2013 Auto Bild Performance Summer Tyre Test

This years Auto Bild Performance tyre test takes place in 225/35 R18 with 8 different tyres on a Mini Coupe John Cooper Works.

Unfortunately 225/35 R18 isn't the most popular of tyre sizes, which means some of our highest rated tyres, such as the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 weren't included in the test.

As always, review comments along side each tyre.

The Results

1st: Continental Sport Contact 5

Continental Sport Contact 5
  • 225/35 R18
  1. Total: 30
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 9
  4. Comfort: 5
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6
  6. Noise: 4
A sporty tyre with exemplary handling characteristics in wet and dry conditions. Excellent safety reserves with aquaplaning, short braking distances
High pass-by noise

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2nd: Pirelli PZero Nero

Pirelli PZero Nero
  • 225/35 R18
  1. Total: 33
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 7
  4. Comfort: 6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 4
  6. Noise: 9
Great tyre with convincing sporty handling qualities. Shortest braking distances on wet track, good ride comfort, low driving noise
Slightly high rolling resistance

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3rd: Nexen N8000

Nexen N8000
  • 225/35 R18
  1. Total: 31
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Comfort: 6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 5
  6. Noise: 7
A strong all all-rounder with a balanced performance on wet and dry conditions. Stable running, short braking distances, excellent ride comfort and low noise
Average rolling resistance. Subjectively a little numb

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4th: Bridgestone Potenza S001

Bridgestone Potenza S001
  • 225/35 R18
  1. Total: 30
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Comfort: 6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6
  6. Noise: 6
Sporty dynamic performance with stable cornering, short braking distances, low rolling resistance
Slight understeer in the wet

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5th: Marangoni Mythos

Marangoni Mythos
  • 225/35 R18
  1. Total: 27
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Comfort: 3
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6
  6. Noise: 6
Good safety reserves with aquaplaning, short braking distances on dry roads, quiet noise level
Slight understeering driving behavior, increased rolling resistance

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6th: Toyo Proxes T1 Sport

Toyo Proxes T1 Sport
  • 225/35 R18
  1. Total: 27
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 4
  4. Comfort: 6
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6
  6. Noise: 5
Balanced handling and short braking distances on dry roads
Only average safety reserves to aquaplaning, average handling qualities when wet

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7th: Sunew YS618

Sunew YS618
  • 225/35 R18
  1. Total: 23
  2. Dry: 4
  3. Wet: 1
  4. Comfort: 2
  5. Rolling Resistance: 9
  6. Noise: 7
Quiet road noise, low rolling resistance
Strong understeering driving behavior, dangerously long braking distances in wet, moderate ride comfort

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8th: Yokohama Parada Spec 2

Yokohama Parada Spec 2
  • 225/35 R18
  1. Total: 24.1
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 0.1
  4. Comfort: 5
  5. Rolling Resistance: 9
  6. Noise: 5
Short dry braking distances, excellent rolling resistance
Severely bad aquaplaning results, dangerously long braking distances in the wet

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