|Dry Braking||▲Continental Premium Contact 6: 34.6 M|
▼Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance: 36.3 M
|Dry Handling||▲Continental Premium Contact 6: 108.52 s|
▼Michelin Primacy 4: 109.40 s
|Wet Braking||▲Michelin Primacy 4: 49.1 M|
▼Bridgestone Turanza T005: 53.1 M
|Wet Handling||▲Continental Premium Contact 6: 69.46 s|
▼Michelin Primacy 4: 71.14 s
|Straight Aqua||▲Nokian Hakka Blue 2: 84 Km/H|
▼Continental Premium Contact 6: 79.8 Km/H
|Noise||▲Bridgestone Turanza T005: 72.2 dB|
▼Michelin Primacy 4: 73.4 dB
|Rolling Resistance||▲Bridgestone Turanza T005: 5.34 kg / t|
▼Nokian Hakka Blue 2: 5.62 kg / t
The winter tyre performed surprisingly well during the wet braking testing, which was tested between 18 and 25c, beating the Dunlop and Bridgestone summer tyres. Wet handling showed a little more weakness, with the winter tyre finishing last, but it was still within a few percent of the summer tyres.
As with all siped tyres, the penalty came in the dry. Testing at 21-23c, the winter tyre was at a huge disadvantage, stopping the car nearly 30% further on than the best summer tyre on test, which is the difference between stopping safely, and having a huge accident! While the tyre was closer during dry handling, it was still significantly slower than all the summer tyres.
Let this test be a good reminder as to why we shouldn't run winter tyres, or winter-bias all season tyres across the dry summer months.
Full data below.
Excellent lateral stability on dry and wet surfaces, impressive braking performance, especially on dry surfaces, low noise.
The weakest resistance to aquaplaning.
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2nd: Nokian Hakka Blue 2
Short braking distance, high lateral stability and good handling on wet surfaces.
Relatively long braking distance and insufficient dry handling, highest fuel consumption.
Accurate and fast reactions to steering, low noise.
Relatively long braking distance on wet roads.
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3rd: Firestone RoadHawk
High lateral stability, quick steering, neutral balance.
High noise levels.
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5th: Michelin Primacy 4
Excellent braking performance.
Weak lateral stability.
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Low fuel consumption, high aquaplaning resistance.
Weak lateral stability, understeer and long braking in the dry, elevated noise.
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Good handling and grip in the dry and wet, short dry braking distances.
Longest wet braking, low aquaplaning resistance, noise.
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