2019 Sport Auto 20 Inch UHP Tyre Test

For 2019, Sport Auto Magazine has tested eight ultra high performance summer tyres in 245/30 R20 using a Civic Type R.

Sadly the new Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport wasn't included in the test, and instead the twice replaced Asymmetric 2 was left representing Goodyear. This meant the Continental SportContact 6 and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S could fight it out for the top spot overall.

The data below is interesting, as it shows in this size at least the Continental SportContact 6 is the better handling, and faster tyre in the dry, and has a significant advantage in the wet when compared to the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S. This once again proves that the gaps between the very best tyres on the market are extremely close, and the winner can be affected by choices such as size, vehicle used, and even driving style!

Dry

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4S was the best tyre during the dry braking testing, with a 0.4 meter advantage over the second placed Continental SportContact 6.

During dry handling, the Continental proved to be both the fastest tyre, and have the best steering feel and handling. The usual dry-dominant Michelin could only manage the sixth fastest lap.

Wet

During wet braking, the Continental had a significant advantage, which is extremely unusual for this type of testing.

The wet braking advantage the Continental had didn't carry over to wet handling, this time with the aging Goodyear being the fastest tyre on test.

The Continental remained the best handling tyre on test subjectively.

The Toyo, the worst tyre in the dry, proved to have the best aquaplaning resistance.

Environment

The Continental also did an excellent job of blending outright grip and low rolling resistance, low noise and acceptable levels of comfort.

Results

1st: Continental Sport Contact 6

Continental Sport Contact 6
  • 245/30 R20
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.4 M98.86%
Dry Handling1st100%
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling2nd-1.7 Km/H98.13%
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua5th-5.4 Km/H93.32%
Subj. Comfort4th-2 Points
Noise2nd+0.6 dB99.18%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.1 kg / t98.9%
Excellent braking performance, quick and accurate steering response and good directional stability.
Average comfort, low aquaplaning resistance.
Highly Recommended.

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2nd: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S
  • 245/30 R20
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling6th-1.8 Km/H98.45%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-1 Points
Wet Braking3rd+2.6 M92.12%
Wet Handling6th-3.9 Km/H95.71%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-2 Points
Straight Aqua6th-5.6 Km/H93.07%
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points
Noise5th+1.7 dB97.71%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.6 kg / t93.75%
Best dry braking, good handling in the dry and wet.
Average comfort, lower wet grip.
Recommended.

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3rd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
  • 245/30 R20
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.7 M95.32%
Dry Handling2nd-0.8 Km/H99.31%
Subj. Dry Handling4th-2 Points
Wet Braking5th+3.4 M89.94%
Wet Handling1st100%
Subj. Wet Handling2nd-1 Points
Straight Aqua4th-5.2 Km/H93.56%
Subj. Comfort1st
Noise7th+1.8 dB97.58%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.5 kg / t94.74%
Good wet handling, good comfort.
Average braking.
Conditionally Recommended.

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4th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3

Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3
  • 245/30 R20
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1.3 M96.38%
Dry Handling7th-2.1 Km/H98.19%
Subj. Dry Handling6th-3 Points
Wet Braking4th+3.2 M90.48%
Wet Handling8th-5.8 Km/H93.62%
Subj. Wet Handling6th-3 Points
Straight Aqua8th-7.3 Km/H90.97%
Subj. Comfort5th-3 Points
Noise4th+1.2 dB98.37%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Good braking, good dry handling.
Lower wet grip.
Conditionally Recommended.

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5th: Bridgestone Potenza S001

Bridgestone Potenza S001
  • 245/30 R20
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.4 M96.11%
Dry Handling5th-1.5 Km/H98.7%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-1 Points
Wet Braking8th+5.7 M84.21%
Wet Handling5th-3.2 Km/H96.48%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-2 Points
Straight Aqua2nd-4 Km/H95.05%
Subj. Comfort5th-3 Points
Noise8th+3 dB96.03%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.1 kg / t89.11%
Good braking, good dry handling.
Longest wet braking distances, high rolling resistance, noisy.
Conditionally Recommended.

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6th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R
  • 245/30 R20
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.9 M97.46%
Dry Handling2nd-0.8 Km/H99.31%
Subj. Dry Handling4th-2 Points
Wet Braking6th+3.8 M88.89%
Wet Handling6th-3.9 Km/H95.71%
Subj. Wet Handling6th-3 Points
Straight Aqua7th-5.8 Km/H92.82%
Subj. Comfort5th-3 Points
Noise3rd+0.8 dB98.91%
Rolling Resistance6th+1 kg / t90%
Short dry braking, good dry handling.
Average aquaplaning resistance, long wet braking.
Conditionally Recommended.

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7th: Falken Azenis FK510

Falken Azenis FK510
  • 245/30 R20
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+2.6 M93.01%
Dry Handling4th-1 Km/H99.14%
Subj. Dry Handling6th-3 Points
Wet Braking2nd+1.9 M94.12%
Wet Handling3rd-2.4 Km/H97.36%
Subj. Wet Handling6th-3 Points
Straight Aqua3rd-4.3 Km/H94.68%
Subj. Comfort8th-4 Points
Noise5th+1.7 dB97.71%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.4 kg / t95.74%
Good wet grip.
Long dry braking, slow steering.
Conditionally Recommended.

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8th: Toyo Proxes Sport

Toyo Proxes Sport
  • 245/30 R20
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+3 M92.02%
Dry Handling8th-3.2 Km/H97.24%
Subj. Dry Handling8th-4 Points
Wet Braking7th+4.1 M88.12%
Wet Handling4th-3.1 Km/H96.59%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-2 Points
Straight Aqua1st100%
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points
Noise1st100%
Rolling Resistance6th+1 kg / t90%
Good aquaplaning resistance.
Longest dry braking, poor dry handling.
Conditionally Recommended.

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