2023 Sport Auto UHP Tyre Test

The 2023 Sport Auto summer tyre test has set out to discover what the best UHP summer tyre is by testing eleven summer tyres in the popular 225/40 R18 size using an Audi S3.

Once again the Continental SportContact 7 won the test with a strong performance in the dry and wet, with the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 close behind in second place and the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S in third place.

There seems to be a running theme in 2023 tyre testing, and that is the SportContact 7 and Asymmetric 6 are incredible tyres!

Dry BrakingContinental SportContact 7: 33.7 MGiti GitiSportS2: 35.4 M
Dry HandlingContinental SportContact 7: 101.8 Km/HNexen N Fera Sport SU2: 099.0 Km/H
Wet BrakingGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6: 23.8 MPirelli P Zero PZ4: 26.6 M
Wet HandlingBridgestone Potenza Sport: 88.7 Km/HFalken Azenis FK520: 83.1 Km/H
Wet CircleBridgestone Potenza Sport: 8.81 m/sNexen N Fera Sport SU2: 8.28 m/s
Straight AquaGiti GitiSportS2: 80.6 Km/HGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6: 79.1 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningMichelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 3.63 m/sec2Nexen N Fera Sport SU2: 3.09 m/sec2
NoiseKumho Ecsta PS91: 69.7 dBContinental SportContact 7: 73.3 dB
PriceNexen N Fera Sport SU2: 084 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 181
Rolling ResistanceFirestone Firehawk Sport: 07.1 kg / tBridgestone Potenza Sport: 10.2 kg / t


The new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 proved to have a small advantage over the Continental SportContact 7 during the wet braking test. The new Firestone Firehawk Sport also performed well, with the Pirelli P Zero PZ4 performing oddly poorly compared to its recent run of impressive test results.

The Bridgestone Potenza Sport took its usual spot at the top of wet handling, with the Continental and Pirelli close behind.

The new Falken FK520, Giti GitiSportS2 and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S all joint won the straight aquaplaning test. Curved aquaplaning can be found in the overall results at the base of the page.


The Continental and Goodyear were back at the front for dry braking.

And the Continental also narrowly beat the Bridgestone Potenza Sport for the fastest lap around dry handling.


The Kumho Ecsta PS91 was the quietest tyre in the external noise drive by test.

The Firestone had an impressively low rolling resistance, with the Bridgestone having an impressive high one!

At usual, the Michelin tyre was the most expensive on test.


View Results as a single table and adjust the score weighting

1st: Continental SportContact 7

Continental SportContact 7
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 9.76kgs
  • Tread: 5.8mm
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking2nd+0.3 M98.76%
Wet Handling2nd-1.2 Km/H98.65%
Wet Circle2nd-0.23 m/s97.39%
Straight Aqua4th-0.5 Km/H99.38%
Curved Aquaplaning8th-0.26 m/sec292.84%
Noise11th+3.6 dB95.09%
Price8th+28 75%
Rolling Resistance2nd+1.1 kg / t86.59%
Very balanced handling and short braking distances in the wet. Very high level of grip when braking and cornering in the dry, very stable, fast handling.
Cornering grip in the wet not quite at the top level, increased pass-by noise.
High grip level and best driving safety in wet and dry conditions for the Continental SC7.

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2nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: C/A/70
  • Weight: 9.75kgs
  • Tread: 6.4mm
Dry Braking2nd+0.1 M99.7%
Dry Handling4th-1.2 Km/H98.82%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling4th-2.3 Km/H97.41%
Wet Circle4th-0.29 m/s96.71%
Straight Aqua11th-1.5 Km/H98.14%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.25 m/sec293.11%
Noise3rd+1.2 dB98.31%
Price4th+19 81.55%
Rolling Resistance3rd+1.2 kg / t85.54%
Shortest braking distances, best balance, very safe and wide limit in the wet. Strong braking, quick steering and high driving safety in the dry.
Cornering grip not at top level in wet conditions.
The EF1A6 is particularly strong on a dry track, top braking.

