Dunlop Sport Maxx RT
High-mileage drivers would do well to consider the Sport Maxx RT.
High-mileage drivers would do well to consider the Sport Maxx RT. It romped away with the honours in the rolling resistance test, establishing a clear margin between itself and its stablemate from Goodyear, with a further 20 to 25 per cent advantage over its other rivals.
The Dunlop was also one of the quietest tyres – another major plus for those regularly covering long distances. Add in a second place for dry braking, and you have the most successful tyre away from the wet tests, even though it was eighth in our dry handling test.
As this product is from the sporting brand in the Goodyear/Dunlop fold, we’d hoped for more on the track. But it couldn’t match the sharpness of tyres such as the Yokohama, and was also noisy and required lots of lock compared to the top performers.
This wasn’t the Sport Maxx RT’s biggest problem, however – that was its performance in the wet. Although it finished a reasonable third and fourth in the aquaplaning tests, and wasn’t far off most of its rivals in the process, it came last in the cornering test because the front lacked bite and easily washed out wide on the throttle.
This was also noticeable around the rest of the lap, where we had to wait to get on the power to maintain the line. However, it did mean that the rear was stable, and there were few surprises in corners. The Dunlop also lacked grip in the wet braking test, needing an average of six metres more to stop than the winner, the ContiSportContact 5.
In this review
- 1IntroductionWe test the best tyres for your car
- 21st Continental ContiSportContact 5The new ContiSportContact 5 scored a victory on its tyre test debut, albeit by a very narrow margin. Key to this success were our braking tests.
- 32nd Michelin Pilot Sport 3 New designs dominated our top six this year, but the exception is this Michelin, which is the best of the 17-inch tyres we last tested in 2011.
- 43rd Dunlop Sport Maxx RT - currently readingHigh-mileage drivers would do well to consider the Sport Maxx RT.
- 5=4th Hankook Ventus S1 evo2Korean tyres are fast gaining credibility against premium brands: Nexen finished third in last year’s tyre test, and Hankook flies the flag again with a fine showing to come joint fourth in 2013.
- 6=4th Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2Our winner of this tyre test in 2011 has to settle for joint fourth this time around, giving best to the new tyres from Continental and Dunlop and tying with test newcomer Hankook.
- 76th Yokohama Advan Sport V105The V105 is new for 2013, and you can clearly see Yokohama’s track roots in the tyre, which replaced the popular V103 at the top of the brand’s road range.
- 87th Bridgestone Potenza S001Yet again, Bridgestone found it tough in our tyre test, finishing last among its premium rivals.
- 98th Vredestein Ultrac VortiVredestein was the star of the dry handling circuit.
- 109th Pirelli P Zero
- 1110th GT Radial Champiro HPYChinese company GT Radial makes its Auto Express tyre test debut this year, and its Champiro HPY undercut rivals here by a comfortable margin – buy four, and you’d save around £100 over an equivalent set from a premium brand.