Here's How Some of the Best Summer Tires on the Market Stack Up

Want a summer tire with a good mix of dry and wet handling and braking? This video will help you chose which one to get.

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Continental SportContact 6
Continental tirerack.com
$207.30

These days, there's a seemingly endless amount of different performance tire options to choose from. It's difficult to make such an important (and expensive) decision just by looking at tread patterns and wear ratings. The Tyre Reviews YouTube channel brought eight summer tire options together for a full instrumented test to find out which one performs the best on a BMW M2.

Tyre Reviews went to Continental's Uvalde Proving Grounds, a tire-testing campus in Texas, for the test. It features a skidpad, a road course, and long straight sections of asphalt to measure handling, ride comfort, grip, and road noise. Sprinklers can be deployed on different sections of the track, meaning Tyre Reviews was able to measure performance in both wet and dry conditions.

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Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
Michelin tirerack.com
$184.99

Among the tires tested were the Continental SportContact 6, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, the Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport, the Falken Azenis FK510, the Kumho Ecsta PS91, the Toyo Proxes Sport, the Vredestein Ultrac Vordti, and the Accelera Phi. The Goodyear is the only tire not available in the US.

Tire Rack
Toyo Proxes Sport
Toyo tirerack.com
$125.63

When shopping for a performance tire, the thing you'll probably want to know most about is, well, performance. took the top spot in dry handling conditions, with the quickest lap around a road course. It's followed closely behind by the Michelin and the Goodyear, with the Vredestein finishing fourth. took the win in dry braking as it was able to stop from 62 mph to zero in the least distance. The Continental finished a close second, with the Goodyear rounding out the top three.

In the wet, the Goodyear was able to lap the road course the quickest, with and in second and third, respectively. The Continental finished fourth, while the Michelin ended up in fifth. In wet braking, the Michelin again took the win, followed by the Continental in second and in third.

Tire Rack
Falken Azenis FK510
Falken tirerack.com
$99.75

Summer tires are known for generating more road noise versus your typical all-season tire because of stickier compounds and stiffer sidewalls. In Tyre Reviews' test, the Continental made the least noise at 50 mph, followed closely by the budget Accelera tire. The Michelin came in third, while the Goodyear finished dead last.

So which tire should you buy? Well, that depends on what you find important. Is outright dry-weather performance the only thing you care about? Then get the Continental. If braking is the most important factor, get the Michelins. Most of these tires—other than the budget Accelera—are good at gripping the road, so no matter which you choose, odds are you won't be disappointed.

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