- Shortest dry braking distances
- Responsive and sharp handling
- Noise levels are on the lower end of the spectrum
- Plenty of grip and traction on dry and damp roads
- Aquaplaning resistance is average for this category
- Ride is on the harsher side
2022 is a goodyear (yes, I’m a fan of puns), considering that we got a few new models in the performance segment. Michelin got our attention with the new Pilot Sport 5, and around the same time, Goodyear released the Asymmetric 6, which is positioned as a direct competitor.
The rivalry in the premium segment has been going on since these companies were formed, so it’s only natural for the US company to release its upgraded tire in the Eagle F1 lineup. Goodyear released this tire as an upgrade over the Asymmetric 5, which, even though it had some faults, it was a tire that surprised me with its performance.
Upgrades usually mean something new or some improvements, and based on what the manufacturer has to say, we have a few of those, so we can expect a better tire. With that in mind, I’ll cut the blabbering and get down to the features the Asymmetric 6 has and then see how they perform on the road.
What are the features of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6?
Looking at the product page that Goodyear has, at first glance, it seems like there isn’t too much to talk about. When you look closely, you’ll notice that even though there are only 3 segments of the Asymmetric 6 worth mentioning, they have quite a lot to say, at least on paper.
The first technology that Goodyear utilizes is the Dry Stability Plus which features an adaptive contact patch and optimized cavity. As a result, the Asymmetric 6 can “modify” its characteristics on the go and deliver more grip and sharper handling.
Next up is the wet performance, something that Goodyear worked on as well. The Asymmetric 6 is designed with the Wet Braking Pro technology, aimed at bringing improvement in multiple areas. Goodyear went with a special compound with a resin system, improving the contact patch at a microscopic level. The result of this should be enhanced traction and shorter braking distances.
The tread pattern is slightly changed but still keeps the traditional 4 circumferential grooves approach. With this, Goodyear aims to improve the aquaplaning resistance over the previous tire.
One surprising feature is that Goodyear also tweaked the Asymmetric 6 for electric vehicles. As part of the tread changes, there is one that should slightly decrease the noise, while the compound should also reduce the rolling resistance. This is something we usually see in touring tires, so it would be interesting to see how this impacts the performance.
How does it behave on dry tarmac?
The previous generation of the Eagle F1 Asymmetric was an excellent tire in dry conditions, and with the latest one, things remained the same. In these conditions, the Asymmetric 6 didn’t disappoint.
Performance tires sometimes need to be driven on the road, so let’s start off with that area. The Asymmetric 6 is a tire that has far more grip and traction than you’d ever need for normal driving around town or on the highway. Wheel slip is non-existent or minimal if you get overly aggressive, and the balance in the corners is excellent.
Going for something a bit more enthusiastic, the Asymmetric 6 will continue to impress. Down a twisty road, you can throw the tire into a corner, and thanks to the high levels of grip, the tire won’t have any issues. Like previously, it’s very well balanced, so you won’t have to struggle with a bit of understeer like with the Pilot Sport 5.
It seems like the Asymmetric 6 feels the most at home on a track. There is plenty of sportiness in the tire, making it an excellent choice for people after good lap times. You are looking at a top performer in this category which comes just a hair short behind the PremiumContact 6, which holds up pretty good considering that it’s a few years old.
As for the braking distances, we have a new champion. The Asymmetric 6 is a tire with the shortest distances in tis class, outperforming all of its premium competitors.
How does it behave over wet and slippery roads?
Goodyear made some claims in terms of the wet performance, and while there are some slight improvements, the Asymmetric 6 was a bit disappointing in others.
Let’s start off with the tire’s positive side, and that’s how well composed it is on wet roads. There is plenty of grip in the corners to keep your car in check, and even though it’s not as easy to drive as the Pilot Sport 5, you won’t be fighting the steering wheel constantly. The Asymmetric 6 is a sportier tire, so while these differences won’t be as noticeable on the road, you will definitely notice them on a track. One thing worth mentioning is that consistency isn’t its strongest side, so keep that in mind if you plan to trash it on a track for an entire day.
Now we’re getting to the bad news, which comes in the form of braking distances and aquaplaning resistance. The Asymmetric 6 has short braking distances when compared with tires from other categories, but in this case, they are slightly above average. As for the aquaplaning resistance, that’s average, if not below average, and at higher speeds, the tire becomes twitchy, which may not be ideal for some people.
Is it comfortable and refined?
A UHP tire isn’t designed to be quiet and comfortable, but Goodyear claimed that there are some improvements, so I paid closer attention to this test, and the Asymmetric 6 surprised me.
