Evo: UHP Summer Tire Test R18 2021

Evo: UHP Summer Tire Test R18

In December, Britain’s magazine Evo published the results of its next test of summer tires, which may come in handy for those who are looking for a set of sports tires for the upcoming season. This time around, the tires were tested in size 225/40ZR18. The tires featured a reinforced construction (all of them had an XL sign), and belonged to various price brackets ranging from «premium» to «economy». The tests were performed in standard disciplines such as dry and wet braking; the tires were also subjectively rated for feedback through the wheel, cabin noise, etc.

  1. Pirelli P Zero PZ4 - Winner Recommended
    Pirelli P Zero PZ4
    81 63
    · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Excellent handling response on dry and wet pavement combined with a smooth ride. Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement. Excellent lateral stability in the wet. High rolling resistance.

    Wet Braking   Lateral Stability   Dry Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    North America North America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Middle East Middle East · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    96
  2. Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport
    Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport
    77 67
    · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Good handling response and a short stopping distance on wet and dry pavement alike. Excellent lateral stability in the wet. A little noisy on some types of surfaces. High rolling resistance.

    Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Lateral Stability   Rolling Resistance   Noise  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · China China · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · South Africa South Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    94.9
  3. Bridgestone Potenza Sport
    Bridgestone Potenza Sport
    82 69
    · Summer · 2021 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Good handling response and a short stopping distance on wet and dry pavement alike. Excellent lateral stability in the wet. Good hydroplaning resistance. Poor riding comfort. High noise emission. High rolling resistance.

    Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Lateral Stability   Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance   Noise  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    92.8
  4. Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
    Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
    76 55
    · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Excellent hydroplaning resistance. Good handling response in the dry. Great riding comfort. Long braking distance on wet and dry pavements.

    Dry Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Comfort   Wet Braking   Dry Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    92.6
  5. Michelin Pilot Sport 4
    Michelin Pilot Sport 4
    82 69
    · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement. Low rolling resistance. Insufficient handling response in the wet.

    Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Dry Handling   Wet Handling  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Africa Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    91.5
  6. GT Radial SportActive 2
    GT Radial SportActive 2
    N/A 31
    · Summer · 2021 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Excellent hydroplaning resistance. Great handling response in the wet. Insufficient handling response in the dry. Long braking distance on wet and dry pavements.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Dry Braking  
    Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · South Africa South Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    90.4
  7. Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127
    Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 K127
    80 58
    · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Short braking distance on wet and dry pavement. Low rolling resistance. The tire falls short of some of the rivals in terms of dry and wet handling. Poor hydroplaning resistance.

    Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Dry Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · China China · South Korea South Korea · Middle East Middle East · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    89.7
  8. Continental PremiumContact 6
    Continental PremiumContact 6
    88 74
    · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Low rolling resistance. Inferior to most of the competitors in terms of dry and wet handling response (this has to do with the fact that this is a «comfort» tire, and not a «sport» one like the rest).

    Rolling Resistance   Dry Handling   Wet Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · Middle East Middle East · Africa Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    88.3
  9. Triangle SporteX TH201
    Triangle SporteX TH201
    N/A 31
    · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance All-Season
    Verdict:

    Attractive price. Poor handling performance and long braking distances on dry and wet pavement. Poor hydroplaning resistance. Low riding comfort.

    Price   Wet Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Stability   Dry Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    79.8
Year
2021
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
225/40R18
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Feb 23, 2022
Date updated
Mar 10, 2022

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