Dunlop SP Sport 5100 review
What is it?
The Dunlop SP Sport 5100 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 Dunlop SP Sport 5100 served as the original equipment tire for the Lexus GS350 luxury sedan.
Strengths and weaknesses?
Users report good dry traction characteristics, but likely at the expense of treadlife and comfort characteristics. Poor ride quality and road noise is high, especially as the miles add up.
How does the SP Sport 5100 compare?
Direct comparative data is lacking, but "SP Sport" ultra high performance all season models from Dunlop have by and large not been well received by users. The lackluster Dunlop SP Sport 5000 M is one example. There is nothing we can find to indicate that the SP Sport 5100 is an exception. In fact, its criticisms are consistent with those assigned to associated "SP Sport" models from Dunlop.
Anything else to know?
Limited 18" size due to the intended OE application, and they're unreasonably expensive.
The good news is that there are numerous alternative options in the OE sizing. The class leading Continental ExtremeContact DWS (and more current Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06), and solid Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 are a couple of examples.
The SP Sport 5100 is a poor value, and off the pace of top tier ultra high performance all season options. We suggest that you remove the SP Sport 5100 from consideration.
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