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
    87 75
    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  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    76
  2. Continental ExtremeContact Sport Recommended
    Continental ExtremeContact Sport
    84 46
    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  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    75
  3. General G-Max RS Recommended
    General G-Max RS
    80 27
    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  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America
    Test Score:
    75
  4. Pirelli P Zero PZ4
    Pirelli P Zero PZ4
    76 56
    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  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    73
  5. Falken Azenis FK510
    Falken Azenis FK510
    81 59
    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  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    73
  6. Yokohama ADVAN Fleva V701
    Yokohama ADVAN Fleva V701
    71 33
    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  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · East Asia East Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    72
  7. GT Radial Champiro HPY
    GT Radial Champiro HPY
    70 20
    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  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · South Africa South Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    71
  8. Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
    Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
    76 53
    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  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    71
  9. Firestone Firehawk Indy 500
    Firestone Firehawk Indy 500
    82 46
    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  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    70
  10. Hankook Ventus V12 evo2 K120
    Hankook Ventus V12 evo2 K120
    78 30
    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  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East
    Test Score:
    70
  11. Bridgestone Potenza S007A
    Bridgestone Potenza S007A
    73 47
    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  
    Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · North Africa North Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    67
  12. Bridgestone Potenza S001
    Bridgestone Potenza S001
    71 45
    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  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Africa Africa · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    67
  13. Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R
    Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R
    73 48
    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  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · East Asia East Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    67
  14. Nexen N'Fera SU1
    Nexen N'Fera SU1
    79 23
    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  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    66
  15. Toyo Proxes Sport
    Toyo Proxes Sport
    70 50
    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  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    66
  16. Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105
    Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105
    72 30
    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  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    65
  17. Sumitomo HTR Z III
    Sumitomo HTR Z III
    75 23
    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  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    63
  18. Yokohama S.Drive
    Yokohama S.Drive
    71 28
    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  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East
    Test Score:
    60
  19. Achilles ATR Sport
    Achilles ATR Sport
    73 27
    Passenger · Summer · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

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

    Dry Braking   Hydroplaning   Noise   Ride Comfort  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East
    Test Score:
    59
  20. BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp-2
    BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp-2
    75 32
    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  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    58
  21. Nitto NT555 G2
    Nitto NT555 G2
    78 33
    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  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    58
  22. Armstrong BLU-TRAC HP
    Armstrong BLU-TRAC HP
    N/A 26
    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  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada
    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
North America
Date added
Sep 22, 2019
Date updated
Oct 25, 2020

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