The tread pattern got a slight upgrade to make it a good option for EV owners. While I wouldn’t compare the Asymmetric 6 with something from Goodyear’s touring lineup, you could say that there is some noticeable difference when compared to its rivals. The noise is there, but it’s quieter, and even on the highway or rougher surfaces, it’s not overly intrusive.
Comfort is where the Asymmetric 6 falls short, which, to be honest, shouldn’t be a surprise. A tire that can be called sporty will not offer a smooth ride experience, and that’s the story here. As a daily driver, this is a tire that won’t be as acceptable as something like the Turanza T005. It absorbs some of the bumps, but the ride is still a bit harsher than what most people would want. With that said, it does a better job at it than the Ventus S1 Evo 3.
Is the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 ideal for sporty driving?
Yes, and in this category, I’d say that it’s among the best in its class. It may not be as easy to control as the Michelin, but it’s hard to go wrong here with the way it handles and the performance it offers.
The Asymmetric 6 has excellent handling capabilities – a responsive nature from a very precise tire, enabling you to point your car where you need to. Under normal driving conditions, this isn’t something that would be crucial, but on a twisty road or on a track, the tire shines.
With the handling capabilities, you also get plenty of grip and traction, giving it a true sporty nature. The Asymmetric 6 is among the best in its class, and you could say that it’s the stickiest when compared with its competitors. Even though it’s not the easiest tire to drive, you get plenty of feedback through the steering wheel, so it won’t surprise you mid-corner.
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 Warranty
Most manufacturers fall behind Michelin in the warranty segment, which is among the rare ones that offer a treadwear warranty. This means that the Asymmetric 6 doesn’t come with it, so it may be a disadvantage once Michelin comes out with the info on the warranty for the Pilot Sport 5.
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 Pricing: Is it worth the money?
When it comes to price, we’re looking at the same problem as with the Pilot Sport 5. The Asymmetric 6 still isn’t available in the US, so we’ll have to go for a guess and look at the prices from the European market. The cheapest 17-inch model currently on sale is around $100, which is more affordable than its Michelin counterpart. With that said, we’ll see how the prices fair when we see both on the US shelves.
Should I buy the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6?
Yes, I believe that the Asymmetric 6 is an excellent tire, which, even though it has some drawbacks, will scratch the itch of most enthusiast drivers. It has very high levels of grip and traction on dry and damp roads, so it’s not an area where it disappoints. With that, you also get a tire with excellent sporty characteristics, so it’s a match made in heaven.
Unfortunately, the Asymmetric doesn’t come without a few drawbacks. Comfort is one of them, and if you’re more into daily driving with spirited recreational driving, the Goodyear isn’t the most ideal choice. Then there’s the aquaplaning resistance. For driving around town or on the highway, the tire would be fine, but on a track, it may not be the best performer of the bunch.
What Vehicles Will the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 Fit?
Here’s a sample list of cars that the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 will fit:
- Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
- Audi TT RS, RS5, RS6
- BMW M3, M4, M5
- Chevrolet Camaro
- Dodge Viber, Challenger, Charger
- Ford Focus RS
- Honda Civic Type R
- Lexus RC, IS
- Hyundai Veloster N
- Nissan GT-R
- Porsche 911
- Tesla Model 3, Model S
- Toyota Supra, GR86
- Volkswagen Golf R
Tire Sizes for Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6
- 205/40R17 84W
- 205/45R17 88V XL
- 205/45R17 88W
- 205/45R17 88Y XL
- 215/40R17 87Y XL
- 215/45R17 87Y
- 215/45R17 91Y
- 225/45R17 91Y
- 225/45R17 94Y
- 225/50R17 94Y
- 225/50R17 98Y XL
- 225/55R17 97Y
- 235/45R17 94Y
- 235/45R17 97Y
- 235/55R17 103Y
- 245/40R17 91Y
- 245/40R17 95Y
- 245/45R17 95Y
- 245/45R17 99Y
- 215/50R18 92W
- 225/35R18 87W
- 225/40R18 92Y
- 225/45R18 95Y
- 235/40R18 95Y
- 235/45R18 98Y XL
- 235/50R18 101Y
- 245/35R18 92Y
- 245/40R18 93Y
- 245/40R18 97Y
- 245/45R18 100Y
- 255/35R18 94Y
- 255/45R18 103Y
- 255/45R18 99Y
- 265/35R18 97Y
- 225/35R19 88Y
- 225/45R19 96W
- 235/35R19 91Y
- 235/40R19 96Y
- 245/35R19 93Y
- 245/40R19 98Y
- 245/45R19 102Y
- 255/35R19 96Y
- 275/35R19 100Y
- 275/40R19 105Y
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