Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 VS Asymmetric 3 VS Continental PremiumContact 6 - In depth test

As the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 is now available for purchase, I've tested it against the much loved, previous generation Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, and a leading competitor, the Continental PremiumContact 6.
 

Overall, the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 was a good step forward when compared to the Asymmetric 3 in all key areas, and on par with the Continental PremiumContact 6. The gap between the Continental and the Goodyear is now so close, that in a different tyre size to this (225/40 R18), some of the test results might be flipped.

Dry

During dry braking, the Asymmetric 3 took a surprise win, beating the Asymmetric 5 and PremiumContact 6.

During dry handling the Continental was the fastest tyre on test, with the Asymmetric 5 and PremiumContact 6 both having an excellent subjective balance.

Wet

The PremiumContact 6 had a small advantage during wet braking.

The Asymmetric 5 and PremiumContact 6 posted exactly the same laptimes, with the Goodyear providing a slightly better balance.

The new Asymmetric 5 proved to be best in straight aquaplaning, with the PremiumContact 6 ahead in curved aquaplaning.

Environment

The Asymmetric 5 had both the lowest internal noise and highlest levels of comfort on test, though it was again very close between the Asymmetric 5 and PremiumContact 6.

Results

1st: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
  • 225/40 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.3 M99.12%
Dry Handling2nd+1.12 s98.82%
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking2nd+0.4 M98.88%
Wet Handling1st100%
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua1st100%
Subj. Comfort1st
Noise1st100%
Best comfort, high levels of wet grip with an excellent balance in the dry and wet.
Slight loss of steering feedback in really high speed cornering.
An excellent balanced tyre and a good step over the previous Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3.

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1st: Continental Premium Contact 6

Continental Premium Contact 6
  • 225/40 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.6 M98.25%
Dry Handling1st100%
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Subj. Wet Handling2nd-1 Points
Straight Aqua3rd-1.1 Km/H98.56%
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points
Noise2nd+0.2 dB99.71%
Fastest dry lap time, quick precise steering in the dry, excellent curved aquaplaning.
Slightly nervous in the wet, higher levels of wear during dry handling.
High levels of grip in all conditions, with precise steering and good levels of comfort.

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3rd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3
  • 225/40 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling3rd+2.3 s97.61%
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-2 Points
Wet Braking3rd+1.2 M96.7%
Wet Handling3rd+0.85 s98.71%
Subj. Wet Handling2nd-1 Points
Straight Aqua2nd-0.1 Km/H99.87%
Subj. Comfort3rd-2 Points
Noise3rd+1.5 dB97.83%
Shortest dry braking.
The replacement Asymmetric 5 improves this tyre in nearly all areas.

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