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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Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

Price/Quality Wet Performance Dry Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear Snow/Ice Performance
  • This tire replaced Michelin / Pilot Super Sport
  • Available Sizes in Line: 218
  • 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 [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Cadillac CT5-V GM Alpha [2020 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, Japan, South Korea, Middle East, Africa, 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 Handling Wet Performance Comfort Price/Quality Treadwear
  • This tire has been replaced by Continental / SportContact 7
  • This tire replaced Continental / ContiSportContact 5
  • Available Sizes in Line: 171
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi A4 B9 [2015 .. 2020]
    • • Audi A4 B8 Facelift [2011 .. 2016]
    • • Audi R8 42 [2007 .. 2016]
    • • Audi R8 4S [2015 .. 2018]
    • • Honda Civic IX (FB/FG) [2011 .. 2016]
    • • Honda Civic X (FC) [2016 .. 2019]
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Br212 Facelift [2013 .. 2016]
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Br213 [2017 .. 2020]
    • • Honda Civic Type R
    • • Audi SQ8 4MN [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Audi TT 8S Facelift [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Audi Q8 4MN [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Mazda CX-5 KF [2016 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 3 Series VII (G20/G21) [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Mercedes-Benz A-Class AMG W177 [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Audi RS Q3 F3 [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Br205 [2015 .. 2021]
    • • Audi RS5 F5 [2017 .. 2019]
    • • Volvo S60 III [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace AD/BW [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Opel Insignia B Facelift [2020 .. 2023]
    • • BMW M2 F87 Facelift [2017 .. 2021]
    • • Skoda Octavia Mk3 A7 (5E) Facelift [2017 .. 2020]
    • • Porsche Boxster III (981) [2012 .. 2017]
    • • Audi RS3 8V [2015 .. 2016]
    • • BMW M4 G82/G83 [2021 .. 2023]
    • • Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Br190 [2014 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2015
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, 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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Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport

Dry Performance Handling Wet Performance Comfort Treadwear
  • Available Sizes in Line: 88
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Cupra Formentor [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Porsche 911 IX (992) [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk8 (CD1) [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Lotus
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+, China, Southeast Asia, South Africa, 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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Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127

Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance Handling Comfort Treadwear
  • This tire has been replaced by Hankook / Ventus S1 evo3 EV K127E
  • This tire replaced Hankook / Ventus S1 evo2 K117
  • Available Sizes in Line: 205
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi RS6 C8 [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Audi RS7 C8 [2019 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 3 Series VII (G20/G21) [2018 .. 2023]
    • • BMW Z4 III (G29) [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Audi S3 8V [2013 .. 2016]
    • • Audi S3 8V Facelift [2016 .. 2020]
    • • Audi S3 8Y [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Tesla Model 3 [2017 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 2 Series F44 [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Porsche Boxster III (981) [2012 .. 2017]
    • • Porsche Cayman II (981) [2013 .. 2016]
    • • MINI Cooper F55/F56 [2014 .. 2021]
    • • MINI Cooper F55/F56 Facelift II [2021 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 2 Series Active Tourer F45 Facelift [2018 .. 2021]
    • • BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer F46 Facelift [2018 .. 2023]
    • • BMW 5 Series VII (G30/G31) [2016 .. 2020]
    • • Audi A1 citycarver GB [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Volkswagen Golf Mk8 (CD1) [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Mercedes-Benz S-Class W223 [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk8 (CD1) [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Volkswagen Golf R Mk8 (CD1) [2020 .. 2023]
    • • BMW i4 G26 [2021 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+, China, South Korea, Middle East, 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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Bridgestone Potenza S001

