Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 VS Asymmetric 3 VS Continental PremiumContact 6 - In depth test

As the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 is now available for purchase, I've tested it against the much loved, previous generation Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, and a leading competitor, the Continental PremiumContact 6.
 

Overall, the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 was a good step forward when compared to the Asymmetric 3 in all key areas, and on par with the Continental PremiumContact 6. The gap between the Continental and the Goodyear is now so close, that in a different tyre size to this (225/40 R18), some of the test results might be flipped.

Dry

During dry braking, the Asymmetric 3 took a surprise win, beating the Asymmetric 5 and PremiumContact 6.

During dry handling the Continental was the fastest tyre on test, with the Asymmetric 5 and PremiumContact 6 both having an excellent subjective balance.

Wet

The PremiumContact 6 had a small advantage during wet braking.

The Asymmetric 5 and PremiumContact 6 posted exactly the same laptimes, with the Goodyear providing a slightly better balance.

The new Asymmetric 5 proved to be best in straight aquaplaning, with the PremiumContact 6 ahead in curved aquaplaning.

Environment

The Asymmetric 5 had both the lowest internal noise and highlest levels of comfort on test, though it was again very close between the Asymmetric 5 and PremiumContact 6.

Results

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 51st: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  1. Wet Braking: 2nd (+0.4M)
  2. Dry Braking: 2nd (+0.3M)
  3. Wet Handling: 1st (+0s)
  4. Dry Handling: 2nd (+1.12s)
  5. Noise: 1st (+0dB)
  6. Straight Aqua: 1st (+0Km/H)
  7. Subj. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Points)
  8. Subj. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Points)
  9. Subj. Comfort: 1st (+0Points)
Positive: Best comfort, high levels of wet grip with an excellent balance in the dry and wet.
Negative: Slight loss of steering feedback in really high speed cornering.
Overall: An excellent balanced tyre and a good step over the previous Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3.

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Continental Premium Contact 61st: Continental Premium Contact 6
  1. Wet Braking: 1st (+0M)
  2. Dry Braking: 3rd (+0.6M)
  3. Wet Handling: 1st (+0s)
  4. Dry Handling: 1st (+0s)
  5. Noise: 2nd (+0.2dB)
  6. Straight Aqua: 3rd (+-1.1Km/H)
  7. Subj. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Points)
  8. Subj. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
  9. Subj. Comfort: 2nd (+-1Points)
Positive: Fastest dry lap time, quick precise steering in the dry, excellent curved aquaplaning.
Negative: Slightly nervous in the wet, higher levels of wear during dry handling.
Overall: High levels of grip in all conditions, with precise steering and good levels of comfort.

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 33rd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3
  1. Wet Braking: 3rd (+1.2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 1st (+0M)
  3. Wet Handling: 3rd (+0.85s)
  4. Dry Handling: 3rd (+2.3s)
  5. Noise: 3rd (+1.5dB)
  6. Straight Aqua: 2nd (+-0.1Km/H)
  7. Subj. Dry Handling: 3rd (+-2Points)
  8. Subj. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
  9. Subj. Comfort: 3rd (+-2Points)
Positive: Shortest dry braking.
Negative: The replacement Asymmetric 5 improves this tyre in nearly all areas.

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