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.
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.
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.
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.
Bridgestone Potenza Sport topped the shortest dry braking test by a nail-biting margin.
|Bridgestone Potenza Sport||35.1m|
|Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Sport||35.4m|
|Continental Sport Contact 6||35.5m|
|Michelin Pilot Sport 4s||35.5m|
|Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R||36.7m|
|Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3||36.8m|
|Falken Azensis FK510||38.4m|
|Landsail LS588 UHP||39.2m|
|Berlin Summer UHP 1||39.6m|
This test is measured in average speed per lap and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S was a clear winner.
|Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S||100 km/h|
|Bridgestone Potenza Sport||98.2 km/h|
|Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R||98.1 km/h|
|Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Sport||98.0 km/h|
|Continental Sport Contact 6||97.4 km/h|
|Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3||97.0 km/h|
|Falken Azensis FK510||95.4 km/h|
|Landsail LS588 UHP||93.0 km/h|
|Berlin Summer UHP 1||91.6 km/h|
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 Sport||41.1m|
|Continental Sport Contact 6||41.2m|
|Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S||43.3m|
|Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3||44.4m|
|Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Sport||45.1m|
|Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R||46.4m|
|Falken Azensis FK510||48.6m|
|Berlin Summer UHP 1||59.6m|
|Landsail LS588 UHP||82.7m|
Bridgestone Potenza Sport left others well behind in the average speed of the wet lap circuit.
|Bridgestone Potenza Sport||85.5 km/h|
|Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R||82.6 km/h|
|Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Sport||82.1 km/h|
|Continental Sport Contact 6||82.0 km/h|
|Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S||79.6 km/h|
|Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3||78.3 km/h|
|Falken Azensis FK510||78.1 km/h|
|Landsail LS588 UHP||69.6 km/h|
|Berlin Summer UHP 1||69.6 km/h|
Landsail bounced back to equal Michelin for the top spot at the road noise testing.
|Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S||72 DB|
|Landsail LS588 UHP||72 DB|
|Berlin Summer UHP 1||72.1 DB|
|Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R||72.2 DB|
|Falken Azensis FK510||72.3 DB|
|Bridgestone Potenza Sport||72.9 DB|
|Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Sport||73.3 DB|
|Continental Sport Contact 6||73.6 DB|
|Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3||74.1 DB|
Landsail yet again held on to the top position, ensuring the best fuel economy in the class.
|Landsail LS588 UHP||7.62 kg/t|
|Continental Sport Contact 6||8.57 kg/t|
|Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S||8.88 kg/t|
|Falken Azensis FK510||8.92 kg/t|
|Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3||9.11 kg/t|
|Bridgestone Potenza Sport||9.15 kg/t|
|Berlin Summer UHP 1||9.19 kg/t|
|Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Sport||9.60 kg/t|
|Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R||9.86 kg/t|
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|
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)
(Dry braking – 3rd, Dry handling – 5th, Wet braking – 2nd, Wet handling – 4th, Straight aqua – 6th, Noise – 8th, Rolling resistance – 2nd, Price – 6th)
3rd – Michelin 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)
(Dry braking – 2nd, Dry handling – 4th, Wet braking – 5th, Wet handling – 3rd, Straight aqua – 1st, Noise – 7th, Rolling resistance – 8th, Price – 8th)
5th – Vredestein 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)
6th – Hankook 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)
7th – Falken 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)
9th – Berlin 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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