WASHINGTON-The Dunlop D60 A2 high-performance radial is the best buy among performance tires available in the U.S., according to an article in the January 1995 issue of Consumer Reports. Dunlop Tire Corp., not surprisingly, was pleased with the article. But Michelin North America, whose tires came out less well, said it was ``again surprised and disappointed'' by the conclusions of Consumer Reports.
Editors of the magazine tested eight different performance tires for braking, cornering grip, handling, noise and rolling resistance. In those tests, the Dunlop D60 A2 was ``the tire of choice,'' they said.
``It scored at or near the top in every braking and cornering test without compromising the ride or noise level,'' the article stated. ``We also deemed its handling the best of the lot.''
The editors said they found ``significant differences'' between the performance tires tested.
For example, in 60-mph dry pavement stopping tests, the Dunlop tire stopped in 132.9 feet, according to the article; the Michelin XGT H4 took 149.3 feet to stop.
The Dunlop also did best in 40-mph anti-lock brake system wet pavement testing, at 61.4 feet, whereas the Goodyear Eagle GA needed almost 70 feet. On non-ABS wet pavement, the Yokohama Avid MD-H4 did best, at 85.5 feet; the Michelin MXV4 Green X needed 95 feet.
Most of the tires handled notably well, but the Dunlop handled best in the editors' subjective opinion. The Michelin MXV4 Green X lived up to its billing as a low-rolling-resistance tire, they said, but the Goodyear Eagle GA did approximately as well in that area.
Dunlop officials expressed pleasure with the results. ``It's always nice to see our tires are recognized as being up to the performance levels we designed them for,'' said Robin Mitchell, Dunlop senior vice president of sales and marketing.
Michelin, however, faulted the magazine's testing methods, saying its Connecticut testing facilities are ``less than optimal for assessing real-world tire performance.''