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Dunlop Sport Maxx TT

Poor efficiency is a thorn in the side of this midfield performer

Middle of the road performance from Dunlop, which is showing its age among new patterns such as stablemate Goodyear’s Asymmetric 2.

It’s not at the cutting edge, but it delivered decent results in most tests, although it was a long way behind on rolling resistance – buyers can expect to get through two per cent more fuel than with the efficient Hankook.

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In the wet it was safe, if a touch behind the best. On the handling track, the rear was well controlled, yet more steering lock is required than with some rivals, and it pushes wide too easily on the throttle. Best result was third for wet braking.

But as with many of our tyres, it was way behind the Michelin in the curved aquaplaning test; in a straight line, it was much closer to the top.

That good braking result was repeated in the dry, as it needed little over 50cm more to stop than winner Continental. On the handling track, it’s not as sharp as some and requires plenty of lock at the limit. Not a sporty feel, but secure and safe.

Our verdict

Getting a bit long in the tooth now, but the Dunlop is still a decent performer.

On test…ScoreRanking
Wet braking93.6%3rd
Wet handling97.2%=6th
Wet cornering97.6%=5th
Straight aquaplaning96.1%=5th
Curved aquaplaning73.1%8th
Dry braking98.1%4th
Dry handling98.9%=6th
Rolling resistance85.3%9th
Cabin noise99%5th
Overall98%7th

Contact

Dunlop: http://www.dunlop.eu/dunlop_uk/

 
 
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