Dunlop Signature HP review
What is it?
The Dunlop Signature HP is an ultra high performance all season tire designed for performance-oriented coupes and sedans, sport trucks, and even sports cars that see year-round use.
The Signature HP is Dunlop's current ultra high performance all season flagship tire. As such, it aims to provide satisfying handling and excellent grip in dry and wet conditions, as well as sufficient snow and winter capabilities. Many tires have claimed this all-around performance, but very few have pulled it off. So what about the Signature HP?
Strengths and weaknesses?
The Signature HP has very favorable dry and wet performance characteristics. Ride quality and road noise are also excellent.
Crucially, and to distinguish itself from Dunlop peers, the Signature HP delivers when it comes to value. In recent times, the value component has been seriously lacking with Dunlop ultra high performance all season options. The Signature HP bucks the trend and is actually at the affordable end of the performance all season tire cost spectrum.
How does the Signature HP compare?
In 2015 Tire Rack comparison testing, the Signature HP placed second in final overall scoring. It finished ahead of well-established options from General Tire and Hankook, while falling short of the excellent BF Goodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S. The Signature HP was found to be essentially faultless, but couldn't quite match the BF Goodrich option in outright performance.
Anything else to know?
Dunlop ultra high performance all season tires have by and large been plagued by three recurring issues/problems: winter/snow performance, treadlife, and value. These factors have kept Dunlop from being truly competitive in the ultra high performance all season category.
While winter/snow performance is tbd (although initial indications are pretty good), Dunlop is addressing the treadlife issue head on with a respectable treadlife warranty. And the Signature HP price point is excellent -- actually less than perennial class leaders like the Continental ExtremeContact DWS and the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2.
If the Signature HP exceeds the winter/snow performance of its predecessors, then it will be a very viable and attractive all season option. Especially given the value component.
On all of the information available at this time, we'd say that the Signature HP is certainly worth a try.
Want an all season option with more certain performance, and not intimidated by greater initial cost? The Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 is as close as you'll get to a sure bet. The BF Goodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S with its proven snow performance is also definitely worth considering, and is almost identical in price to the Signature HP.
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