The owners of powerful cars sometimes complain that there is too little information about the real UHP tires out there… and they are right! Regretfully, this segment is tested much less frequently than 4×4. This is why, special for this review, we gathered all of the tire tests of the REAL SPORT segment over the period 2018–2019! Forget about fuel efficiency and ride comfort — these are rough tires meant to eat up your gasoline!
Behold now — TOP3, the tires that scored at least one GOLDEN PRIZE, i.e. the first place at least in one independent test.
Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
It is not quite clear what makes the Pilot Sport 4 different from the 4S, but it is quite obvious that, while the basic model barely outperforms its rivals, catching up with the 4S is next to impossible. Regardless of what tires are involved in the test, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S will not only make the top three, but also is very likely to snatch the first prize.
Continental SportContact 6
Who is surprised to see the model from this tire maker in this list? Right, nobody! These German tires are real beasts, regardless of the discipline that they perform in (well, they may have just a couple of issues in the 4×4 segment so far).
- This tire replaced Continental / ContiSportContact 5
- Available Sizes in Line: 160
Original Equipment (OE) tires
- Year Released: 2015
- Regions for sale: Asia, Americas, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania
Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport
I have mixed feelings about Goodyear because, while this company produces rather average models for the mass market, its sports tires are definitely up to the mark. Still, out of these three, Goodyear comes last, with competitors breathing down its neck.
That wraps it up for the top three! All the other models never achieved such dizzying heights over the recent years.
Considering the comments from the previous reviews, I can quickly go over some other tire brands that never made it to the TOP 3.
Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3
In such tests, Hankook is usually presented by the Ventus S1 model of different generations. However, these tires are just average, no more, no less.
Bridgestone Potenza S001
In European tire tests, Bridgestone has always been represented by the Potenza model (S001 and S007) without achieving any significant success — one bronze and a couple of places well below the fourth line of the tournament bracket. At the same time, the Europeans never tested the Adrenaline series — possibly, these tires were never presented in Europe.
- Year Released: 2010
- Regions for sale: Asia, Americas, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Africa, Oceania
Pirelli P Zero
Pirelli only took part in one test with its P Zero model — scoring the 4th place. Regretfully, now this model is only good for scaring the segment of comfort or economy tires. But then again, you probably won’t get away with even that if the Continental PremiumContact 6 is around.
- Year Released: 2007
- Regions for sale: Eastern Asia, Americas, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Oceania
Toyo Proxes Sport
The Toyo Proxes Sport is the infallible loser of the sports segment. To be quite frank, Toyo never rose any higher than the bottom.
Yokohama and Kumho participate in this either very little or very poorly.
Nobody ever heard about Nokian sports tires, PERIOD! It never ceases to amaze me that, while there are quite a few Finnish pilots out there who won gold in the car races, there are no sports tires from the world’s northernmost manufacturer.
Nankang and other Asian «tigers» are essentially pure junk — they are only good for demonstrating the enormity of the technological gap between the leaders of the industry and «other tire makers».
That wraps it up for my review. Not sensational, come right down to it.