GT Radial Champiro UHP1

The GT Radial Champiro UHP1 is a Ultra High Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Dry Grip 74%
Wet Grip 68%
Road Feedback 61%
Handling 64%
Wear 48%
Comfort 62%
Buy again 45%

Tyre review data from 15 tyre reviews averaging 60% over 189,237 miles driven.

The Champiro UHP1 is ranked 122nd of 143 Summer Ultra High Performance tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2014 Auto Express Summer Tyre Test - 10th of 10 tyres

  • Overall - Chinese tyres have come along way, and while the new GT Radial UHP1 finished last, it was much closer than previous years. Winning the dry handling tests, the UHP feels sharp, with good turn in and grip, but things start to fall apart in the wet. Last in the aquaplaning tests, it fared slightly better and finished mid pack in the wet cornering and braking tests, stopping just one metre longer than the winning Dunlop. 9th place rolling resistance, using 7% more fuel than the winner
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2014 Auto Bild 50 Summer Tyre Shootout - 38th of 50 tyres

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2014 Tyre Tests

  • 10th: 2014 Auto Express Summer Tyre Test (205/55 R16)
  • 38th: 2014 Auto Bild 50 Summer Tyre Shootout (225/50 R17)
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    Top 3 GT Radial Champiro UHP1 Reviews

