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Top 9 UUHP Summer Tyres Tested by Auto Bild

Auto Bild’s UUHP (ultra ultra high performance) annual tyre testing event is as much anticipated in the auto industry as is the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in the fashion industry. (I hope this reference makes sense as it has been a while since my last glimpse at a fashion magazine).

Let’s get back to tyres, where this year’s competition had a new heavyweight debut – Bridgestone Potenza Sport. It was the first test for the Potenza Sport, which only launched just earlier this year.

The last number of years UUHP tyre testing was dominated by superstar tyres like Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S, Continental Sport Contact 6 and Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport. However, this year there was much excitement to see if the new Bridgestone Potenza Sport was able to take the fight to the above-mentioned tyres.

Surprisingly, Ford Mustang was this year’s choice for the test car, mounted with 265 35 r20 tyres.  

So how did the Bridgestone do?

The new Bridgestone Potenza Sport stunned the competition by winning the shortest dry braking, shortest wet braking and setting the fastest wet lap time! Across the four key criteria, it only lost out in the dry handling test, finishing second, less than 2% behind Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyre.

All-in, Bridgestone Potenza Sport won the overall test while identified to offer excellent and precise handling on both, wet and dry.

Bridgestone Potenza Sport tyre with Auto Bild tet winning badge
Bridgestone Potenza Sport 2021 Auto Bild Test Winner

The best of the rest

The runner up title went to the Continental SportContact 6 tyre. It has not won any individual tests but came in close in individual tests behind each winner. It was praised for its dynamic sporty driving on wet roads, but a bit noisier than the competitors.

Continental Sport Contact 6 Tyre
Conti Sport Contact 6 Tyre

The third place finish went to the dearest entry in the test – Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S. PS4s did exceptionally well on dry testing, wining the dry braking segment. It also came in as the quietest tyre in the test. Unfortunately, wet road testing was where Pilot Sport 4 S fell behind, finishing just mid-table.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 Tyre
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

Another internet favourite Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport came in 4th overall. It was steady in all of the testings but did not match the performance of the above-mentioned tyres.

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport Tyre On An Alloy Rim
Eagle F1 Super Sport

Dry Braking

Bridgestone Potenza Sport topped the shortest dry braking test by a nail-biting margin.

TyreDistance
Bridgestone Potenza Sport35.1m
Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Sport35.4m
Continental Sport Contact 635.5m
Michelin Pilot Sport 4s35.5m
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R36.7m
Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 336.8m
Falken Azensis FK51038.4m
Landsail LS588 UHP39.2m
Berlin Summer UHP 139.6m

Dry Handling

This test is measured in average speed per lap and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S was a clear winner.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S100 km/h
Bridgestone Potenza Sport98.2 km/h
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R98.1 km/h
Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Sport98.0 km/h
Continental Sport Contact 697.4 km/h
Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 397.0 km/h
Falken Azensis FK51095.4 km/h
Landsail LS588 UHP93.0 km/h
Berlin Summer UHP 191.6 km/h

Wet Braking      

Bridgestone edged the wet braking test by a small margin while Berlin and Landsail brands were not able to keep up with the premium tyre makers.

Bridgestone Potenza Sport41.1m
Continental Sport Contact 641.2m
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S43.3m
Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 344.4m
Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Sport45.1m
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R46.4m
Falken Azensis FK51048.6m
Berlin Summer UHP 159.6m
Landsail LS588 UHP82.7m

Wet Handling    

Bridgestone Potenza Sport left others well behind in the average speed of the wet lap circuit.

Bridgestone Potenza Sport85.5 km/h
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R82.6 km/h
Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Sport82.1 km/h
Continental Sport Contact 682.0 km/h
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S79.6 km/h
Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 378.3 km/h
Falken Azensis FK51078.1 km/h
Landsail LS588 UHP69.6 km/h
Berlin Summer UHP 169.6 km/h

Road Noise

Landsail bounced back to equal Michelin for the top spot at the road noise testing.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S72 DB
Landsail LS588 UHP72 DB
Berlin Summer UHP 172.1 DB
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R72.2 DB
Falken Azensis FK51072.3 DB
Bridgestone Potenza Sport72.9 DB
Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Sport73.3 DB
Continental Sport Contact 673.6 DB
Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 374.1 DB

Rolling Resistance           

Landsail yet again held on to the top position, ensuring the best fuel economy in the class.

Landsail LS588 UHP7.62 kg/t
Continental Sport Contact 68.57 kg/t
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S8.88 kg/t
Falken Azensis FK5108.92 kg/t
Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 39.11 kg/t
Bridgestone Potenza Sport9.15 kg/t
Berlin Summer UHP 19.19 kg/t
Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Sport9.60 kg/t
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R9.86 kg/t

Retail Price

Below shows the price of the full set of tested tyres, priced in the local market/currency.

Landsail LS588 UHP€500
Berlin Summer UHP 1€530
Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3€790
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R€795
Falken Azensis FK510€810
Continental Sport Contact 6€985
Bridgestone Potenza Sport€1055
Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Sport€1130
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S€1130

Combined Table

Winner – Bridgestone Potenza Sport

(Dry braking – 1st, Dry handling – 2nd, Wet braking – 1st, Wet handling – 1st, Straight aqua – 3rd, Noise – 6th, Rolling resistance – 6th, Price – 7th)

2ndContinental Sport Contact 6

(Dry braking – 3rd, Dry handling – 5th, Wet braking – 2nd, Wet handling – 4th, Straight aqua – 6th, Noise – 8th, Rolling resistance – 2nd, Price – 6th)

3rdMichelin Pilot Sport 4 S

(Dry braking – 3rd, Dry handling – 1st, Wet braking – 3rd, Wet handling – 5th, Straight aqua – 7th, Noise – 1st, Rolling resistance – 3rd, Price – 9th)

4thGoodyear Eagle F1 Super Sport

(Dry braking – 2nd, Dry handling – 4th, Wet braking – 5th, Wet handling – 3rd, Straight aqua – 1st, Noise – 7th, Rolling resistance – 8th, Price – 8th)

5thVredestein Ultrac Vorti R

(Dry braking – 5th, Dry handling – 3rd, Wet braking – 6th, Wet handling – 2nd, Straight aqua – 3rd, Noise – 4th, Rolling resistance – 9th, Price – 4th)

6thHankook Ventus S1 Evo 3

(Dry braking – 6th, Dry handling – 6th, Wet braking – 4th, Wet handling – 6th, Straight aqua – 5th, Noise – 9th, Rolling resistance – 5th, Price – 3rd)

7thFalken Azensis FK510

(Dry braking – 7th, Dry handling – 7th, Wet braking – 7th, Wet handling – 7th, Straight aqua – 2nd, Noise – 5th, Rolling resistance – 4th, Price – 5th)

8th – Landsail LS588 UHP

(Dry braking – 8th, Dry handling – 8th, Wet braking – 9th, Wet handling – 8th, Straight aqua – 9th, Noise – 1st, Rolling resistance – 1st, Price – 1st)

9thBerlin Summer Tyre UHP 1

(Dry braking – 9th, Dry handling – 9th, Wet braking – 8th, Wet handling – 8th, Straight aqua – 8th, Noise – 3rd, Rolling resistance – 7th, Price – 2nd)

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