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Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2

Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 Review - A Good Buy? Test Data [2024]

Here are the key stats for the Sport Maxx RT2, at a glance.
Key Info - Australia
Vehicle SuitabilityPassenger
Driving StyleUltra High Performance Summer
SeasonSummer
Release Date2016
Run Flat?No
Overall Score76/100

Pricing

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Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 in Australia

This offering by Dunlop has been around in Australia for about 8 years. Especially designed for regular passenger (non-SUV) vehicles, it comes in a total of 141 sizes.

This ultra high performance summer tyre is a solid option for those looking for a summer tyre in the premium end of the market. Note that it is not a runflat tyre.

Read on to see how it stacks up against the competition!

How We Reviewed The Sport Maxx RT2 Tyres

Unlike the Australian government, the European Union carries out standardised tests on all tyres sold in Europe. These tests are carried out in identical conditions, making them a reliable way to compare tyres.

For this review, we use averaged results from tests done on 104 sizes of the Sport Maxx RT2 tyres by the European Union.

We then compare these to the same results for the following similar tyres, also rated for Ultra High Performance Summer usage and sold in Australia.

Fuel Efficiency

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Fuel Efficiency
(A - E)
C0.2L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$53 extra per year

The US Department of Energy estimates that around 25% of the fuel consumption of a vehicle is attributable to the tyres. That's a lot, and it means that choosing fuel efficient tyres can save you quite a bit of money.

The Sport Maxx RT2 tyres rank a C on a scale of A to E in the official fuel efficiency tests carried out by the EU (they call these rolling resistance tests).

Relative to an A grade tyre, expect to use an extra 0.2L/100km. This works out to $53 extra spent on petrol per year, based on a typical 12,000 km driven per year.

Comparison

Here's how the Sport Maxx RT2 compares to similar tyres for fuel efficiency (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Based on the comparison tyres we've selected, the Sport Maxx RT2 ranked # out of 0 tyres.

Grip & Handling

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Wet Grip
(A - E)
ANo difference

We'll now take a look at how these tyres compare in terms of grip and handling.

A good measure of this is 'wet grip', which is an indication of how well the tyres will allow the vehicle to come to a stop in wet conditions.

The Sport Maxx RT2 tyres rank a A on a scale of A to E in the official fuel tests carried out by the EU.

This is the highest possible rating, and indicates excellent grip and handling in wet conditions relative to other tyres.

Comparison

Here's how the Sport Maxx RT2 compares to similar tyres for wet grip (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

For wet grip, they scored # out of 0 comparison tyres.

Noise

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Noise
(A - C)
B (72 dB)2 times as noisy

Another key factor to consider when choosing a tyre is road noise. Once you're over about 40 km/h, the dominant source of noise you hear is from the contact of your tyres on the road.

There is a surprisingly wide variation in the amount of noise each tyre makes.

The Sport Maxx RT2 tyres produce 71.5 dB of road noise, which corresponds to a rank of B on a scale of A to C in the standardised testing done by the EU.

Expect these tyres to produce about 2 times as much noise as an A grade tyre (the decibel scale is logarithmic).

Comparison

Here's how the Sport Maxx RT2 compares to similar tyres for noise (1 = Grade C, 3 = Grade A).

For noise, they ranked # out of 0 comparison tyres.

Comfort

Based on the results of a number of tyre benchmarks, including those below, the Sport Maxx RT2 scores 5 out of 5 for comfort.

  • Gute Fahrt: Summer Tire Test R18
  • Evo: UHP Summer Tire Test R18
  • Gute Fahrt: Summer Tire Test R19
  • Evo: UHP Summer Tire Test R18
  • Motor: Summer Tire Test R17
  • ADAC: Summer Tire Test R17
  • Auto Bild 2023: Summer Tire Test R18
  • Auto Bild: Summer Tire Test R19
  • Consumer Reports: Ultra High Performance Summer Tires
  • Auto Zeitung: Summer Tire Test R18
  • Auto Bild: Large Summer Tire Test R17
  • Auto Bild: Summer Tire Test R17
  • Auto Bild: Summer Tire Test R18

Treadwear

With a UTQG treadwear rating of 300, the Sport Maxx RT2 would theoretically last 3 times longer than a tyre with a treadwear rating of 100.

Traction

The UTQG system measures traction as straight-line braking in dry conditions. The scale is AA, A, B, C, with AA being the best grade, and C the worst.

These tyres score a grade of AA.

Temperature Resistance

The UTQG temperature resistance tests measure how well tyres can dissipate heat that builds up due to friction with the road. The scale is A, B, C, with A being the highest grade.

These tyres score a grade of A.

Warranty

We don't have any warranty data for this tyre, unfortunately. Know how long the warranty period is? Let us know over at the contact page.

Comparisons With Similar Tyres

Still undecided as to whether to go with these ultra high performance summer tyres? Check out our data-driven comparisons to similar tyres on the market in Australia!

Summary

With an overall rating of 76 out of 100, the Sport Maxx RT2 tyres are a solid choice for anyone looking to replace their car rubber with some tyres designed for ultra high performance summer action.

