Consumer Reports: Ultra High Performance Summer Tires 2020

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 4S - Winner Recommended
    Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
    86 71
    Passenger · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    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  
    Americas Americas · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    76
  2. Continental ExtremeContact Sport Recommended
    Continental ExtremeContact Sport
    85 44
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    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  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America
    Test Score:
    75
  3. General G-Max RS Recommended
    General G-Max RS
    80 25
    Passenger · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    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  
    Americas Americas
    Test Score:
    75
  4. Pirelli P Zero PZ4
    Pirelli P Zero PZ4
    71 39
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    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  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    73
  5. Falken Azenis FK510
    Falken Azenis FK510
    79 60
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    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  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    73
  6. Yokohama ADVAN Fleva V701
    Yokohama ADVAN Fleva V701
    69 31
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    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  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    72
  7. GT Radial Champiro HPY
    GT Radial Champiro HPY
    68 16
    Passenger · Summer · 2010 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    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  
    Asia Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Sub-Saharan Africa Sub-Saharan Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    71
  8. Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
    Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
    77 49
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    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  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    71
  9. Firestone Firehawk Indy 500
    Firestone Firehawk Indy 500
    80 41
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    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  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Americas Americas · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    70
  10. Hankook Ventus V12 evo2 K120
    Hankook Ventus V12 evo2 K120
    77 26
    Passenger · Summer · 2014 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    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  
    Asia Asia · Americas Americas · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    70
  11. Bridgestone Potenza S007A
    Bridgestone Potenza S007A
    76 44
    Passenger · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Extreme Performance Summer
    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  
    Asia Asia · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Middle East & North Africa Middle East & North Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    67
  12. Bridgestone Potenza S001
    Bridgestone Potenza S001
    71 41
    Passenger · Summer · 2010 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    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  
    Asia Asia · Americas Americas · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Africa Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    67
  13. Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R
    Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R
    73 44
    Passenger · Summer · 2014 · Passenger - Extreme Performance Summer
    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  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    67
  14. Nexen N'Fera SU1
    Nexen N'Fera SU1
    76 18
    Passenger · Summer · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    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  
    Asia Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    66
  15. Toyo Proxes Sport
    Toyo Proxes Sport
    68 47
    Passenger · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

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

    Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Handling   Hydroplaning   Noise   Ride Comfort  
    Asia Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    66
  16. Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105
    Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105
    73 27
    Passenger · Summer · 2012 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Excellent dry braking and hydroplaning resistance. Relatively poor scores for ride comfort and rolling resistance.

    Dry Braking   Hydroplaning   Noise   Handling   Rolling Resistance   Ride Comfort  
    Asia Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    65
  17. Sumitomo HTR Z III
    Sumitomo HTR Z III
    72 21
    Passenger · Summer · 2007 · Passenger - Max Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Excellent dry braking and hydroplaning resistance. Fair ride comfort and rolling resistance are typical of ultra high performance summer tires.

    Dry Braking   Hydroplaning   Handling   Rolling Resistance   Ride Comfort  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    63
  18. Yokohama S.Drive
    Yokohama S.Drive
    71 22
    Passenger · Summer · 2005 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Excellent dry braking and hydroplaning resistance. Fair ride comfort and rolling resistance are typical of ultra high performance summer tires.

    Dry Braking   Hydroplaning   Rolling Resistance   Ride Comfort  
    Asia Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    60
  19. Achilles ATR Sport
    Achilles ATR Sport
    73 20
    Passenger · All Season · Passenger - Ultra High Performance All-Season
    Verdict:

    Impressive hydroplaning resistance. Fair ride comfort is typical of ultra high performance summer tires.

    Dry Braking   Hydroplaning   Noise   Ride Comfort  
    Asia Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    59
  20. BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp-2
    BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp-2
    75 29
    Passenger · Summer · 2012 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Excellent braking and hydroplaning resistance. Just fair stopping grip on wet roads, and fair ride comfort and noise. High rolling resistance can impact fuel economy.

    Dry Braking   Hydroplaning   Handling   Noise   Rolling Resistance   Ride Comfort   Wet Braking  
    Americas Americas · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    58
  21. Nitto NT555 G2
    Nitto NT555 G2
    77 30
    Passenger · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Impressive hydroplaning resistance and long wearing tire. Fair wet braking and ride comfort. High rolling resistance can impact fuel economy.

    Noise   Dry Braking   Hydroplaning   Rolling Resistance   Ride Comfort   Wet Braking  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    58
  22. Armstrong BLU-TRAC HP
    Armstrong BLU-TRAC HP
    N/A 18
    Passenger · All Season · 2017 · Passenger - Passenger All-Season
    Verdict:

    Excellent dry braking and hydroplaning resistance. Fair ride comfort is typical of ultra high performance summer tires.

    Dry Braking   Hydroplaning   Noise   Ride Comfort  
    Northern America Northern America
    Test Score:
    57
Year
2020
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
215/60R18
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Northern America
Date added
Sep 22, 2019
Date updated
Oct 25, 2020