course, there is a certain margin of error in this test, but since any tire test can be considered conditional, this test still reflects the general picture.
Here are the potential mileage results in kilometers:
Tire ranking based on tread life
Info! Treadwear, km.
Based on these data, we can safely highlight the TOP-3 tires with the longest tread life.