For fuel efficiency, they score a grade of C, which is more or less average, though this isn't a super important factor.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, they get a score of A, which is outstanding.

Finally, for road noise, they receive a B grade, which is about typical.

In terms of data out of the US, they have the following UTQG ratings:

  • Treadwear: 300
  • Traction: AA (scale: AA, A, B, C)
  • Temperature Resistance: A (scale: A, B, C)

Full Size List (click to show)

Below is a list of all 141 sizes of the Sport Maxx RT2 tyres sold in Australia, sorted by tyre width. Select your preferred size to compare prices across multiple suppliers.

Size
205/40 R18 86Y XL
205/45 R17 88W XL
205/45 R18 90Y XL
205/45 R18 (90Y) XL
205/50 R17 (93Y) XL
205/45 R17 88Y XL
205/50 R17 93Y XL
205/40 R17 84W XL
215/55 R17 98W
215/40 R18 89W XL
215/40 R17 (87Y) XL
215/55 R18 99V XL
215/45 R17 91Y XL
215/55 R17 (94Y)
215/45 R17 (91Y) XL
215/50 R17 95Y XL
215/40 R17 87Y XL
215/55 R17 98W XL
215/55 R17 94Y
215/50 R17 (95Y) XL
225/50 R17 98Y XL
225/55 R17 97Y
225/55 R17 (101Y) XL
225/55 R17 (97Y)
225/55 R18 102V XL
225/50 R17 (98Y) XL
225/55 R17 101Y XL
225/45 R17 94Y XL
225/45 R17 94W XL
225/45 R19 92W
225/60 R18 104Y XL
225/45 R17 (94Y) XL
225/50 R17 94Y
225/55 R18 98V
225/45 R18 (95Y) XL
225/35 R18 87Y XL
225/40 R18 92Y XL
225/45 R18 95Y XL
225/35 R19 (88Y) XL
225/35 R19 88Y XL
225/40 R18 (92Y) XL
225/45 R17 (91Y)
225/45 R17 91Y
225/50 R17 (94Y)
225/55 R17 101W XL
235/50 R18 97V
235/65 R17 108V XL
235/65 R18 106W
235/60 R18 107W XL
235/40 R18 (95Y) XL
235/35 R19 (91Y) XL
235/45 R17 94Y
235/45 R17 (97Y) XL
235/55 R17 (103Y) XL
235/55 R18 100V
235/50 R19 99V
235/35 R19 91Y XL
235/45 R17 97Y XL
235/55 R19 101Y
235/55 R19 105Y XL
235/45 R18 (98Y) XL
235/45 R17 (94Y)
235/55 R17 103Y XL
235/40 R18 95Y XL
235/45 R20 100W XL
235/45 R18 98Y XL
235/60 R17 106V XL
245/40 R18 (97Y) XL
245/45 R19 (102Y) XL
245/40 R19 98Y XL
245/40 R18 97Y XL
245/35 R18 92Y XL
245/40 R19 (98Y) XL
245/40 R17 95Y XL
245/35 R18 (92Y) XL
245/45 R17 (99Y) XL
245/35 R19 (93Y) XL
245/40 R17 91Y
245/40 R18 93Y
245/45 R17 99Y XL
245/45 R18 (100Y) XL
245/45 R18 100Y XL
245/45 R17 (95Y)
245/35 R20 95V XL
245/40 R17 (91Y)
245/45 R19 102Y XL
245/35 R19 93Y XL
245/40 R18 (93Y)
245/40 R17 (95Y) XL
245/45 R17 95Y
245/35 R20 95Y XL
255/40 R19 (100Y) XL
255/35 R20 (97Y) XL
255/30 R19 (91Y) XL
255/35 R19 96Y XL
255/55 R19 111W XL
255/35 R20 97Y XL
255/35 R18 (94Y) XL
255/60 R18 108Y
255/45 R18 99Y
255/35 R19 (96Y) XL
255/55 R18 109Y XL
255/35 R18 94Y XL
255/30 R20 92Y XL
255/40 R21 102Y XL
255/40 R19 100Y XL
255/45 R18 (103Y) XL
255/45 20 105Y XL
255/45 R18 (99Y)
255/50 R20 109Y XL
255/40 R20 101Y XL
255/40 R18 99Y XL
255/45 R18 103Y XL
255/50 R19 107Y XL
255/30 R19 91Y XL
255/30 R20 (92Y) XL
265/45 R21 104W
265/35 R18 (97Y) XL
265/50 R19 110Y XL
265/35 R18 97Y XL
275/35 R19 (100Y) XL
275/35 R19 100Y XL
275/45 R20 110Y XL
275/40 R21 107Y XL
275/35 R18 (95Y)
275/40 R20 106Y XL
275/40 R18 103Y XL
275/45 R21 110Y XL
275/45 R19 108Y XL
275/35 R18 95Y
275/55 R19 111V
285/30 R20 (99Y) XL
285/35 R21 105Y XL
285/30 R19 (98Y) XL
285/30 R20 99Y XL
285/30 R19 98Y XL
285/45 R20 112Y XL
285/45 R19 111W XL
285/40 20 108Y XL
295/35 R21 107Y XL
315/35 R20 110Y XL
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