Top Sports Tires 2020

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

Michelin Pilot Sport 4S test results
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.

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Snow/Ice Performance Dry Performance Price/Quality Wet Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Michelin / Pilot Super Sport
  • Available Sizes in Line: 195
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • BMW
    • • Mercedes-Benz
    • • Porsche
    • • Ferrari
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: Americas, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Oceania
Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

Continental SportContact 6

Continental SportContact 6 test results
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).

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Continental SportContact 6

Dry Performance Wet Performance Handling Comfort Price/Quality Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Continental / ContiSportContact 5
  • Available Sizes in Line: 160
  • 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
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2015
  • Regions for sale: Asia, Americas, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania
Continental SportContact 6

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport test results
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.

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Dry Performance Handling Wet Performance Comfort Treadwear
  • Available Sizes in Line: 65
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: Northern America, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Oceania
Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport

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

Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3 test results
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.

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Dry Performance Wet Performance Handling Treadwear Comfort
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Northern America, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Oceania
Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127

Bridgestone Potenza S001

Bridgestone Potenza S001 test results
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.

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Dry Performance Handling Wet Performance Price/Quality Comfort Treadwear Snow/Ice Performance
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Regions for sale: Asia, Americas, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Africa, Oceania
Bridgestone Potenza S001

Pirelli P Zero

Pirelli P Zero test results
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.

