2024 Sports Car Tyre Test

Every year Autobild Sports Cars aims to go big, and this year they've literally have, testing UUHP summer tyres! In search for the sportiest performance tyre, they used a Mercedes AMG test vehicle which is fitted with 265/35 R19 front and 295/30 R20 rear tyres.

As usual the excellent drivers at AutoBild put seven sets of UUHP / maximum performance tyres to the test in the dry and wet, as well as testing the rolling resistance and noise levels of the tyres.

It's a good bunch of tyres, and includes the brand new Vredestein Ultrac Pro (which replaces the Ultrac Vorti) against the very best in the category.

Dry BrakingBridgestone Potenza Sport: 37 MWinrun R330: 44.8 M
Dry HandlingMichelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 109.9 Km/HWinrun R330: 106.2 Km/H
Wet BrakingContinental SportContact 7: 49.2 MWinrun R330: 68.3 M
Wet HandlingContinental SportContact 7: 78.9 Km/HWinrun R330: 65 Km/H
Wet CircleContinental SportContact 7: 10.78 sWinrun R330: 13.03 s
Straight AquaVredestein Ultrac Pro: 100.3 Km/HWinrun R330: 94.3 Km/H
NoiseVredestein Ultrac Pro: 70.5 dBGoodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport: 73.9 dB
Rolling ResistanceMichelin Pilot Sport 4 S: 8.11 kg / tGoodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport: 9.76 kg / t

Dry

The Bridgestone Potenza Sport was the best in dry braking, ahead of the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S and Continental SportContact 7.

The Michelin was the fastest around the dry handling lap, but the Tyre Reviews favourite, the Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport got the best subjective marks. The Bridgestone overheated after a few laps and had very high wear, something Tyre Reviews has noticed many times.

Wet

Continental was at the front during wet braking.

And it was fastest around the wet handling lap, and the fastest in the wet circle, showing it's incredibly high wet grip.

The new Vredestein Ultrac Pro was best in the deeper water of aquaplaning.

Comfort

The Vredestein was also the quietest on test.

Value

Michelin were back at the front during the rolling resistance test, where the sporty Goodyear really struggled.

Please note: All the data such as EU label and weight is for the rear axle size.

Results

1st: Continental SportContact 7

Continental SportContact 7
  • 295/30 R20 101Y
  • EU Label: C/A/73
  • Weight: 12.8kgs
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking3rd38.5 M37 M+1.5 M96.1%
Dry Handling2nd109.2 Km/H109.9 Km/H-0.7 Km/H99.36%
Wet Braking1st49.2 M100%
Wet Handling1st78.9 Km/H100%
Wet Circle1st10.78 s100%
Straight Aqua3rd97.6 Km/H100.3 Km/H-2.7 Km/H97.31%
Noise5th73.4 dB70.5 dB+2.9 dB96.05%
Rolling Resistance4th8.36 kg / t8.11 kg / t+0.25 kg / t97.01%
A convincing super sports car that hardly shows any weakness, precise steering response, dynamic handling on wet and dry tracks, excellent balance, short braking distances, good aquaplaning reserves.
Slightly increased rolling noise.

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2nd: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S
  • 295/30 R20 101Y
  • EU Label: C/A/73
  • Weight: 13.2kgs
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd37.8 M37 M+0.8 M97.88%
Dry Handling1st109.9 Km/H100%
Wet Braking5th53.4 M49.2 M+4.2 M92.13%
Wet Handling4th76.6 Km/H78.9 Km/H-2.3 Km/H97.08%
Wet Circle3rd11.14 s10.78 s+0.36 s96.77%
Straight Aqua6th94.4 Km/H100.3 Km/H-5.9 Km/H94.12%
Noise2nd71.2 dB70.5 dB+0.7 dB99.02%
Rolling Resistance1st8.11 kg / t100%
Balanced sports tyre that excels on both wet and dry roads, precise steering, good feedback, good balance, short braking distances, quiet rolling noise.
Average aquaplaning safety reserves.

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3rd: Vredestein Ultrac Pro

Vredestein Ultrac Pro
  • 295/30 R20 101Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 14.1kgs
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th39.1 M37 M+2.1 M94.63%
Dry Handling4th108.5 Km/H109.9 Km/H-1.4 Km/H98.73%
Wet Braking4th53.1 M49.2 M+3.9 M92.66%
Wet Handling3rd77 Km/H78.9 Km/H-1.9 Km/H97.59%
Wet Circle4th11.15 s10.78 s+0.37 s96.68%
Straight Aqua1st100.3 Km/H100%
Noise1st70.5 dB100%
Rolling Resistance3rd8.35 kg / t8.11 kg / t+0.24 kg / t97.13%
Brand-new, dynamically balanced sports tyre with very good safety reserves for aquaplaning, short braking distances, convincing rolling comfort, and quiet ride noise.
Slightly delayed steering response.

