2022 AMS Performance Summer Tyre Test

Dry BrakingGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6: 34.6 MGT-Radial SportActive 2: 37.3 M
Dry HandlingGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6: 125.8 Km/HHankook Ventus S1 evo 3: 123.1 Km/H
Wet BrakingHankook Ventus S1 evo 3: 29.5 MGT-Radial SportActive 2: 34.4 M
Wet HandlingGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6: 88.4 Km/HNexen N Fera Sport SU2: 84.5 Km/H
Wet CircleGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6: 6.67 m/sMichelin Pilot Sport 4: 6.4 m/s
Straight AquaNexen N Fera Sport SU2: 73.3 Km/HHankook Ventus S1 evo 3: 63 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningGT-Radial SportActive 2: 2.9 m/sec2Nokian PowerProof: 2.4 m/sec2
NoiseNexen N Fera Sport SU2: 67.3 dBContinental Premium Contact 6: 71.1 dB
PriceGT-Radial SportActive 2: 130 Continental Premium Contact 6: 209
Rolling ResistanceBridgestone Turanza T005: 6.5 kg / tNexen N Fera Sport SU2: 8.7 kg / t
It's the first test of the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6, and it's the first test win for the new tyre!

For 2022, the excellent publication Auto Motor und Sport have tested ten ultra high performance tyres in 245/45 R19 using an Audi A6 Quattro. The new Goodyear was essentially the best in nearly all the grip tests, and had the best subjective handling on test, but did drop some points in aquaplaning.

Bridgestone placed second with the T005, proving to be a balanced tyre doing well in most tests, and the Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3 finished third, excelling in the braking tests but it couldn't match the performance in handling.

Interestingly, the fourth placed Continental PremiumContact 6 was the Audi AO specific tyre, which meant it had both SEAL technology and foam sound absorbing system.

Dry

The new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 was best in dry braking, with Hankook in second. Falken and GT Radial finished an unusual amount of distance behind.

The Goodyear was also best in dry handling, with the sportiest handling, however Hankook dropped down to last place thanks to a sluggish and imprecise steering response.

Wet

Hankook was back at the front for wet braking, with Michelin doing unusually badly.

Goodyear was back at the front in wet handling, leading with an impressive margin. Michelin again performed poorly.

Wet circle approximately matched wet handling, which is always nice to see!

Nexen and GT Radial led the way in the two aquaplaning tests, with the GT Radial best overall.

Environment

External noise testing had no advantage for the foam damped Continental, which was the noisiest outside but the quietest inside the car.

Bridgestone and Michelin led the way in the fuel use testing.

GT Radial was the cheapest tyre on test, nearly half the price of the AO Continental.

Results

1st: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: C/A/70
  • Weight: 10.77kgs
  • Tread: 6.8mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st34.6 M100%
Dry Handling1st125.8 Km/H100%
Wet Braking4th31.3 M29.5 M+1.8 M94.25%
Wet Handling1st88.4 Km/H100%
Wet Circle1st6.67 m/s100%
Straight Aqua6th65.6 Km/H73.3 Km/H-7.7 Km/H89.5%
Curved Aquaplaning6th2.6 m/sec22.9 m/sec2-0.3 m/sec289.66%
Noise7th70 dB67.3 dB+2.7 dB96.14%
Price8th203 130 +73 64.04%
Rolling Resistance4th7.6 kg / t6.5 kg / t+1.1 kg / t85.53%
Very short braking distances, outstanding grip, high cornering stability, sporty but easy to control handling.
Average aquaplaning resistance.
Goodyear's new tyre impresses with a lot of safety and the best dynamics.

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2nd: Bridgestone Turanza T005

Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: B/A/72
  • Weight: 10.1kgs
  • Tread: 6.6mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking3rd35.3 M34.6 M+0.7 M98.02%
Dry Handling2nd125.6 Km/H125.8 Km/H-0.2 Km/H99.84%
Wet Braking2nd30 M29.5 M+0.5 M98.33%
Wet Handling2nd87.3 Km/H88.4 Km/H-1.1 Km/H98.76%
Wet Circle6th6.5 m/s6.67 m/s-0.17 m/s97.45%
Straight Aqua7th65.5 Km/H73.3 Km/H-7.8 Km/H89.36%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd2.8 m/sec22.9 m/sec2-0.1 m/sec296.55%
Noise5th69.4 dB67.3 dB+2.1 dB96.97%
Price7th167 130 +37 77.84%
Rolling Resistance1st6.5 kg / t100%
Despite a small weakness in aquaplaning it is the strongest tyre overall in the wet with the shortest wet braking. Very balanced and dynamic dry handling.
Weakness in longitudinal aquaplaning.
With no significant weaknesses, the T005 is still worth recommending.

