2021 Auto Bild UUHP Summer Tyre Test

It's the test we've all been waiting for, it's the first test of the brand new Bridgestone Potenza Sport, the only new tyre in 2021 that has the chance of taking the fight to the established ultra high performance tyres such as the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, Continental SportContact 6 and Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport.

Naturally, it's the best testers in the business doing it first, the German publication Auto Bild. They've tested nine 265/35 R20 UUHP tyres in the dry and wet using a very un-european Ford Mustang.

Tyre Reviews is due to test the new Potenza Sport, against 14 of its key rivals in an 18" size, so if you're not already subscribed, be sure to head over to the Tyre Reviews YouTube channel and subscribe as that will be published in the coming weeks!

Can the Bridgestone Compete?

The biggest question is, can the new Potenza Sport really take the fight to Michelin, Continental and Goodyear? The answer, at least for this test, is a resounding yes!

The new Bridgestone Potenza Sport wins the test, and has the shortest dry braking, shortest wet braking, and fastest wet handling lap! The only one of the four key tests it was beaten in was dry handling, where it finished just 1.8% behind the Michelin, but the testers still reported it to have excellent handling and precise steering in the dry and wet.

The best of the rest went to the Continental Sport Contact 6. While it didn't win any test, and the testers found it to have a slightly high noise level, it was consistently close in all the tests, and had a dynamic sport driving behavio r in the wet.

The internet's favourite tyre,  the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S placed third overall, winning dry braking and having the lowest noise on test, but could only manage mid pack during the wet handling lap and was the most expensive set of tyres to buy.

The last of the "big 4" was the Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport. Like the SportContact 6 it was consistent in all conditions, but couldn't quite match the best overall.

Dry

The new Potenza Sport led the way in dry braking, with the Goodyear just 0.1 meters ahead of the Continental and Michelin pairing.

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S posted the fastest lap time by a considerable margin, and led the way subjectively. The Bridgestone could match the subjective handling of the Michelin, but not the time, and the Landsail and Berlin tyres provided little grip or enjoyment.

Wet

The Bridgestone also led wet braking by a small margin.

Claiming three wins from the four key tests, the Potenza Sport was both the fastest and best handling tyre on test, with direct steering and first class balance. The Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R and Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport were also reported to be excellent handling tyres in the wet.

The Goodyear won the aquaplaning test, with a small margin to the second placed Falken.

Environment

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4S was the quietest tyre on test, matching the budget Landsail LS588.

The budge tyre also had the lowest rolling resistance, a test the Goodyear and Vredestein struggled in.

Michelin wasn't the only expensive tyre on test, with the Goodyear matching its price for four. The new Bridgestone was also expensive, but a full 75 euros cheaper for a set of four.

Results

1st: Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Bridgestone Potenza Sport
  • 265/35 R20 99Y
  • EU Label: C/A/73
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling2nd-1.8 Km/H98.2%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua3rd-0.7 Km/H99.07%
Noise6th+0.9 dB98.77%
Price7th+555 47.39%
Rolling Resistance6th+1.53 kg / t83.28%
The Potenza Sport is a new top class sports tyre with excellent handling in the dry and wet, precise steering response, good balance, shortest wet and dry braking distances and good aquaplaning properties.
Test Winner.

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2nd: Continental Sport Contact 6

Continental Sport Contact 6
  • 265/35 R20 99Y
  • EU Label: E/A/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.4 M98.87%
Dry Handling5th-2.6 Km/H97.4%
Wet Braking2nd+0.1 M99.76%
Wet Handling4th-3.5 Km/H95.91%
Straight Aqua6th-2.5 Km/H96.68%
Noise8th+1.6 dB97.83%
Price6th+485 50.76%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.95 kg / t88.91%
The Sport Contact 6 is an excellent tyre with dynamic driving behaviour in the wet, short wet and dry braking distances, good comfort and low rolling resistance.
Slightly high noise.
Highly Recommended.

