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Vredestein Ultrac Cento

Sole directional tread on test put in a strong performance

Only Vredestein has stuck with the once popular directional tread pattern as rivals have moved to asymmetric designs. But the Cento still features solid, wide central ribs – this allows for big tread blocks on the outside, for steering stability and response, with water-shifting channels on the inner section.

Wet road grip was always the strong point of a directional pattern, and the tyre thrived in the aquaplaning tests and on the handling track. This was supported by the cornering result, but it struggled in wet braking, needing close to four metres more to stop than the winner. So overall in the wet, it was a close second to the Pirelli.

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In the dry, it suffered more than the P Zero, finishing ninth on the handling circuit, where it lacked grip and balance. It also disappointed in dry braking, finishing eighth – more than a metre off the winning Continental – and trailed in the noise test. Still, Vredestein has made big steps in reducing rolling resistance in recent years.

Our verdict

Proof that an asymmetric tread is not essential for good performance.

On test…ScoreRanking
Wet braking86.7%7th
Wet handling98.92nd
Wet cornering99.2%2nd
Straight aquaplaning100%1st
Curved aquaplaning87.5%2nd
Dry braking93.7%8th
Dry handling98.5%9th
Rolling resistance95.7%3rd
Cabin noise98.6%=7th
Overall99.2%4th

Contact

Vredestein: http://www.vredestein.co.uk/

 
 
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