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Dry Performance Handling Price/Quality Wet Performance Comfort Treadwear Snow/Ice Performance
  • This tire has been replaced by Pirelli / P Zero (2016) , Pirelli / P Zero PZ4
  • This tire has run-flat model:
  • Available Sizes in Line: 321
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Ferrari Monza SP2 [2019 .. 2019]
    • • Ferrari Monza SP1 [2019 .. 2019]
    • • Lamborghini Urus [2018 .. 2020]
    • • BMW M5 VI [2017 .. 2020]
    • • BMW 3 Series V (E90/E91/E92/E93) [2005 .. 2010]
    • • BMW M6 F06/F12/F13 [2012 .. 2015]
    • • Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione 952 [2007 .. 2011]
    • • Alfa Romeo 4C 960 [2013 .. 2019]
    • • Aston Martin Vanquish VH [2011 .. 2018]
    • • Aston Martin Virage VH [2011 .. 2012]
    • • Aston Martin DB9 VH [2004 .. 2016]
    • • Aston Martin DBS VH [2007 .. 2012]
    • • Aston Martin Vantage N4 [2005 .. 2018]
    • • Audi A8 D3 [2002 .. 2009]
    • • Audi A7 4G8 [2010 .. 2015]
    • • Audi A6 C7 [2011 .. 2018]
    • • Audi RS5 8T/8F [2010 .. 2016]
    • • Audi S5 8T/8F [2007 .. 2016]
    • • Audi A5 8T/8F [2007 .. 2016]
    • • Audi RS4 B8 [2012 .. 2016]
    • • Audi A4 Allroad B8 [2009 .. 2015]
    • • Audi TT 8S [2014 .. 2019]
    • • Audi Q7 4L [2005 .. 2015]
    • • Audi Q5 8R [2007 .. 2016]
    • • Audi RS Q3 8U [2013 .. 2014]
    • • Bentley Mulsanne II [2009 .. 2016]
    • • Bentley Arnage I [1998 .. 2002]
    • • Bentley Arnage II [2002 .. 2009]
    • • Bentley Continental GT II [2011 .. 2018]
    • • Bentley Continental GT I [2003 .. 2011]
    • • Bentley Continental Flying Spur [2005 .. 2013]
    • • BMW 7 Series V (F01/F02/F03/F04) [2008 .. 2012]
    • • BMW 7 Series V (F01/F02/F03/F04) Facelift [2012 .. 2015]
    • • BMW 6 Series III (F06/F12/F13) [2011 .. 2015]
    • • BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo VI (F07) [2009 .. 2013]
    • • BMW M6 F06/F12/F13 [2012 .. 2015]
    • • BMW M5 V (F10) [2011 .. 2013]
    • • BMW 5 Series VI (F10/F11) [2009 .. 2013]
    • • BMW 4 Series F32/F33/F36 [2013 .. 2017]
    • • BMW 3 Series VI (F30/F31/F34) [2011 .. 2016]
    • • BMW M3 E90/E92/E93 [2007 .. 2013]
    • • BMW 2 Series Active Tourer F45 [2014 .. 2018]
    • • MINI Paceman R61 [2012 .. 2016]
    • • MINI Countryman R60 [2010 .. 2016]
    • • MINI Cooper F55/F56 [2014 .. 2021]
    • • Chevrolet Camaro V [2010 .. 2013]
    • • Dodge Challenger LC [2008 .. 2021]
    • • Dodge Viper VX1 [2013 .. 2017]
    • • Ferrari F12berlinetta [2012 .. 2017]
    • • Ferrari FF [2011 .. 2017]
    • • Ferrari 458 Italia [2009 .. 2015]
    • • Ferrari California T [2014 .. 2017]
    • • Ferrari California [2008 .. 2014]
    • • Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano [2006 .. 2012]
    • • Ferrari 612 Scaglietti [2004 .. 2011]
    • • Ford Mustang V Restyling [2010 .. 2014]
    • • Ford Mustang VI [2015 .. 2017]
    • • Ford Mustang Boss 302 [2012 .. 2013]
    • • Ford Mustang V [2005 .. 2009]
    • • Jaguar XE X760 [2015 .. 2019]
    • • Jaguar XK X150 [2006 .. 2015]
    • • Jaguar F-Type X152 [2012 .. 2017]
    • • Jaguar XJ X351 [2009 .. 2021]
    • • Jaguar XF X250 [2007 .. 2015]
    • • Lamborghini Aventador [2011 .. 2021]
    • • Lamborghini Huracan [2014 .. 2019]
    • • Lamborghini Gallardo [2003 .. 2008]
    • • Lincoln MKS Restyling [2013 .. 2016]
    • • Lotus Evora [2009 .. 2021]
    • • Maserati Quattroporte M156 [2013 .. 2016]
    • • Maserati Quattroporte M139 [2003 .. 2012]
    • • Maserati Ghibli M157 [2013 .. 2021]
    • • Maserati GranTurismo S [2008 .. 2012]
    • • Maserati GranTurismo [2007 .. 2016]
    • • Maserati GranCabrio [2010 .. 2017]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SL-Class R230 Facelift [2009 .. 2012]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG R230 Facelift [2009 .. 2012]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SL-Class R230 [2001 .. 2008]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG R230 [2001 .. 2008]
    • • Mercedes-Benz S-Class W222 [2014 .. 2021]
    • • Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG W221 [2006 .. 2013]
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Br212 [2009 .. 2012]
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class AMG Br212 [2009 .. 2012]
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Br211 [2002 .. 2008]
    • • Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Br209 [2003 .. 2010]
    • • Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class AMG Br209 [2003 .. 2010]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class R172 [2011 .. 2021]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class AMG R172 [2011 .. 2021]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class R171 [2004 .. 2010]
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Br204 [2008 .. 2014]
    • • Mercedes-Benz CLC-Class CL203 [2008 .. 2011]
    • • Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class AMG Br117 [2013 .. 2019]
    • • Mercedes-Benz A-Class W176 [2013 .. 2017]
    • • Mercedes-Benz GL-Class AMG X166 [2013 .. 2016]
    • • Mercedes-Benz M-Class AMG W166 [2011 .. 2015]
    • • Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class X204 [2008 .. 2012]
    • • Opel Insignia OPC A [2009 .. 2013]
    • • Opel Astra OPC J [2011 .. 2018]
    • • Porsche Panamera 970 [2009 .. 2013]
    • • Porsche Panamera 970 Facelift [2013 .. 2016]
    • • Porsche 911 Typ 991 [2011 .. 2015]
    • • Porsche 911 Typ 997 [2004 .. 2012]
    • • Porsche Boxster Typ 981 [2012 .. 2017]
    • • Porsche Cayman Typ 987c [2005 .. 2013]
    • • Porsche Boxster Typ 987 [2005 .. 2012]
    • • Porsche Cayman Typ 981c [2013 .. 2016]
    • • Porsche Cayenne Typ 92A [2010 .. 2014]
    • • Seat Leon 1P [2005 .. 2012]
    • • Skoda Octavia 5E [2013 .. 2017]
    • • Volvo V40 Cross Country P1 [2012 .. 2017]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2007
  • Regions for sale: Eastern Asia, Americas, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Oceania
Pirelli P Zero

Toyo Proxes Sport

Toyo Proxes Sport test results
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.

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Dry Performance Price/Quality Handling Wet Performance Comfort Treadwear Snow/Ice Performance
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: Asia, Northern America, Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Oceania
Toyo Proxes Sport

Other manufacturers

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.