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4th: Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Bridgestone Potenza Sport
  • 295/30 R20 101Y
  • EU Label: C/A/73
  • Weight: 12.9kgs
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st37 M100%
Dry Handling5th107.7 Km/H109.9 Km/H-2.2 Km/H98%
Wet Braking3rd50.6 M49.2 M+1.4 M97.23%
Wet Handling2nd77.8 Km/H78.9 Km/H-1.1 Km/H98.61%
Wet Circle2nd10.89 s10.78 s+0.11 s98.99%
Straight Aqua5th96.8 Km/H100.3 Km/H-3.5 Km/H96.51%
Noise6th73.8 dB70.5 dB+3.3 dB95.53%
Rolling Resistance5th8.53 kg / t8.11 kg / t+0.42 kg / t95.08%
Dynamic handling characteristics and impressive grip on wet tracks, short braking distances, direct steering, good balance.
After a few laps on a dry racetrack, there is significant wear and tear (leading to downgrading).

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5th: Hankook Ventus S1 Evo Z K129

Hankook Ventus S1 Evo Z K129
  • 295/30 R20 101Y
  • EU Label: C/A/75
  • Weight: 12.5kgs
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th39.7 M37 M+2.7 M93.2%
Dry Handling6th106.6 Km/H109.9 Km/H-3.3 Km/H97%
Wet Braking2nd50.2 M49.2 M+1 M98.01%
Wet Handling5th76.1 Km/H78.9 Km/H-2.8 Km/H96.45%
Wet Circle5th11.56 s10.78 s+0.78 s93.25%
Straight Aqua2nd99.5 Km/H100.3 Km/H-0.8 Km/H99.2%
Noise4th72.8 dB70.5 dB+2.3 dB96.84%
Rolling Resistance6th8.55 kg / t8.11 kg / t+0.44 kg / t94.85%
Sporting talent with agile steering, good aquaplaning reserves, and short braking distances on wet roads.
Rear axle's lack of lateral stability leads to a pronounced tendency to oversteer on both wet and dry roads.

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6th: Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport
  • 295/30 R20 101Y
  • EU Label: D/A/75
  • Weight: 13.2kgs
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th39.7 M37 M+2.7 M93.2%
Dry Handling3rd109.1 Km/H109.9 Km/H-0.8 Km/H99.27%
Wet Braking6th57.3 M49.2 M+8.1 M85.86%
Wet Handling6th75.9 Km/H78.9 Km/H-3 Km/H96.2%
Wet Circle6th11.66 s10.78 s+0.88 s92.45%
Straight Aqua4th97.1 Km/H100.3 Km/H-3.2 Km/H96.81%
Noise7th73.9 dB70.5 dB+3.4 dB95.4%
Rolling Resistance7th9.76 kg / t8.11 kg / t+1.65 kg / t83.09%
Dynamic sporting talent with crisp, direct steering on dry roads, good comfort.
Lacking grip and pronounced understeering behavior with extended braking distances on wet surfaces, high rolling resistance.

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7th: Winrun R330

Winrun R330
  • 295/30 R20 101W
  • EU Label: C/B/72
  • Weight: 13.5kgs
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking7th44.8 M37 M+7.8 M82.59%
Dry Handling7th106.2 Km/H109.9 Km/H-3.7 Km/H96.63%
Wet Braking7th68.3 M49.2 M+19.1 M72.04%
Wet Handling7th65 Km/H78.9 Km/H-13.9 Km/H82.38%
Wet Circle7th13.03 s10.78 s+2.25 s82.73%
Straight Aqua7th94.3 Km/H100.3 Km/H-6 Km/H94.02%
Noise3rd71.3 dB70.5 dB+0.8 dB98.88%
Rolling Resistance2nd8.23 kg / t8.11 kg / t+0.12 kg / t98.54%
Average aquaplaning reserves, low rolling resistance.
Lacking wet grip and dangerous driving behavior, delayed steering with poor balance and treacherous oversteering on both wet and dry roads, dangerously long braking distances.

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