With the Asymmetric 2, Goodyear has lowered tyre noise levels and improved dry performance while maintaining the Asymmetric brand’s superb grip and handling in wet conditions
Peak Performer PHOTO: TORQUE

Tyre: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
Size: 225/40 YR18
Level: A+

APPEARANCE / CONSTRUCTION

While older Goodyear Eagle F1 models have a V-shaped tread pattern (popularised by
wet-weather racing tyres), the Asymmetric 2, like its predecessor the Asymmetric,
employs four straight grooves that run continuously around the tyre. There are larger tread blocks on the outside shoulder, and smaller blocks on the inside. Goodyear calls this arrangement ActiveBraking technology – when the brakes are applied, the smaller
blocks “squash” together to form larger, flatter blocks, thus improving stopping performance. This feature also enables the four circumferential grooves to be wider for better aquaplaning resistance. Elsewhere, the tread belts and sidewalls have been made stiffer to resist cornering fl ex, while the tyre compound contains a silica base mix.
This formulation helps to reduce rolling resistance for improved fuel economy. The Asymmetric 2 is 0.7kg lighter than the original Asymmetric.

COMFORT & NOISE - 8/10

The Asymmetric 2 is nearly as comfortable as the Asymmetric, but its stiffer carcass and sidewalls mean that ride pliancy is slightly compromised. However, as its new compound is “stickier”, the Asymmetric 2 operates optimally at a lower tyre pressure, which translates to better ride comfort. Noise is also a little less intrusive over smooth roads, but the less fl exible sidewalls do result in an obvious “thrumming” sound over pockmarked asphalt.

NOISE 62dBA coasting at 70km/h

MEASURED PERFORMANCE

DRY CORNERING: 1.00g
DRY BRAKING 80-20KM/H: 1.74sec in 24m
AVERAGE G: 0.98g PEAK G: 1.03g
WET CORNERING: 0.88g
WET BRAKING 80-20KM/H: 2.03sec in 27m
AVERAGE G: 0.84g PEAK G: 0.88g
ROLLING RESISTANCE: 0.0261g (good)
WEIGHT: 9.7kg

DRY PERFORMANCE - 9/10

Straight out of the box, the Asymmetric 2 felt ready for action. The car’s steering settled down and sharpened almost immediately. Compared to the Asymmetric, there’s a little more dry cornering grip and better turn-in response, but Goodyear was also very careful not to make it too “hardcore”. Best of all, the tyre adapts to almost any driving style – relaxed and sloppy, or neat and precise. While there’s always mild understeer in
most dry cornering situations, this tyre has the uncanny ability to “drift” round a bend (with a faint howl if speed is too high). The pressure cannot be low to get the most out of this tyre – 32 to 35psi is best. Don’t exceed the latter, though, or the ride will become “jiggly”. Braking effectiveness is top notch as evidenced by the peak recorded fi gure of 1.03g.

WET PERFORMANCE - 9/10

There wasn’t much rainfall during the testing period, but the Asymmetric 2 showed its mettle when the heavens did open, performing just as if the roads were dry. Steering stayed sharp and responsive to the driver’s inputs, and the car always felt poised during cornering. The grip limit was (obviously) lower, but the tyre’s surefootedness meant that recovery was swift and controlled, when adhesion was lost for a moment. Wet braking was inspiring – from any speed – and again, like its performance in the dry, the tyres resisted wheelspin, even during sudden bursts of acceleration. This sort of wet performance places the Asymmetric 2 at the top of its class. Incidentally, only one other tyre has scored better in our tests – the highly capable but super expensive Continental ContiSportContact (CSC) 5.

CONCLUSION

With the Asymmetric 2, Goodyear has lowered tyre noise levels and improved dry performance while maintaining the Asymmetric brand’s superb grip and handling in wet conditions. While this tyre’s overall performance still lags slightly behind that of the Continental CSC5, it costs much less. And, given its latest enhancements, we’d call it just about the best-value performance tyre in the market right now.