Consumer Reports: Ultra High Performance Summer Tires 2019

Summer UHP tires are not intended for cold weather and won't grip in snowy or icy conditions. And like all-season ultra-high-performance tires these tires deliver the ultimate dry and wet grip and handling. Size tested: 215/60R18.

  1. Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S - Winner Recommended
    Verdict:

    Top rated ultra high performance summer tire. The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 s excels at dry braking, handling, and hydroplaning resistance. Fair ride comfort and rolling resistance are typical of ultra high performance summer tires.

    Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Hydroplaning   Handling   Noise   Rolling Resistance   Ride Comfort  
    Test Score:
    76
    85 65
  2. Continental ExtremeContact Sport Recommended
    Verdict:

    A high scoring ultra high performance summer tire. The Continental ExtremeContact Sport has excellent dry braking, handling, and hydroplaning resistance performance. A very quiet tire, too. Stiff ride is typical of many ultra high performance summer tires.

    Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Hydroplaning   Handling   Noise   Ride Comfort  
    Test Score:
    75
    86 38
  3. General G-Max RS Recommended
    Verdict:

    The General G-Max RS is a high scoring ultra high performance summer tire, excelling in dry braking and hydroplaning resistance. Long tread life relative to competing models. Stiff ride is typical of many ultra high performance summer tires.

    Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Hydroplaning   Handling   Noise   Ride Comfort  
    Test Score:
    75
    82 27
  4. Pirelli P Zero PZ4
    Verdict:

    The Pirelli PZero PZ4 excels in dry braking, handling, and hydroplaning resistance and is a very quiet tire, but has relatively short tread life. Stiff ride and fair rolling resistance is typical of many ultra high performance summer tires.

    Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Hydroplaning   Handling   Noise   Rolling Resistance   Ride Comfort  
    Test Score:
    73
    71 39
  5. Falken Azenis FK510
    Verdict:

    The Falken Azenis FK510 has excellent performance in the areas of dry braking, hydroplaning resistance and quietness. Stiff ride and fair rolling resistance is typical of many ultra high performance summer tires.

    Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Hydroplaning   Handling   Noise   Rolling Resistance   Ride Comfort  
    Test Score:
    73
    79 55
  6. Yokohama ADVAN Fleva V701
    Verdict:

    The Yokohama Advan Fleva V701 offers a good balance track performance and long tread life. Stiff ride.

    Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Handling   Hydroplaning   Noise   Ride Comfort  
    Test Score:
    72
    70 24
  7. GT Radial Champiro HPY
    Verdict:

    Relatively inexpensive, but the GT Radial holds its own with outstanding dry braking, hydroplaning resistance, quietness. Stiff ride and fair rolling resistance is typical of many ultra high performance summer tires.

    Dry Braking   Handling   Hydroplaning   Noise   Rolling Resistance   Ride Comfort  
    Test Score:
    71
    66 18
  8. Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
    Verdict:

    The Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 has strong dry braking and hydroplaning resistance performance. Good ride comfort is a rarity among ultra high performance summer tires.

    Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Handling   Hydroplaning   Noise   Rolling Resistance   Ride Comfort  
    Test Score:
    71
    78 42
  9. Firestone Firehawk Indy 500
    Verdict:

    The Firestone Indy 500 excels in dry braking and hydroplaning resistance. With very good handling and tread noise. Stiff ride and rolling resistance is typical of many ultra high performance summer tires.

    Dry Braking   Handling   Hydroplaning   Noise   Rolling Resistance   Ride Comfort  
    Test Score:
    70
    82 43
  10. Hankook Ventus V12 evo2 K120
    Verdict:

    The Hankook Ventus V12 evo2 excels in dry braking and hydroplaning resistance. With very good handling and tread noise. Stiff ride is typical of many ultra high performance summer tires.

    Dry Braking   Handling   Hydroplaning   Noise   Ride Comfort  
    Test Score:
    70
    77 26
  11. Bridgestone Potenza S007A
    Verdict:

    The Bridgestone Potenza S007a has excellent dry braking and hydroplaning resistance, but a noticeably stiff ride.

    Dry Braking   Handling   Hydroplaning   Noise   Rolling Resistance   Ride Comfort  
    Test Score:
    67
    76 44
  12. Bridgestone Potenza S001
    Verdict:

    The Bridgestone Potenza S001 has excellent dry braking and hydroplaning resistance. Stiff ride and fair rolling resistance is typical of many ultra high performance summer tires.

    Dry Braking   Handling   Hydroplaning   Rolling Resistance   Ride Comfort  
    Test Score:
    67
    70 36
  13. Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R
    Verdict:

    The Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R has excellent dry braking and handling, but a relatively short tread life and fair rolling resistance and tread noise.

    Dry Braking   Handling   Hydroplaning   Rolling Resistance   Ride Comfort   Noise  
    Test Score:
    67
    73 44
  14. Nexen N'Fera SU1
    Verdict:

    Ranks about mid-pack among tested ultra high performance summer tires, the Nexen N'Fera SU1 excels at dry braking and hydroplaning resistance.

    Dry Braking   Handling   Hydroplaning   Noise   Ride Comfort  
    Test Score:
    66
    72 18
  15. Toyo Proxes Sport
    Verdict:

    The Toyo Proxes Sport has strong braking and handling performance. Stiff ride.

    Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Handling   Hydroplaning   Noise   Ride Comfort  
    Test Score:
    66
    65 41
Year
2019
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
100
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Northern America
Date added
Sep 22, 2019
Date updated
Feb 27, 2020