2019 Auto Bild Sports Car Tyre Test

Test Summary
Wet BrakingPirelli P Zero PZ4: 46.7 M
Toyo Proxes Sport: 56.2 M
Dry BrakingPirelli P Zero PZ4: 35.1 M
Toyo Proxes Sport: 37.5 M
Wet HandlingPirelli P Zero PZ4: 88.1 Km/H
Toyo Proxes Sport: 79.8 Km/H
Dry HandlingVredestein Ultrac Vorti: 100 Km/H
Bridgestone Turanza T005: 096.7 Km/H
Rolling ResistanceBridgestone Turanza T005: 7.31 kg / t
Toyo Proxes Sport: 9.69 kg / t
NoiseMaxxis Premitra HP5: 71.6 dB
Continental Premium Contact 6: 73.9 dB
Straight AquaMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 92.1 Km/H
Fulda SportControl 2: 87 Km/H
PriceMaxxis Premitra HP5: 460
Michelin Pilot Sport 4: 675
Subj. ComfortBridgestone Turanza T005: 7 Points
Toyo Proxes Sport: 4 Points
Auto Bild's second summer tyre test of 2019 has tested eleven 245/45 R18 tyre patterns using a BMW 5 Series. This tyre and vehicle combination isn't an often tested setup, and has yielded some interesting results!

The Pirelli P Zero PZ4 (Sports Car variant) dominated the testing, with the shortest dry and wet braking, fastest wet handling lap and second fastest dry handling lap.

With the Pirelli dominating, that left the usual top three trio battling out for second place overall, which went in favour of the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5, whos only draw back was a mid table rolling resistance score. The last of the podium spots went to the Continental PremiumContact 6 which proved to be a little noisy compared to the best.

The fan favourite, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4, had to settle for a joint fourth place overall with the Vredestein Ultrac Vorti.

Dry

The Pirelli P Zero SC had a huge dry braking advantage, 0.6 meters ahead of the next best.

The Vredestein Ultrac Vorti took its regular spot at the top of the dry handling testing, with the P Zero a close second.

Wet

The Pirelli once again proved its braking dominance, stopping 2 meters shorter than the second placed Asymmetric 5.

This time the Pirelli carried through the performance advantage to wet handling, as the fastest tyre on test.

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 took its first win of the test during straight aquaplaning testing.

Environment

Three tyres proved to be the most comfortable subjectively.

The Bridgestone continued its run of extremely low rolling resistance scores by having the lowest fuel use on test.

The Maxxis had the quietest internal noise.

The Maxxis was also the cheapest tyre on test.

Results

Pirelli P Zero PZ41st: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
  1. Wet Braking: 1st (+0M)
  2. Dry Braking: 1st (+0M)
  3. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 2nd (+-0.2Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7th (+1.43kg / t)
  6. Noise: 7th (+1.3dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 8th (+-3.5Km/H)
  8. Price: 6th (+100)
  9. Subj. Comfort: 4th (+-1Points)
Positive: Test winner with no obvious flaws, excellent dry and wet handling, accurate steering, short braking distances.
Negative: None mentioned.
Overall: Exemplary / Test Winner.

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 52nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  1. Wet Braking: 2nd (+2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 6th (+0.9M)
  3. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-0.4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 3rd (+-0.8Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 8th (+1.64kg / t)
  6. Noise: 10th (+1.6dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 7th (+-3.2Km/H)
  8. Price: 6th (+100)
  9. Subj. Comfort: 4th (+-1Points)
Positive: Excellent handling in the dry and wet, accurate steering, short braking distances, good aquaplaning resistance.
Negative: High rolling resistance.
Overall: Exemplary.

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Continental Premium Contact 63rd: Continental Premium Contact 6
  1. Wet Braking: 3rd (+3.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 6th (+0.9M)
  3. Wet Handling: 3rd (+-2.6Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 3rd (+-0.8Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 3rd (+0.7kg / t)
  6. Noise: 11th (+2.3dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 5th (+-2.7Km/H)
  8. Price: 10th (+130)
  9. Subj. Comfort: 4th (+-1Points)
Positive: Good handling on dry and wet surfaces, good wet handling, high braking performance.
Negative: Increased noise level.
Overall: Exemplary.

