Today, Goodyear Dunlop is proud to announce that two of its high performance products have taken the top two spots in the coveted Auto Express Tyre Test 2014.
The Dunlop Sport BluResponse took first place, with the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance taking a close second.
Auto Express tested ten brands of tyre in the size 205/55 R16 with a load index of 91 or 94 and speed rating of V or W. Tests included dry and wet handling, dry and wet braking, wet cornering, straight and curved aquaplaning, rolling resistance and noise.
Taking first place, the Dunlop Sport BluResponse performed particularly well in dry and wet braking, straight and curved aquaplaning and rolling resistance.
Launched in 2013, the product was positioned to answer the demands of the tyre label without compromising on any of the other 50 criteria tested to create a top performing tyre.
Commenting on this, Kim Adams, Auto Express Tyre Tester, said: “....true to Dunlop’s launch claims, other performance aspects haven’t been ignored, as it was also in the top three on the handling track.
“Winning performances in all conditions make this brilliant new tyre our 16-inch champion.”
He added: “[The Dunlop Sport BluResponse] Champ performs well in wet and dry, yet isn’t costly to buy or run.”
Taking a close second spot, the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance shone above competitors in many of the test criteria, performing particularly well in rolling resistance, wet handling and braking, wet cornering and cabin noise.
Also launched in 2013, replacing the Auto Express award winning EfficientGrip, the tyre had a focus on wet weather performance and fuel economy.
Kim Adams said: “Engineers at Goodyear have matched their counterparts Pirelli in managing to create a tyre with good wet grip and strong fuel economy, as the [EfficientGrip] Performance tops our rolling resistance table.”
He added: “[A] Good all-rounder with few apparent weaknesses, and the best when it comes to economy.”
Kate Rock, Consumer and Brand PR Manager for Goodyear Dunlop said: “We are thrilled that both of our brands have performed so well in the Auto Express tyre test 2014. By testing this popular tyre size in a wider range of tests than those on the tyre label, we have demonstrated that while these two tyres boast strong label grades, they do not compromise on other important performance criteria.
Kim Adams concluded the test commenting: “Going through the results, it’s clear Goodyear and Dunlop have worked out how to combine good economy and strong wet grip. But our top two are not one-trick ponies; they are just at home in the dry, so they’re worthy of their places.”