2019 Auto Bild Sports Car Tyre Test

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.


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.


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.


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.


1st: Pirelli P Zero PZ4

Pirelli P Zero PZ4
  • 245/45 R18
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling2nd-0.2 Km/H99.8%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua8th-3.5 Km/H96.2%
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Noise7th+1.3 dB98.22%
Price6th+100 82.14%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.43 kg / t83.64%
Test winner with no obvious flaws, excellent dry and wet handling, accurate steering, short braking distances.
None mentioned.
Exemplary / Test Winner.

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2nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  • 245/45 R18
Dry Braking6th+0.9 M97.5%
Dry Handling3rd-0.8 Km/H99.2%
Wet Braking2nd+2 M95.89%
Wet Handling2nd-0.4 Km/H99.55%
Straight Aqua7th-3.2 Km/H96.53%
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Noise10th+1.6 dB97.81%
Price6th+100 82.14%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.64 kg / t81.68%
Excellent handling in the dry and wet, accurate steering, short braking distances, good aquaplaning resistance.
High rolling resistance.

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3rd: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 245/45 R18
Dry Braking6th+0.9 M97.5%
Dry Handling3rd-0.8 Km/H99.2%
Wet Braking3rd+3.1 M93.78%
Wet Handling3rd-2.6 Km/H97.05%
Straight Aqua5th-2.7 Km/H97.07%
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Noise11th+2.3 dB96.89%
Price10th+130 77.97%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.7 kg / t91.26%
Good handling on dry and wet surfaces, good wet handling, high braking performance.
Increased noise level.

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4th: Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Michelin Pilot Sport 4
  • 245/45 R18
Dry Braking8th+1.5 M95.9%
Dry Handling5th-1 Km/H99%
Wet Braking4th+4.2 M91.75%
Wet Handling4th-2.7 Km/H96.94%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Subj. Comfort1st
Noise4th+0.5 dB99.31%
Price11th+215 68.15%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.99 kg / t88.07%
Good handling in all conditions, highest aquaplaning resistance, good level of comfort.
High price, average lateral stability in the wet.

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4th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
  • 245/45 R18
Dry Braking3rd+0.7 M98.04%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking5th+6.1 M88.45%
Wet Handling5th-3.1 Km/H96.48%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.9 Km/H99.02%
Subj. Comfort1st
Noise5th+0.8 dB98.9%
Price5th+75 85.98%
Rolling Resistance10th+2.23 kg / t76.62%
Accurate steering, very good handling and short braking distances in the dry, good levels of comfort.
Increased rolling resistance.

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6th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo2

Hankook Ventus S1 evo2
  • 245/45 R18
Dry Braking8th+1.5 M95.9%
Dry Handling9th-2.3 Km/H97.7%
Wet Braking6th+6.7 M87.45%
Wet Handling6th-5.6 Km/H93.64%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.1 Km/H98.81%
Subj. Comfort4th-1 Points
Noise2nd+0.1 dB99.86%
Price4th+50 90.2%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.73 kg / t80.86%
Good aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking, good levels of comfort.
Relatively long wet braking.

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7th: Nokian PowerProof

Nokian PowerProof
  • 245/45 R18
Dry Braking5th+0.8 M97.77%
Dry Handling7th-1.7 Km/H98.3%
Wet Braking7th+7.6 M86%
Wet Handling8th-7.2 Km/H91.83%
Straight Aqua10th-4.5 Km/H95.11%
Subj. Comfort8th-2 Points
Noise7th+1.3 dB98.22%
Price9th+125 78.63%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.78 kg / t90.36%
Good handling and short stopping distances in the dry, low rolling resistance.
Understeer and long braking distances in the wet.

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8th: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 245/45 R18
Dry Braking3rd+0.7 M98.04%
Dry Handling11th-3.3 Km/H96.7%
Wet Braking10th+9.1 M83.69%
Wet Handling9th-7.3 Km/H91.71%
Straight Aqua9th-3.8 Km/H95.87%
Subj. Comfort1st
Noise7th+1.3 dB98.22%
Price6th+100 82.14%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Good aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking, good level of comfort, low rolling resistance.
Slow steering response and understeer in the dry and wet, long wet braking distances.

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8th: Maxxis Premitra HP5

Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • 245/45 R18
Dry Braking2nd+0.6 M98.32%
Dry Handling8th-1.8 Km/H98.2%
Wet Braking9th+8.7 M84.3%
Wet Handling7th-5.8 Km/H93.42%
Straight Aqua5th-2.7 Km/H97.07%
Subj. Comfort8th-2 Points
Rolling Resistance4th+0.78 kg / t90.36%
Short dry braking, low noise, low rolling resistance, low price.
Long wet braking, low wet grip, understeer in the dry and wet.

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8th: Toyo Proxes Sport

Toyo Proxes Sport
  • 245/45 R18
Dry Braking11th+2.4 M93.6%
Dry Handling6th-1.6 Km/H98.4%
Wet Braking11th+9.5 M83.1%
Wet Handling11th-8.3 Km/H90.58%
Straight Aqua4th-1.3 Km/H98.59%
Subj. Comfort11th-3 Points
Noise5th+0.8 dB98.9%
Price2nd+10 97.87%
Rolling Resistance11th+2.38 kg / t75.44%
Good aquaplaning resistance, good dry handling, low noise, low price.
Poor wet handling, long wet braking, reduced comfort levels, high rolling resistance.

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11th: Fulda SportControl 2

Fulda SportControl 2
  • 245/45 R18
Dry Braking10th+2.3 M93.85%
Dry Handling10th-2.8 Km/H97.2%
Wet Braking8th+7.9 M85.53%
Wet Handling10th-7.8 Km/H91.15%
Straight Aqua11th-5.1 Km/H94.46%
Subj. Comfort8th-2 Points
Noise3rd+0.2 dB99.72%
Price3rd+35 92.93%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.32 kg / t95.81%
Low price, low rolling resistance, low noise.
Slow steering, long wet braking.

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