GT Radial Champiro HPY review

Needs to continue progress towards standards set by European producers

GT Radial Champiro HPY 94 Y

Needs to continue progress towards standards set by European producers

GT Radial debuted in our test of 17-inch tyres two years ago, and demonstrated the progress made by Chinese brands in the tyre labelling era. Sadly, it seems there’s been little change since, with the Champiro HPY finishing pretty much where it did back in 2013.

It felt best on the dry handling strip thanks to a sharp turn-in and rapid direction change. The tyre was under a second off the best, although it struggled to repeat that performance on the braking strip, where it needed three metres more to stop than our winner.

That good front end grip worked against the Champiro on the wet circuit, where it all too easily overcame the rear. It was all progressive and no problem to catch, but not what you want on a wet roundabout. The tyre was a long way off the best in the deeper water of the aquaplaning tests, although the trade-off for this lack of wet grip was good fuel economy. The GT Radial was towards the front of the pack behind our top two.

Dry handling98.40%6th
Dry braking92.70%7th
Wet handling94.10%9th
Wet braking87.00%8th
Wet cornering96.30%8th
Straight aqua88.50%11th
Curved aqua68.20%10th
Rolling resistance78.80%4th
Cabin noise96.10%10th

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