19 finalists chosen for 2015 AutoBild winter tyre test

16th September 2015 | 0 Comments
 
19 finalists chosen for 2015 AutoBild winter tyre test

32 tyres eliminated in wet and snow braking tests

In its annual winter tyre performance survey, German motoring publication AutoBild narrows a wide field of 49 winter tyres and two all-season tyres with wet and snow braking measurements before conducting a full test of a range of characteristics. 19 tyres made it through to the 2015/16 season test, conducted using the tyre size 185/60 R15.

A number of tyres fell at the first hurdle because they exceeded the required wet runway minimum stopping distance of 44m at full braking from 80km/h. Brands such as Achilles, Hifly, Imperial, Cormorant, Linglong, Maxxis, Minerva, Nordexx, Rotalla, Sailun, Taurus, Tigar, Tracmax, Tristar, and Zeetex joined Avon’s Ice Touring, Aeolus’ SnowAce AW02, Cooper’s WM-SA2, Nankang’s Winter Activa SV-2, Marshal’s I’ZEN MW15, Nexen’s Winguard Sport, Toyo’s Snowprox S943, and the Vredestein Snowtrac 5 in elimination.

While others made it past this 44m mark, only the best 19 with the shortest total braking distance on wet and snow-covered roads (measured at 50km/h) made it through to the full test of 16 individual disciplines – including handling, traction, aquaplaning safety, noise, and rolling resistance. In this second round, the BFGoodrich g-Force Winter, Goodyear Vector 4Seasons, Kumho Winter Craft WP51, Ovation W-586, Sava Eskimo S3+, Matador MP92 Sibir Snow, Sportivas SnowWin, Torque TQ022, and Yokohama W.drive V905 were also eliminated.

The tyres making it to the final were:

  • Apollo Alnac Winter
  • Barum Polaris 3
  • Bridgestone Blizzak LM001
  • Continental WinterContact TS 850
  • Dunlop WinterResponse 2
  • Falken Eurowinter HS449
  • Firestone Winterhawk 3
  • Fulda Kristall Montero 3
  • Gislaved Euro Frost 5
  • Goodyear Ultra Grip 9
  • Hankook Winter I’Cept RS2
  • Kleber Krisalp HP 2
  • Michelin Alpin A4
  • Nokian WR D3
  • Pirelli Cinturato All Season
  • Pirelli Winter Snow Control Series 3
  • Semperit Speed-Grip 2
  • Uniroyal MS Plus 77
  • Viking Snowtech II

Tyrepress has reported details of the final here, in which each of the final 19 tyres was tested in full.

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