2010 Auto Zeitung Ultra High Performance Summer Test

Pirelli P Zero: Winner!

Size tested: 235/40 R 18 | Vehicle: VW Scirocco 2.0 TSI

We'll keep this brief! In 2010 Auto Zeitung have tested 9 ultra high performance summer tyres on a 200bhp VW Scirocco.

The magazine covers aquaplaning resistance (where sensors determine the speed at which a tyre floats in 7mm of standing water), braking (from 62mph in both the wet and dry), a timed lap in the wet and dry, and how the cars respond on the limit. Added for this year, Auto Zeitung also tested the rolling resistance of each tyre using a dedicated machine.

Key highlights include:

  • The Pirelli P Zero and Continental Sport Contact 3 are very evenly matched in 1st and 2nd place
  • The new Bridgestone Potenza S001 was let down by it's average aquaplaning performance
  • The Hankook Ventus S1 Evo has another strong showing against the big brands, equalling the Bridgestones score
  • The Goodyear Eagle F1 continues to offer excellent dry and wet grip, but is let down by it's high rolling resistance
  • Disappointing results for both the new Pilot Sport 3 and the Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta

Full results:

1: Pirelli P Zero

Positive: Best balanced tyre, excellent in dry and wet

Negative: Slightly weak aquaplaning resistance

Total score: 264 out of 300 (Dry 131 / Wet 133)

2: Continental Sport Contact 3

Positive: Excellent consistent balanced tyre

Negative: None given

Total score: 259 out of 300 (Dry 121 / Wet 138)

3: Bridgestone Potenza S001

Positive: Balanced dry and wet performance

Negative: Average Aquaplaning

Total score: 251 out of 300 (Dry 130 / Wet 121)

=3: Hankook Ventus S1Evo

Positive: Fastest tyre in the wet

Negative: Average in the dry

Total score: 251 out of 300 (Dry 117/ Wet 134)

5: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric

Positive: Excellent in the wet, good in the dry

Negative: Highest rolling resistance

Total score: 246 out of 300 (Dry 110 / Wet 136)

6: Michelin Pilot Sport 3

Positive: Excellent in the wet

Negative: Not as sporty as the PS2 in the dry

Total score: 242 out of 300 (Dry 119 / Wet 123)

7: Nokian Z G2

Positive: Excellent rolling resistance and aquaplaning

Negative: Poor dry grip

Total score: 230 out of 300 (Dry 110 / Wet 120)

8: Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT

Positive: Excellent in the dry

Negative: Poor in the wet

Total score: 225 out of 300 (Dry 120 / Wet 105)

9: Vredestein Sessanta Ultrac

Positive: Excellent aquaplaning resistance

Negative: Longest wet and dry stopping distance, understeer

Total score: 217 out of 300 (Dry 104 / Wet 113)


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Hmm, the Vredestein surprisingly performed poorly here. I ain't gonna consider it again after reading this. Goodyear F1 for me, best allrounder.
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