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3rd: Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3

Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 12.57kgs
  • Tread: 7.6mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd34.9 M34.6 M+0.3 M99.14%
Dry Handling10th123.1 Km/H125.8 Km/H-2.7 Km/H97.85%
Wet Braking1st29.5 M100%
Wet Handling8th85.6 Km/H88.4 Km/H-2.8 Km/H96.83%
Wet Circle3rd6.54 m/s6.67 m/s-0.13 m/s98.05%
Straight Aqua10th63 Km/H73.3 Km/H-10.3 Km/H85.95%
Curved Aquaplaning8th2.5 m/sec22.9 m/sec2-0.4 m/sec286.21%
Noise9th70.6 dB67.3 dB+3.3 dB95.33%
Price6th160 130 +30 81.25%
Rolling Resistance8th8.5 kg / t6.5 kg / t+2 kg / t76.47%
Very short braking distances in the wet, safe wet handling.
Limited aquaplaning resistance, sluggish steering response, poor feedback.
The tyre focuses on being excellent in safety.

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4th: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: B/A/72
  • Weight: 10.55kgs
  • Tread: 6.6mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th35.4 M34.6 M+0.8 M97.74%
Dry Handling3rd125.5 Km/H125.8 Km/H-0.3 Km/H99.76%
Wet Braking6th31.8 M29.5 M+2.3 M92.77%
Wet Handling5th85.9 Km/H88.4 Km/H-2.5 Km/H97.17%
Wet Circle8th6.46 m/s6.67 m/s-0.21 m/s96.85%
Straight Aqua5th65.7 Km/H73.3 Km/H-7.6 Km/H89.63%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd2.8 m/sec22.9 m/sec2-0.1 m/sec296.55%
Noise10th71.1 dB67.3 dB+3.8 dB94.66%
Price10th209 130 +79 62.2%
Rolling Resistance3rd7.5 kg / t6.5 kg / t+1 kg / t86.67%
Tyres designed for Audi focus more on dry performance than wet, plus the noise foam makes this a quiet tyre.
Limited performance in the wet.
Only the Audi AO self seal version of the PC6 was available in this size.

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5th: Nexen N Fera Sport SU2

Nexen N Fera Sport SU2
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  • Weight: 12.51kgs
  • Tread: 6.8mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th35.4 M34.6 M+0.8 M97.74%
Dry Handling3rd125.5 Km/H125.8 Km/H-0.3 Km/H99.76%
Wet Braking3rd30.8 M29.5 M+1.3 M95.78%
Wet Handling10th84.5 Km/H88.4 Km/H-3.9 Km/H95.59%
Wet Circle8th6.46 m/s6.67 m/s-0.21 m/s96.85%
Straight Aqua1st73.3 Km/H100%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd2.8 m/sec22.9 m/sec2-0.1 m/sec296.55%
Noise1st67.3 dB100%
Price3rd138 130 +8 94.2%
Rolling Resistance10th8.7 kg / t6.5 kg / t+2.2 kg / t74.71%
Safe braking in the wet, good aquaplaning resistance, very easy to control in the dry, comfortable and quiet.
Limited wet cornering grip.
Inexpensive but balanced, just limited wet cornering performance.

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6th: Nokian PowerProof

Nokian PowerProof
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 12.18kgs
  • Tread: 7.8mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking3rd35.3 M34.6 M+0.7 M98.02%
Dry Handling9th124.7 Km/H125.8 Km/H-1.1 Km/H99.13%
Wet Braking5th31.4 M29.5 M+1.9 M93.95%
Wet Handling5th85.9 Km/H88.4 Km/H-2.5 Km/H97.17%
Wet Circle4th6.52 m/s6.67 m/s-0.15 m/s97.75%
Straight Aqua8th65.2 Km/H73.3 Km/H-8.1 Km/H88.95%
Curved Aquaplaning10th2.4 m/sec22.9 m/sec2-0.5 m/sec282.76%
Noise6th69.6 dB67.3 dB+2.3 dB96.7%
Price4th144 130 +14 90.28%
Rolling Resistance5th7.7 kg / t6.5 kg / t+1.2 kg / t84.42%
Neutral to understeer balance in the wet, precise steering and easy to control in the dry.
Low aquaplaning resistance, noisy.
Good for every day summer weather, deficits only in heavy rain.

