|Dry Braking||▲Michelin Primacy 4: 36.0 M|
▼Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun: 38.8 M
|Dry Handling||▲Toyo Proxes Comfort: 118.8 Km/H|
▼BFGoodrich Advantage: 116.3 Km/H
|Wet Braking||▲Michelin Primacy 4: 34.6 M|
▼Toyo Proxes Comfort: 41.8 M
|Wet Handling||▲Nokian WetProof: 71.0 Km/H|
▼Toyo Proxes Comfort: 68.2 Km/H
|Straight Aqua||▲Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun: 82.6 Km/H|
▼Toyo Proxes Comfort: 77.3 Km/H
|Noise||▲Michelin Primacy 4: 70.0 dB|
▼Bridgestone Turanza T005: 72.4 dB
|Tyre Weight||▲Nokian WetProof: 7.48 Kg|
▼Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun: 8.97 Kg
|Price||▲Maxxis Premitra HP5: 065 |
▼Bridgestone Turanza T005: 111
|Rolling Resistance||▲Michelin Primacy 4: 7.6 kg / t|
▼Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun: 9.9 kg / t
The first and second placed tyres will be no surprise. The Michelin Primacy 4, which always seems to work well in the smaller sizes, dominated both braking tests, was the fastest in wet handling and was the quietest on test. Second placed Bridgestone Turanza T005 had the lowest rolling resistance, and scored well in every other key test, other than a slightly average dry braking result, while the third placed Nokian WetProof lived up to its name and was the fastest around the wet handling lap, but struggled during the dry handling lap.
One other issue with this lower volume tyre size is not all patterns are the most up to date, with the testers having to test the Continental PremiumContact 5 rather than the 6.
During dry braking, the Michelin Primacy 4 had a large advantage, beating the second placed Maxxis Premitra 5 by nearly a full meter. The next ten tyres were only separated by another 1.9 meters!
The new Toyo Proxes Comfort was the fastest around the dry handling lap, with the BFGoodrich Advantage struggling to set a quick time.
The Primacy 4 continued its braking advantage in the wet, with the sister brand BFGoodrich placing second.
The Primacy 4 was also the fastest around the wet handling lap, but this time tying first place with the Nokian WetProof.
Falken and Nokian led the way in the straight aquaplaning test.
The difference in external noise between the eleven sets was relatively low, with Goodyear, Michelin and Nokian all tying for the quietest tyres on test.
The two most expensive tyres on test offered the lowest rolling resistance, but with the group relatively close it's unlikely they would recover that higher purchase price. As we've seen before, the Falken ZE310 struggled with high rolling resistance.
Surprisingly, Michelin wasn't the most expensive tyre on test, with the Bridgestone 4 euros per tyre more expensive. There is a 184 euro price difference between a full set of the Maxxis and Bridgestone tyres.
1st: Michelin Primacy 4
The Primacy 4 has the shortest braking distances and high safety reserves in the dry and wet. Balanced performance, easily controllable, low noise levels, and low rolling resistance.
Poor aquaplaning resistance, limited comfort.
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The T005 has very good dry handling with precise stable steering, lowest rolling resistance on test.
Average braking, low aquaplaning resistance.
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3rd: Nokian WetProof
Apart from a slight weakness when braking, the WetProof is very good in the wet with the fastest wet handling lap, and it's also controllable in the dry.
Average wet braking, average rolling resistance.
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The EfficientGrip Performance 2 has good aquaplaning resistance, excellent steering during lane change maneuvers, and good levels of comfort.
Long dry and wet braking distances.
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Safe handling balance in the dry and wet.
Long dry braking, average rolling resistance.
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6th: Maxxis Premitra HP5
The Premitra 5 has dynamic and driveable in the dry and wet, low noise.
Long wet braking distances, increased rolling resistance.
7th: BFGoodrich Advantage
Good wet braking, stable and surprise free dry handling.
Slightly long dry braking, average aquaplaning, average rolling resistance.
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The Kinergy Eco2 is stable in evasive situations, very quiet, low rolling resistance.
Weak braking in the dry and wet, low grip during wet handling.
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The EcoRun ZE310 has a very good aquaplaning resistance.
Sluggish steering, very long dry braking, oversteer in the wet, very high rolling resistance.
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Good aquaplaning resistance, stable dry balance.
Long braking distances in the dry and wet, high rolling resistance.
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11th: Toyo Proxes Comfort
Very good cornering grip in the dry.
Very long dry and wet braking, limited ride comfort. Devaluation due to long wet braking result.
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