    Given 67% while driving a Audi A4 (225/50 R17) on mostly motorways for 60,000 average miles
    I had this for 60,00km.
    They were meh.... during dry roads. But during wet... you should definitely be paying attention to the steering wheel because is like they were made of stained steel, a lot of aquaplaning. But, as they are made from stained steel and not rubber, they are very hard on potholes, almost indestructible.
    About noise, not too bad, but not in the premium league. I had some European tires that were noisier, but not the premium type.
    Helpful 19 - tyre reviewed on September 18, 2023
    Given 43% while driving a Audi 2.0tdi 140 sline sportback (235/40 R18 W) on mostly motorways for 200 spirited miles
    A terrible tyre. Had to fit it as my usual pattern was not available.
    Very poor grip kn wet riads, noisy and lacks a sporty response
    Helpful 80 - tyre reviewed on June 27, 2016
    Honda (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 18,000 easy going miles
    I`ve bought 4 brand new tyres that lasted for more or less 18.000 miles, but with an easy going driving style. The worst in these tyres is its wear, that after little use started to present much wear for the driving style and myles done. It started to open cracks on the rubber on the outsode but worst on the inside.
    Helpful 29 - tyre reviewed on August 26, 2018
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    Given 57% while driving a Nissan Pulsar VZ R (195/55 R15) on mostly country roads for 15 spirited miles
    Managed to get these at a good price through a friend to replace terrible tyres on a car I'd purchased that had been sitting for a bit. Figured they would be a compromise between performance and thrift. They are. Dry grips is okay through corrnering. Wet grip was sufficient for the way that I drive. I don't really take much notice of noise and comfort. Main compaints for this tyre were that I'd find that they would often chirp when accelerating with a lot of enthusiasm. I'm not talking about dumping my clutch or anything, just getting rolling a little quicker. Can definitely hear when grip limit is being approached. Found them safe to push in the dry but grip limit isn't enough for me. Also found that they didn't have the steering responsiveness that I hoped for.
    Helpful 32 - tyre reviewed on March 19, 2017
    Given 31% while driving a Mazda 6 (225/45 R19 W) on a combination of roads for 12 average miles
    This tire was great for the first 5,000 miles, then the road noise came. I feel like i am driving a 4x4. Worst tire i have ever owned. People keep asking of my window is down over bluetooth. When these are worn out going to go back to another brand and pay a little more.
    Helpful 27 - tyre reviewed on April 30, 2016
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    Given 47% while driving a Ford Focus (215/50 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
    Champiro UHP1 fitted on front wheels but after 10 months star shaped cracks between all the outer treads on both tyres, unfortunately their dealers are not allowed to make a decision on whether tyre is faulty or not, so tyres will have to be taken off and returned to the manufacturer for evaluation and decision will be made within 14 days as to cause (which is obviously manufacturing fault), so presumably car will have to be on axle stands for 14 days waiting for decision, been out and bought 2 new branded tyres
    Helpful 22 - tyre reviewed on July 10, 2015
    Given 71% while driving a Citroën C5 (215/55 R16 V) on a combination of roads for 9,000 average miles
    Absolutely wonderful tyre in all aspects bar one, the rate of wear. I drive a Citroen C5 Hdi and after10 months and 9000 miles I have to look to replacing the front tyres. Just had the car MOT'd and it's on the advisory sheet.
    Maybe it's the car and the wear is ok on other cars, I don't know. I do know that I'm hardly Lewis Hamilton in the car and I think you should be able to expect more than 10000 from a set of tyres. But other than that, in both wet and dry, I found it a fantastic tyre.
    Helpful 28 - tyre reviewed on May 20, 2015
    Given 81% while driving a Honda Civic Type R (225/40 R18 W) on mostly town for 0 average miles
    I got my new summer tyres GT Radial Champiro UHP1, I have Honda Civic Type R.
    Size of the tyre 225/40 R18. Price was 75€ each.
    Good grip on dry and in wet. I must say that people complained about Noise. These are 72db, and as i am driving in the city are ok. In highway 120km/h, they are bit more noisy. I have an issue that I need to check the pressure from time to time as they are losing a bit os pressure. I put 2.4 front wheels and after 2 weeks they are 2.2. I am guessing it was a problem from the installation, but i will investigate more. Otherwise, they look good and i am driving them.
    Helpful 23 - tyre reviewed on May 15, 2015
    Given 79% while driving a Audi A7 3.0TDi Auto (255/45 R18 W) on mostly motorways for 16,000 spirited miles
    I fitted a set of GT Radial UHP1 to my Audi A7 after the original Goodyears had come off at 18,000 miles. To be honest I didn't really notice any difference to the Goodyears in terms of wet & dry grip. They gave me 16,000 miles which was ok considering the GYs done 18 & the GTs were about 70% of the price of a set of GYs.
    Helpful 21 - tyre reviewed on February 5, 2015
    Given 44% while driving a Ford Mondeo Titanium X (235/40 R18 W) on mostly town for 6,000 average miles
    I bought these tyres as a mid price tyre as i was fed up paying for top mark prices i.e contis etc.
    At first the tyres seemed ok but after 6,000 miles all four tyres are cracked and perished around all the tread blocks.
    They look like ten year old tyres which is totally unacceptable for tyres made on the 35th week of 2012 and it is now only the 12th week of 2012
    I will never use them again as a work colleage has the same issue with his gt radial champiro uhp1 tyres and he has only had them on for 6 months.
    looks like i will have to go back to conti's or goodyear after all.
    Helpful 29 - tyre reviewed on March 8, 2014
    Given 93% while driving a Audi A3 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 10 spirited miles
    value for money
    Helpful 19 - tyre reviewed on January 23, 2014
    Given 50% while driving a Vauxhall Insignia CDTI 160 (245/45 R18 W) on mostly motorways for 14,000 average miles
    I was initially very impressed with the characteristics of these tyres however as the months have gone by they have let me down. There was an increased amount of road noise at first however this was balanced with greater grip especially in the wet compared to my previous tyres. The tyres where fitted by a main dealer as a mid range option & I read many reviews saying that they handled well and where also durable. This has not been my experience however as the middle band of the tyres have worn considerably and are now below 1mm after just 14,000 miles. I noticed they were wearing quickly but feel shocked now I have recently checked them. My car has tyre pressure sensors fitted that are accurate & I check this weekly. I have always ran them at manufacturers recommendations. This is an automatic family car that is driven relatively sedately and have been a waste of money having only lasted 8 months and 14000 miles. I shall unfortunately have to buy again and go back to a big name brand>
    Helpful 22 - tyre reviewed on January 11, 2014
    Given 73% while driving a Ford Focus ST170 (225/45 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 1,000 average miles
    Took ages for me to find a decent set of tyres on a budget but went for these instead of real cheap ones due to safety in the wet. Had continental sport contacts on the car originally which were superb all round and would love to have had them again so these in comparison don't do too bad considering price. Not had them long enough to comment on wear but for all other areas this tyre does the job. Not amazing but you feel safer and more confident than the cheap brands you never heard of. Comments mentioned about the noise is true, they are a bit more noisier than others but you can't have everything if you don't pay for it so I can settle with these purely for the what you get for your money. Very pleased.
    Helpful 21 - tyre reviewed on July 16, 2013
    Given 67% while driving a Saab Automobile 95 (225/45 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 60,000 average miles
    I previously had used 2 sets of the older HPX GT Tyres, they were very good in all conditions, I recently had a pair of the new UHP1 tyres fitted on the front, in most areas they are good. In the recent snow, approx 30-50 mm deep they gave very little traction, the worst issue with them is that they are very sensitive to changes in road camber something the older HPX tyres did not seem as affected by. Not sure I would purchase further GT tyres for this application.
    Helpful 18 - tyre reviewed on April 4, 2013
    Given 41% while driving a Jaguar S Type 2.7D (245/45 R17) on mostly town for 5,000 easy going miles
    Not worth the effort, grip is above what you would expect from a low price tyre but the wear rate and noise level makes this tyre a waste of money. 5000 miles from the rear (drive tyres) and only 6000 from the front.
    Helpful 19 - tyre reviewed on January 16, 2013