Sportauto: Summer Tire Test for Sportcars R19 2021

Sportauto: Summer Tire Test for Sportcars R19

The German motoring magazine tested summer tires, designed for such sports cars as BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra.

For its next tire test, the German publication Sportauto chose summer tires in sizes 255/35ZR19 and 275/35ZR19, the OEM tire sizes for Toyota Supra and BMW Z4. In such a combination of tires, the publication’s experts managed to find only eight options belonging to various price brackets, ranging from the premium Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S to the much more democratically priced Nankang model; the test also involved a new model of the season from Bridgestone named Potenza Sport, which has already scored first place in the 20-inch tire test, conducted by Auto Bild Sportscars magazine.

  1. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S - Winner Recommended
    Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
    87 77
    · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: Very short braking distances on wet and dry asphalt. High grip level. Very direct steering response and very high steering precision in dry handling. Low rolling resistance.
    Negative: Very narrow border area with a still easily controllable oversteer tendency in wet conditions. Slight restrictions in ride comfort.

    Dry Braking   Lateral Stability   Rolling Resistance   Dry Handling   Dry Handling (Subjective)   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Outside Noise   Lateral Aquaplaning   Steering Response (Subjective)   Elk Test  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    9.1
  2. Bridgestone Potenza Sport Recommended
    Bridgestone Potenza Sport
    93 48
    · Summer · 2021 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: Very high grip level on wet and especially on dry roads. Direct steering response and high steering precision in dry handling.
    Negative: Somewhat sensitive to load changes in the wet. Increased risk of aquaplaning when cornering. Increased rolling resistance.

    Dry Braking   Lateral Stability   Dry Handling   Comfort / Cabin Noise   Dry Handling (Subjective)   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Steering Response (Subjective)   Elk Test   Wet Handling (Subjective)  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada
    Test Score:
    9
  3. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 Recommended
    Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
    88 60
    · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: Extremely good-natured, easily controllable tire in the wet. Forgiving and yet active in dry handling. Low rolling resistance. High driving stability. Decent ride comfort.
    Negative: Little dynamic steering response. Slightly increased rolling noise.

    Dry Braking   Lateral Stability   Rolling Resistance   Dry Handling   Comfort / Cabin Noise   Dry Handling (Subjective)   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Lateral Aquaplaning   Steering Response (Subjective)   Elk Test   Wet Handling (Subjective)  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · China China · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    8.5
  4. Continental SportContact 6 Recommended
    Continental SportContact 6
    84 59
    · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: With the exception of the slightly longer braking distances at a slightly reduced grip level, balanced performance on both wet and dry asphalt. Very low rolling resistance. Good ride comfort.
    Negative: Small deficits in wet braking.

    Dry Braking   Lateral Stability   Rolling Resistance   Dry Handling   Comfort / Cabin Noise   Dry Handling (Subjective)   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Handling   Outside Noise   Lateral Aquaplaning   Steering Response (Subjective)   Elk Test   Wet Handling (Subjective)  
    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 · South Africa South Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    8.2
  5. Falken Azenis FK510 Recommended
    Falken Azenis FK510
    81 59
    · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: With the exception of a small corner aquaplaning weakness, good to very good wet properties.
    Negative: Sluggish steering reactions and reduced cornering stability dry. Slight restrictions in ride comfort. Slightly increased rolling resistance.

    Dry Braking   Lateral Stability   Dry Handling (Subjective)   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Outside Noise   Elk Test   Wet Handling (Subjective)  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    8.1
  6. Maxxis Victra Sport 5 VS5
    Maxxis Victra Sport 5 VS5
    75 45
    · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good braking performance wet and dry. With restrictions in cornering speeds, safe, easily controllable understeer tendency in dry handling.
    Negative: Narrow border area when wet. Slight deficits in aquaplaning protection.

    Dry Braking   Lateral Stability   Rolling Resistance   Comfort / Cabin Noise   Wet Braking   Elk Test  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    7.9
  7. Nankang AS-2+
    Nankang AS-2+
    70 39
    · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: Largely safe in the wet, mostly understeering driving behavior with a reduced grip level. Excellent aquaplaning safety.
    Negative: Little sporty driving behavior with sluggish articulation, poor steering precision and poor grip. Comparatively long braking distances and poor cornering grip in the wet.

    Rolling Resistance   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Handling   Outside Noise   Lateral Aquaplaning   Wet Handling (Subjective)   Dry Braking   Dry Handling (Subjective)  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    5.7
  8. Toyo Proxes Sport A
    Toyo Proxes Sport A
    69 35
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: Largely balanced performance at a reduced grip level. Proper aquaplaning safety.
    Negative: Limited steering precision and slightly increased tendency to oversteer in dry corners. Significantly longer braking distances dry.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Wet Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    5.1
Year
2021
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
10
Tire Size
255/35R19
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Apr 09, 2021
Date updated
Apr 29, 2021

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