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Auto Zeitung 2021: UHP Summer Tire Test R18
The comparison summer tire test season 2021 is now officially open! The first to announce their test results for the upcoming summer were the experts of the German motoring publication Auto Zeitung, who tested ten tires in size 225/40 R18.
The test disciplines were carried out in September 2020 at the Bridgestone «European Proving Ground» in Italy at a temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. All the tires were tested using one type of car, and in duplicable conditions. The test car was a new Seat Leon 1.5 eTSI, with 150PS, and a dual-clutch transmission. The event was officially partnered by the B2C trading platform Saitow AG, which also supplied tires for the test.
|Alfa Romeo||147, Giulietta, GT|
|Audi||A3 (also Sportback and Sedan)|
|BMW||1 Series, 2 Series Coupé / Cabrio, 3 Series (E90, 91, 92, 93)|
|Ford||Focus (until 2011)|
|Honda||Civic (until 2017)|
|Hyundai||i30 N, Veloster|
|Kia||Soul (until 2014), Ceed|
|Lancia||Delta (until 2014)|
|Mazda||3 (until 2011), 5 (until 2010)|
|Mercedes-Benz||A / CLA (until 2018), B (until 2018), C (until 2014)|
|Opel||Astra, Zafira (B)|
|Peugeot||308 (also SW / CC)|
|Renault||Mégane (also Grandtour, Coupé, CC)|
|Seat||Leon, Exeo (each also ST)|
|Skoda||Octavia (also as Combi; until 2020)|
|Volvo||C30, S40, V40, V50, S60, V60|
|Volkswagen||Golf (also as Variant, Cabrio, GTI, R, Plus), Jetta|
All the ten tires involved in the test had a «sporty» character and belonged to the Ultra High Performance class.
List of UHP models tested:
- Continental PremiumContact 6
- Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2
- Falken Azenis FK510
- Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
- Hankook Ventus S1 evo³ K127
- Maxxis Victra Sport 5
- Michelin Pilot Sport 4
- Nexen N’Fera Sport
- Nokian Powerproof
- Pirelli P Zero (PZ4)
Big difference on wet surface: danger in emergency situations
On the wet surface, particularly impressive was the Pirelli P Zero model — the experts specifically mentioned its reliable handling response, which they explained by the perfect balance between the front and the rear wheels. The testers also liked the maneuverability of this model, which outperformed its rivals in terms of tackling the extreme lateral forces. In addition, as it turned out, the Pirelli PZ4 is virtually insensitive to load increase; the tire also showed the best lap time on the handling course. For the driving safety that it ensures on wet pavement, Auto Zeitung gave the Pirelli model the highest ranking of 1+.
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