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3rd: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S
  • 265/35 R20 99Y
  • EU Label: C/A/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.4 M98.87%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking3rd+2.2 M94.92%
Wet Handling5th-5.9 Km/H93.1%
Straight Aqua7th-2.6 Km/H96.55%
Noise1st100%
Price8th+630 44.25%
Rolling Resistance3rd+1.26 kg / t85.81%
The Pilot Sport 4S is a premium summer tyre with sporty dynamic handling in the dry, precise steering, short wet and dry braking distances and low rolling resistance.
Very expensive.
Highly Recommended.

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4th: Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport
  • 265/35 R20 99Y
  • EU Label: E/A/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.3 M99.15%
Dry Handling4th-2 Km/H98%
Wet Braking5th+4 M91.13%
Wet Handling3rd-3.4 Km/H96.02%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Noise7th+1.3 dB98.23%
Price8th+630 44.25%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.98 kg / t79.38%
The F1 SuperSport is a sporty summer tyre with a high level of balanced performance in the dry and wet, short dry braking distances, good comfort.
Very expensive.
Recommended.

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5th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R
  • 265/35 R20 99Y
  • EU Label: E/B/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.6 M95.64%
Dry Handling3rd-1.9 Km/H98.1%
Wet Braking6th+5.3 M88.58%
Wet Handling2nd-2.9 Km/H96.61%
Straight Aqua3rd-0.7 Km/H99.07%
Noise4th+0.2 dB99.72%
Price4th+295 62.89%
Rolling Resistance9th+2.24 kg / t77.28%
The Vorti R is a good performance tyre with sporty handling, precise steering, short dry braking distances, and a good price to performance ratio.
Slightly longer braking distances in the wet, increased rolling resistance.
Recommended.

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6th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3

Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3
  • 265/35 R20 99Y
  • EU Label: C/A/73
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.7 M95.38%
Dry Handling6th-3 Km/H97%
Wet Braking4th+3.3 M92.57%
Wet Handling6th-7.2 Km/H91.58%
Straight Aqua5th-1.7 Km/H97.74%
Noise9th+2.1 dB97.17%
Price3rd+290 63.29%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.49 kg / t83.64%
The S1 Evo3 has safe driving behavior and short braking distances in the dry and wet, with a direct steering response.
Low aquaplaning resistance, high noise.
Recommended.

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7th: Falken Azenis FK510

Falken Azenis FK510
  • 265/35 R20 99Y
  • EU Label: C/A/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+3.3 M91.41%
Dry Handling7th-4.6 Km/H95.4%
Wet Braking7th+7.5 M84.57%
Wet Handling7th-7.4 Km/H91.35%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.2 Km/H99.73%
Noise5th+0.3 dB99.59%
Price5th+310 61.73%
Rolling Resistance4th+1.3 kg / t85.43%
Good safety reserves in aquaplaning, good handling in the wet.
Long wet braking distances, understeer balance in dry handling.
Fair.

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8th: Landsail LS588 UHP

Landsail LS588 UHP
  • 265/35 R20 99Y
  • EU Label: C/B/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+4.1 M89.54%
Dry Handling8th-7 Km/H93%
Wet Braking9th+41.6 M49.7%
Wet Handling8th-15.9 Km/H81.4%
Straight Aqua9th-5.7 Km/H92.43%
Noise1st100%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Very low rolling resistance.
Limited wet grip, very long wet and dry braking distances, bad handling and poor aquaplaning resistance.
Not Recommended.

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9th: Berlin Tires Summer UHP 1

Berlin-Tires Summer UHP 1
  • 265/35 R20 99Y
  • EU Label: B/C/73
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+4.5 M88.64%
Dry Handling9th-8.4 Km/H91.6%
Wet Braking8th+18.5 M68.96%
Wet Handling8th-15.9 Km/H81.4%
Straight Aqua8th-4.7 Km/H93.76%
Noise3rd+0.1 dB99.86%
Price2nd+30 94.34%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.57 kg / t82.92%
Low noise, low price.
Very poor in the wet, dangerously long wet and dry braking distances, spongy unbalanced handling with poor steering response.
Not Recommended.

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