Dunlop Winter Sport 5
Launched in 2015, the Dunlop Winter Sport 5 features a wide range of innovative technologies to ensure top quality performance.
Wet & Snow Performance
The Winter Sport 5 features a directional design that includes deep tread grooves. The design forces surface water into these grooves so it can be efficiently channelled away from the tyre's contact patch. This consequently reduces the risk of aquaplaning and helps drivers maintain control on wet roads.
Furthermore, Bridgestone has included angled centre sipes to the Winter Sport 5's tread design. Their angle, length and ability to grab onto surfaces means they improve traction and lateral stability in slippery conditions.
These centre sipes, when combined with the tyre's v-shaped grooves, create an intricate network that helps the tread collect and remove snow from the contact patch, vastly improving the tyre's snow traction and handling.
Moreover, the tyre's high number of tread blocks means there are extra edges in contact with the road surface. This further enhances the tyre's performance on snowy roads.
A final impressive feature of the Winter Sport 5's design is its Multi Blade System. This involves different types of blades for different winter road conditions and allows the tyre to perform consistently well.
Working in conjunction with the Winter Sport 5's cutting edge tread design is its high-percentage silica compound. Inspired by that of Motorsport tyres, this compound is responsible for the tyre's exceptional grip in wet and cold conditions and for its excellent braking and acceleration performance. What's more, this compound ensures the tyre experiences minimal wear and tear.
General Performance & Handling
As would be expected of a premium tyre, the Winter Sport 5 offers excellent general performance and handling characteristics, in addition to its outstanding behaviour in wet and snowy conditions.
First of all, its Specific Bead Seat System strengthens links between the rim and the tyre, which enhances control and improves driving precision.
Furthermore, a jointless belt - which also requires the use of a hybrid overlay technology - prevents the tyre from deforming at speed. This means excellent high speed stability, and, usefully, less irregular tread wear.
All of Dunlop's newer tyres also have a flatter tread profile. Depending on the tyre's type and size, the surface area of the contact patch has increased by approximately 4%-8%. This has a wide range of benefits, including increasing cornering stability and steering precision, improving dry grip, and making wear more even.
Perhaps one of the most impressive aspects of the Winter Sport 5 is its Multi Radius Tread (MRT). The design uses ten different radii for precision. It efficiently distributes pressure in the contact patch, and, as a result, makes transitions from straight stretches to corners smoother. This also has the impact of improving wet and dry braking and cornering control.
Partly thanks to the effectively optimised weight distribution through the tyre, the Winter Sport 5 provides low rolling resistance and excellent fuel efficiency.
As well as features to improve performance, the Winter Sport 5 includes extra technology for comfort. First of all, it features inbuilt rim protectors to prevent kerb damage to your wheel. Secondly, it employs Dunlop's Noise Shield Technology, which reduces tyre noise inside the vehicle by up to 50% and makes for a far more comfortable ride.
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 Features
- Excellent lateral grip on slippery surfaces
- Enhanced performance on snowy roads
- Increased resistance to aquaplaning
- Impressive fuel efficiency
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 Reviews & Tests
2018 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test - Test Winner
Coming top out of the twenty tyres included in this test, the Winter Sport 5 was described as providing precise steering and feedback, in addition to stable handling in all conditions.
2018 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - Third
Once again, the Winter Sport 5 performed well, with no real negatives to mention. Ranking third out of sixteen, it was labelled a very balanced winter tyre, that is especially impressive on snowy roads.
2018 Auto Bild's Winter Tyre Shootout - Fifth
This test was based solely on the tyres' braking distances in wet and snowy conditions. Coming fifth out of the fifty-one tyres included, the Winter Sport 5 outperformed the Pirelli Cinturato Winter, Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 EVO, Nokian WR D4 and the Michelin Alpin 5.
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 Images
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 Sizes
The Winter Sport 5 is available in a range of sizes, for rim diameters of 15" to 19" and speed ratings H, T and V.
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV
Dunlop's Winter Sport 5 is also available for SUVs. Promising the same levels of performance and offering the same technologies as its non-SUV counterpart, it is a strong, durable and reliable winter tyre choice for your SUV.
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV Features
- Enhanced performance in snow
- Reduced risk of aquaplaning
- Excellent fuel efficiency
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV Reviews & Tests
2018 Auto Zeitung SUV Winter Tyre Test - Fourth
Described as "a proven wet specialist with good dry properties," the Winter Sport 5 ranked fourth out of nine and outperformed the Pirelli Scorpion Winter and Bridgestone Blizzak LM80 EVO.
2018 Auto Bild Winter SUV / 4x4 Tyre Test - Fifth
Coming fifth out of ten, in this test the Winter Sport 5 demonstrated sporty handling in wet conditions, in addition to impressive wet braking and a reduced risk of aquaplaning.
2017 ACE SUV Winter Tyre Test - Test Winner
In this test, the Winter Sport 5 emerged on top out of the eight tyres tested for being the best across the board; in wet, dry and snowy conditions.
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV Images
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV Sizes
The SUV version of this popular winter tyre is available for rim diameters of 16" to 20" and speed ratings H, T and V.
If you're interested in the Winter Sport 5 or Winter Sport 5 SUV, then check out our Dunlop brand page to discover the company's other top tread patterns.