Dunlop SP SPORT MAXX GT Review


Dunlop SP SPORT MAXX GT Full - 660x550

18"
235/40R18
235/45R18
245/40R18
245/45R18
255/35R18
265/45R18
285/35R18
19"
245/40R19
255/35R19
265/35R19
20"
245/40R20
255/35R20
255/45R20
265/30R20
265/35R20
265/45R20
275/30R20
275/35R20
295/30R20
325/30R20
21"
255/40R21
265/40R21
275/30R21
275/35R21
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Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Sensational dry traction and grip
  • Surprisingly comfortable for a max-performance tire
  • Increases acceleration and improves braking performance
  • Offers outstanding driver feedback and responsive handling
The Bad
  • Very expensive with below average tread life
  • Not suitable for snow, ice or freezing temperatures
  • Weak sidewall is prone to damage
Dry Traction89
Cornering Stability88
Steering Response87
Ride Quality82
Noise82
Wet Performance82
Treadwear75

You want to extract every last inch of driving pleasure from those spirited summer drives, so you need to know if the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT tires have the potential to take your car’s performance to the next level.

Dunlop is a celebrated brand that is highly regarded in the world of motorsport, but how well does their expertise translate to the street? Where roads can be filled with perilous potholes and driving conditions are unpredictable.

Developed for the drivers of sports cars, coupes and high-performance sedans, the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT is specifically engineered to deliver high-performance traction in dry conditions and excellent road feedback for precision cornering and predictable handling.

To achieve a more responsive steering feel for the road, and to maintain constant road contact, the tread compound is enriched with refined carbon black racing technology from Dunlop Motorsport.

And while it’s not the fastest tire in the summer performance category, the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT provides consistent road grip and crisp,short braking once you get some temperature into them.

Now unless you live in the desert, chances are that you’re going to encounter some rain when driving,so how well does the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT hold your car to the road in wet conditions? Well they don’t steal the show in the wet performance category, but they most certainly won’t let you down. The wet traction is definitely above average, and the braking is reliable and consistent, but they don’t inspire a level of cockiness that will tempt you to push your car to the limit in the pouring rain.

As they begin to wear out, you can expect the noise level to progressively increase. Which may start to happen sooner than you think. The tread life of these tires is certainly nothing to brag about. Don’t be shocked if you don’t get more than 12k-18k out of a set. Especially if you’re an aggressive driver who loves to eat up the road.

Also, they’re not the most durable tire so there is some safety concerns. The soft sidewall is susceptible to potholes and are known to bubble and blister. So if you plan on driving your poor old car on poor roads, don’t be surprised if you have to make use of the tires’ Dunlop RunOnFlat technology, which allows you to continue driving after a puncture or blowout for up to 80km.

And like all summer tires, they’re extremely sensitive to colder temperatures and are not suitable to be driven in near freezing temperature, or through snow or ice.

So is the Dunlop Sp Sport Maxx GT right for your beloved car and worth your hard earned money?

Well in my opinion, the answer is no. Mileage and money wise, they don’t deliver as much value or performance as a set of Bridgestone Potenza RE760 or a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 3. With a price range of about $250 to $750 depending on size, the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT isn’t going to transform the performance of your car to awe-inspiring levels compared to the other alternatives out there.

 

Author: Cian Kelly

I'm a 23 year old driving addict, car fanatic and writer. I spend most my time rallying around the wet roads of the Irish countryside and producing engaging and informative content for local car dealers.

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