Dry Performance Handling Price/Quality Comfort Wet Performance Treadwear Snow/Ice Performance
  • This tire has been replaced by Bridgestone / Potenza Sport
  • This tire replaced Bridgestone / Potenza RE050
  • This tire has run-flat model:
  • Available Sizes in Line: 90
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Renault Megane IV (9A) [2016 .. 2022]
    • • Ferrari 458 Italia
    • • Aston Martin Rapide
    • • Audi RS5
    • • Alfa Romeo Giulia 952 [2015 .. 2023]
    • • BMW i8 [2013 .. 2018]
    • • BMW i8 Facelift [2018 .. 2020]
    • • Lexus LFA A10 [2010 .. 2012]
    • • Skoda Superb
    • • Opel Astra
    • • Opel Insignia
    • • Mazda MX-5
    • • Ford Galaxy
    • • BMW 7 Series
    • • Audi A6
    • • Audi RS6
    • • Audi RS7
    • • Audi TT
    • • Audi A4
    • • Audi Q2 GA [2016 .. 2020]
    • • Audi A7
    • • Audi A1
    • • Audi S1 8X [2014 .. 2018]
    • • Audi A5
    • • Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    • • Porsche Boxster
    • • Porsche Cayman
    • • Ferrari FF [2011 .. 2017]
    • • Volkswagen Golf
    • • Volvo S60
    • • Volvo V60
    • • BMW 1 Series
    • • BMW 3 Series
    • • Mitsubishi Mirage
    • • Ford S-MAX
    • • Volkswagen Polo
    • • Opel Meriva
    • • BMW 4 Series
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    • • Fiat 124 Spider 348 [2015 .. 2020]
    • • Infiniti Q60
    • • Kia Stinger
    • • Lexus LC Z100 [2017 .. 2023]
    • • Nissan Sentra
    • • Nissan Tiida
    • • Opel Zafira Tourer C [2011 .. 2016]
    • • Seat Ateca
    • • Volkswagen T-Roc I (A11/AC7) [2017 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, 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 Comfort Wet Performance Snow/Ice Performance Treadwear
  • This tire has been replaced by ⛔ Pirelli / P Zero (2016) , Pirelli / P Zero PZ4
  • This tire has run-flat model:
  • Available Sizes in Line: 279
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Ferrari Monza SP2 [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Ferrari Monza SP1 [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Lamborghini Urus [2018 .. 2023]
    • • BMW M5 VI (F90) [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 .. 2020]
    • • Aston Martin Vanquish VH [2011 .. 2018]
    • • Aston Martin Virage VH [2011 .. 2012]
    • • Aston Martin DB9 VH [2004 .. 2016]
    • • Aston Martin DBS VH [2007 .. 2012]
    • • 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 .. 2012]
    • • Audi A5 8T/8F [2007 .. 2016]
    • • Audi RS4 B8 [2012 .. 2016]
    • • Audi A4 Allroad B8 [2009 .. 2011]
    • • 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 I Facelift [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 .. 2023]
    • • 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 Facelift [2010 .. 2014]
    • • Ford Mustang VI (S550) [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 .. 2011]
    • • Lamborghini Aventador [2011 .. 2023]
    • • Lamborghini Huracan [2014 .. 2019]
    • • Lamborghini Gallardo [2003 .. 2008]
    • • Lincoln MKS Facelift [2013 .. 2016]
    • • Lotus Evora [2009 .. 2023]
    • • Maserati Quattroporte VI (M156) [2013 .. 2016]
    • • Maserati Quattroporte V (M139) [2003 .. 2008]
    • • Maserati Ghibli M157 [2013 .. 2020]
    • • Maserati GranTurismo S [2008 .. 2012]
    • • Maserati GranTurismo [2007 .. 2016]
    • • Maserati GranCabrio [2010 .. 2017]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SL-Class R230 Facelift [2008 .. 2012]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG R230 Facelift [2008 .. 2012]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SL-Class R230 [2001 .. 2008]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG R230 [2001 .. 2008]
    • • Mercedes-Benz S-Class W222 [2013 .. 2020]
    • • Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG W221 [2006 .. 2013]
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Br212 [2009 .. 2013]
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class AMG Br212 [2009 .. 2013]
    • • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Br211 [2002 .. 2009]
    • • Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Br209 [2003 .. 2010]
    • • Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class AMG Br209 [2003 .. 2010]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class R172 [2011 .. 2016]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class AMG R172 [2011 .. 2016]
    • • Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class R171 [2004 .. 2011]
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Br204 [2008 .. 2015]
    • • 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 I (970) [2009 .. 2013]
    • • Porsche Panamera I (970) Facelift [2013 .. 2016]
    • • Porsche 911 VIII (991) [2011 .. 2015]
    • • Porsche 911 VII (997) [2004 .. 2012]
    • • Porsche Boxster III (981) [2012 .. 2017]
    • • Porsche Cayman I (987) [2005 .. 2013]
    • • Porsche Boxster II (987) [2005 .. 2012]
    • • Porsche Cayman II (981) [2013 .. 2016]
    • • Porsche Cayenne II (92A) [2010 .. 2014]
    • • Seat Leon 1P [2005 .. 2012]
    • • Skoda Octavia Mk3 A7 (5E) [2013 .. 2017]
    • • Volvo V40 Cross Country I [2012 .. 2017]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2007
  • Regions for sale: North America, Central & South America, Europe, Russia+, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, 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 Handling Wet Performance Comfort Price/Quality Treadwear Snow/Ice Performance
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, 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.