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3rd: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: D/A/72
  • Weight: 10.03kgs
  • Tread: 7.24mm
Dry Braking3rd+0.2 M99.41%
Dry Handling4th-1.2 Km/H98.82%
Wet Braking5th+0.7 M97.14%
Wet Handling8th-4.1 Km/H95.38%
Wet Circle7th-0.35 m/s96.03%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Noise10th+2.4 dB96.67%
Price11th+97 46.41%
Rolling Resistance9th+2.5 kg / t73.96%
Good wet braking, brilliant aquaplaning safety. Strong braking, great precision and very low sensitivity to load changes on a dry track.
Difficult balance in wet handling. Increased values in rolling resistance and tyre noise.
Top aquaplaning protection and strong in the dry for the Pilot Sport 4S, but slight deficits when wet.

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4th: Firestone Firehawk Sport

Firestone Firehawk Sport
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: B/A/70
  • Weight: 9.44kgs
  • Tread: 6.5mm
Dry Braking7th+0.8 M97.68%
Dry Handling3rd-1.1 Km/H98.92%
Wet Braking3rd+0.5 M97.94%
Wet Handling5th-2.5 Km/H97.18%
Wet Circle6th-0.33 m/s96.25%
Straight Aqua7th-1.2 Km/H98.51%
Curved Aquaplaning9th-0.44 m/sec287.88%
Noise6th+1.6 dB97.76%
Price8th+28 75%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Good wet braking, very reliable wet grip with very precise steering, stable. Very balanced, easily controllable driving characteristics dry, lowest rolling resistance.
Deficits in curved aquaplaning.
Strong performance for the new Firestone FireHawk Sport, lowest rolling resistance.

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5th: Pirelli P Zero PZ4

Pirelli P Zero PZ4
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: C/B/71
  • Weight: 9.16kgs
  • Tread: 7.2mm
Dry Braking4th+0.4 M98.83%
Dry Handling7th-1.3 Km/H98.72%
Wet Braking11th+2.8 M89.47%
Wet Handling3rd-2 Km/H97.75%
Wet Circle3rd-0.24 m/s97.28%
Straight Aqua5th-0.7 Km/H99.13%
Curved Aquaplaning5th-0.23 m/sec293.66%
Noise4th+1.4 dB98.03%
Price7th+27 75.68%
Rolling Resistance9th+2.5 kg / t73.96%
Very easy to control and steer with a balanced, slightly understeering balance in the wet. Very quick steering, high lateral support and sensitive balance when cornering.
Weak wet braking, increased rolling resistance.
Strong when dry. Weaknesses in wet braking for the PZ4.

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6th: Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Bridgestone Potenza Sport
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: D/A/70
  • Weight: 10.3kgs
  • Tread: 6.43mm
Dry Braking9th+1.5 M95.74%
Dry Handling2nd-0.7 Km/H99.31%
Wet Braking10th+1.6 M93.7%
Wet Handling1st100%
Wet Circle1st100%
Straight Aqua9th-1.3 Km/H98.39%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.25 m/sec293.11%
Noise9th+1.9 dB97.35%
Price10th+30 73.68%
Rolling Resistance11th+3.1 kg / t69.61%
Razor-sharp wet handling with high cornering. Safe, active handling on dry roads.
Longer braking distances at low temperatures and slightly rear-biased in the wet. Weak dry braking, highest rolling resistance in the test.
When the Bridgestone Potenza Sport is warm, it has very good grip in all directions.

