By Denna Bowman
Ultra-high performance tyres from Goodyear, Dunlop & Michelin have been rated best in a major consumer test.
The trio of manufacturers topped the Consumer Reports’ tests which rated 21 different models from 19 companies.
The ultra-high-performance tyres were put through their paces at CR’s Auto Test Center in Connecticut.
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric, Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT and Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 all achieved “Excellent” overall scores in Consumer Reports’ evaluations of braking, handling, hydroplaning, tread life, rolling resistance, and noise.
Only the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymetric got Excellent ratings in four of the five braking, handling, and hydroplaning tests. It posted a “Very Good” score in the wet braking test.
In addition to testing summer UHP tyres, Consumer Reports also rated 17 models of all-season ultra-high-performance tyres and 15 models of performance winter tyres.
The three top-scoring tyres in the all-season ultra-high performance category are the Pirelli P Zero Nero All-Season; the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01; and the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus. The Pilot Sport A/S Plus tied with the fourth-place finisher, the Continental Extreme Contact DWS.
The three top-rated tyres in the performance winter category are the Nokian WR G2; Hankook Winter i*Cept Evo; and the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3.