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7th: Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Michelin Pilot Sport 4
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  • Weight: 11.19kgs
  • Tread: 6.8mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th35.4 M34.6 M+0.8 M97.74%
Dry Handling5th125.4 Km/H125.8 Km/H-0.4 Km/H99.68%
Wet Braking8th33.3 M29.5 M+3.8 M88.59%
Wet Handling9th84.7 Km/H88.4 Km/H-3.7 Km/H95.81%
Wet Circle10th6.4 m/s6.67 m/s-0.27 m/s95.95%
Straight Aqua3rd69.7 Km/H73.3 Km/H-3.6 Km/H95.09%
Curved Aquaplaning5th2.7 m/sec22.9 m/sec2-0.2 m/sec293.1%
Noise3rd68.3 dB67.3 dB+1 dB98.54%
Price9th208 130 +78 62.5%
Rolling Resistance2nd7.2 kg / t6.5 kg / t+0.7 kg / t90.28%
Dynamic and precise steering in the dry while still being safe in wet braking.
Narrow limit of grip in the wet, quiet sensitive to puddles.
Impressively precise and direct in the dry, showing its age in the wet.

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8th: Falken Azenis FK510

Falken Azenis FK510
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: D/A/69
  • Weight: 12.41kgs
  • Tread: 7.3mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking9th36.3 M34.6 M+1.7 M95.32%
Dry Handling5th125.4 Km/H125.8 Km/H-0.4 Km/H99.68%
Wet Braking7th32.3 M29.5 M+2.8 M91.33%
Wet Handling7th85.7 Km/H88.4 Km/H-2.7 Km/H96.95%
Wet Circle6th6.5 m/s6.67 m/s-0.17 m/s97.45%
Straight Aqua9th63.4 Km/H73.3 Km/H-9.9 Km/H86.49%
Curved Aquaplaning6th2.6 m/sec22.9 m/sec2-0.3 m/sec289.66%
Noise8th70.4 dB67.3 dB+3.1 dB95.6%
Price5th155 130 +25 83.87%
Rolling Resistance9th8.6 kg / t6.5 kg / t+2.1 kg / t75.58%
Acceptable wet braking performance, good grip in the wet and dry.
Limited aquapaning resistance, poor balance in the dry, limited sportiness.
Well priced and essentially safe in the wet.

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9th: Maxxis Victra Sport 5

Maxxis Victra Sport 5
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 11.89kgs
  • Tread: 7.2mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking8th35.6 M34.6 M+1 M97.19%
Dry Handling8th125.2 Km/H125.8 Km/H-0.6 Km/H99.52%
Wet Braking9th34.3 M29.5 M+4.8 M86.01%
Wet Handling3rd86.8 Km/H88.4 Km/H-1.6 Km/H98.19%
Wet Circle2nd6.63 m/s6.67 m/s-0.04 m/s99.4%
Straight Aqua4th67.5 Km/H73.3 Km/H-5.8 Km/H92.09%
Curved Aquaplaning8th2.5 m/sec22.9 m/sec2-0.4 m/sec286.21%
Noise4th68.5 dB67.3 dB+1.2 dB98.25%
Price2nd137 130 +7 94.89%
Rolling Resistance6th8.1 kg / t6.5 kg / t+1.6 kg / t80.25%
Despite poor wet braking, surprisingly good and dynamic steering in wet handling.
Poor steering precision in the dry, limited wet braking and aquaplaning resistance, uncomfortable.
Good dry performance but limited unbalanced grip in the wet.

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10th: GT Radial SportActive 2

GT-Radial SportActive 2
  • 245/45 R19 102Y
  • EU Label: C/A/69
  • Weight: 10.05kgs
  • Tread: 7.6mm
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking10th37.3 M34.6 M+2.7 M92.76%
Dry Handling7th125.3 Km/H125.8 Km/H-0.5 Km/H99.6%
Wet Braking10th34.4 M29.5 M+4.9 M85.76%
Wet Handling4th86.1 Km/H88.4 Km/H-2.3 Km/H97.4%
Wet Circle5th6.51 m/s6.67 m/s-0.16 m/s97.6%
Straight Aqua2nd70.1 Km/H73.3 Km/H-3.2 Km/H95.63%
Curved Aquaplaning1st2.9 m/sec2100%
Noise2nd67.8 dB67.3 dB+0.5 dB99.26%
Price1st130 100%
Rolling Resistance7th8.3 kg / t6.5 kg / t+1.8 kg / t78.31%
Good aquaplaning resistance, safe and easy to control in the dry.
Long dry and wet braking distances, less driving stability in the wet.
Inexpensive tyre with some strengths but also noticeable weaknesses.

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