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7th: Falken Azenis FK520

Falken Azenis FK520
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: C/A/70
  • Weight: 10.02kgs
  • Tread: 7.2mm
Dry Braking9th+1.5 M95.74%
Dry Handling4th-1.2 Km/H98.82%
Wet Braking5th+0.7 M97.14%
Wet Handling11th-5.6 Km/H93.69%
Wet Circle10th-0.51 m/s94.21%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning4th-0.16 m/sec295.59%
Noise6th+1.6 dB97.76%
Price3rd+12 87.5%
Rolling Resistance4th+1.5 kg / t82.56%
Good wet braking, safe aquaplaning properties. Safe but less dynamic cornering, best ride comfort.
Dull steering, somewhat indifferent balance in the wet. Less spontaneous steering and slightly longer braking distances when dry.
The new FK520 is comfortable, but steers sluggishly on wet roads.

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8th: Kumho Ecsta PS91

Kumho Ecsta PS91
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: D/A/70
  • Weight: 9.86kgs
  • Tread: 7.2mm
Dry Braking5th+0.7 M97.97%
Dry Handling10th-1.8 Km/H98.23%
Wet Braking9th+1.4 M94.44%
Wet Handling7th-3.9 Km/H95.6%
Wet Circle9th-0.43 m/s95.12%
Straight Aqua7th-1.2 Km/H98.51%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.11 m/sec296.97%
Price4th+19 81.55%
Rolling Resistance8th+2.4 kg / t74.74%
Decent water drainage, acceptable cornering grip and low load change reactions in the wet. Good deceleration values on dry roads, very quiet passing noise.
Longer braking distances and significant understeer in the wet. Sluggish steering, increased rolling resistance.
The PS91 is a quiet tyre but has weaknesses in wet and dry grip.

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9th: Maxxis Victra Sport 5

Maxxis Victra Sport 5
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 8.97kgs
  • Tread: 7.32mm
Dry Braking5th+0.7 M97.97%
Dry Handling9th-1.7 Km/H98.33%
Wet Braking4th+0.6 M97.54%
Wet Handling6th-2.9 Km/H96.73%
Wet Circle5th-0.32 m/s96.37%
Straight Aqua6th-0.8 Km/H99.01%
Curved Aquaplaning9th-0.44 m/sec287.88%
Noise6th+1.6 dB97.76%
Price2nd+5 94.38%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.9 kg / t78.89%
Good wet braking, easily controllable, tends to understeer in the wet and dry.
Low curve aquaplaning resistance, cornering grip decreases with longer loads.
The VS5 has safe braking and good grip level in wet and dry corners.

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10th: Giti GitiSportS2

Giti GitiSportS2
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: D/A/70
  • Weight: 8.79kgs
  • Tread: 7.93mm
Dry Braking11th+1.7 M95.2%
Dry Handling8th-1.4 Km/H98.62%
Wet Braking8th+1 M95.97%
Wet Handling9th-4.3 Km/H95.15%
Wet Circle7th-0.35 m/s96.03%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Noise4th+1.4 dB98.03%
Price6th+26 76.36%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.8 kg / t79.78%
Objectively good wet properties, best aquaplaning safety.
When moving dynamically, there is a lack of steering precision and response in the wet. Comparatively long braking distances and unbalanced handling on dry roads.
The Giti SportS2 has superior aquaplaning protection but is sluggish when turning in the dry.

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11th: Nexen N Fera Sport SU2

Nexen N Fera Sport SU2
  • 225/40 R18 92Y
  • EU Label: C/B/72
  • Weight: 9.42kgs
  • Tread: 7.39mm
Dry Braking8th+1.4 M96.01%
Dry Handling11th-2.8 Km/H97.25%
Wet Braking7th+0.8 M96.75%
Wet Handling10th-5.2 Km/H94.14%
Wet Circle11th-0.53 m/s93.98%
Straight Aqua10th-1.4 Km/H98.26%
Curved Aquaplaning11th-0.54 m/sec285.12%
Noise2nd+0.5 dB99.29%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.8 kg / t79.78%
Good wet braking, decent longitudinal aquaplaning. Quiet pass-by noise.
Very sluggish steering and high levels of understeer in the wet. Long braking distances and less dynamic handling on a dry track.
The N`Fera Sport SU2 brakes properly when wet, otherwise rather low level of grip.

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