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Michelin Pilot Sport 44th: Michelin Pilot Sport 4
  1. Wet Braking: 4th (+4.2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 8th (+1.5M)
  3. Wet Handling: 4th (+-2.7Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 5th (+-1Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6th (+0.99kg / t)
  6. Noise: 4th (+0.5dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 1st (+0Km/H)
  8. Price: 11th (+215)
  9. Subj. Comfort: 1st (+0Points)
Positive: Good handling in all conditions, highest aquaplaning resistance, good level of comfort.
Negative: High price, average lateral stability in the wet.
Overall: Exemplary.

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Vredestein Ultrac Vorti4th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
  1. Wet Braking: 5th (+6.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 3rd (+0.7M)
  3. Wet Handling: 5th (+-3.1Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 10th (+2.23kg / t)
  6. Noise: 5th (+0.8dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 2nd (+-0.9Km/H)
  8. Price: 5th (+75)
  9. Subj. Comfort: 1st (+0Points)
Positive: Accurate steering, very good handling and short braking distances in the dry, good levels of comfort.
Negative: Increased rolling resistance.
Overall: Exemplary.

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Hankook Ventus S1 evo26th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
  1. Wet Braking: 6th (+6.7M)
  2. Dry Braking: 8th (+1.5M)
  3. Wet Handling: 6th (+-5.6Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 9th (+-2.3Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 9th (+1.73kg / t)
  6. Noise: 2nd (+0.1dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 3rd (+-1.1Km/H)
  8. Price: 4th (+50)
  9. Subj. Comfort: 4th (+-1Points)
Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking, good levels of comfort.
Negative: Relatively long wet braking.
Overall: Good.

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Nokian PowerProof7th: Nokian PowerProof
  1. Wet Braking: 7th (+7.6M)
  2. Dry Braking: 5th (+0.8M)
  3. Wet Handling: 8th (+-7.2Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 7th (+-1.7Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 4th (+0.78kg / t)
  6. Noise: 7th (+1.3dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 10th (+-4.5Km/H)
  8. Price: 9th (+125)
  9. Subj. Comfort: 8th (+-2Points)
Positive: Good handling and short stopping distances in the dry, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Understeer and long braking distances in the wet.
Overall: Satisfactory.

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Bridgestone Turanza T0058th: Bridgestone Turanza T005
  1. Wet Braking: 10th (+9.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 3rd (+0.7M)
  3. Wet Handling: 9th (+-7.3Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 11th (+-3.3Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 1st (+0kg / t)
  6. Noise: 7th (+1.3dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 9th (+-3.8Km/H)
  8. Price: 6th (+100)
  9. Subj. Comfort: 1st (+0Points)
Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking, good level of comfort, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Slow steering response and understeer in the dry and wet, long wet braking distances.
Overall: Satisfactory.

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Maxxis Premitra HP58th: Maxxis Premitra HP5
  1. Wet Braking: 9th (+8.7M)
  2. Dry Braking: 2nd (+0.6M)
  3. Wet Handling: 7th (+-5.8Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 8th (+-1.8Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 4th (+0.78kg / t)
  6. Noise: 1st (+0dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 5th (+-2.7Km/H)
  8. Price: 1st (+0)
  9. Subj. Comfort: 8th (+-2Points)
Positive: Short dry braking, low noise, low rolling resistance, low price.
Negative: Long wet braking, low wet grip, understeer in the dry and wet.
Overall: Satisfactory.

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Toyo Proxes Sport8th: Toyo Proxes Sport
  1. Wet Braking: 11th (+9.5M)
  2. Dry Braking: 11th (+2.4M)
  3. Wet Handling: 11th (+-8.3Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 6th (+-1.6Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 11th (+2.38kg / t)
  6. Noise: 5th (+0.8dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 4th (+-1.3Km/H)
  8. Price: 2nd (+10)
  9. Subj. Comfort: 11th (+-3Points)
Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance, good dry handling, low noise, low price.
Negative: Poor wet handling, long wet braking, reduced comfort levels, high rolling resistance.
Overall: Satisfactory.

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Fulda SportControl 211th: Fulda SportControl 2
  1. Wet Braking: 8th (+7.9M)
  2. Dry Braking: 10th (+2.3M)
  3. Wet Handling: 10th (+-7.8Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 10th (+-2.8Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 2nd (+0.32kg / t)
  6. Noise: 3rd (+0.2dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 11th (+-5.1Km/H)
  8. Price: 3rd (+35)
  9. Subj. Comfort: 8th (+-2Points)
Positive: Low price, low rolling resistance, low noise.
Negative: Slow steering, long wet braking.
Overall: Satisfactory.

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