Yonkers, New York – Ultra-high-performance summer tires from Goodyear, Dunlop and Michelin topped the ratings of 21 different models from 19 companies in tests performed by Consumer Reports.
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric, Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT and Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 all achieved “Excellent” overall scores in evaluations of braking, handling, hydroplaning, tread life, rolling resistance and noise. The Continental Extreme Contact DW and Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110 scored just below the top three. Both were priced lower, but the Hankook was considerably less than the top three tires.
With short, low-profile sidewalls and a wide tread, ultra-high-performance (UHP) tires are designed for grip and superior handling, but they usually wear more quickly and cost more than standard all-season passenger tires. Once found only on high-end vehicles, they are now showing up as original equipment on many lower-priced cars, such as the MazdaSpeed3 and Mini Cooper S, the magazine said.