Dunlop Signature HP Tire Review & Rating
The recently released Dunlop Signature HP is the company’s newest ultra-high performance all-season tire. Built for drivers of all types of sports cars, coupes and high-performance sedans, the HP is designed to deliver increased year round traction, more responsive handling and a longer lasting treadlife.
An enhanced all-season tread compound and asymmetric tread pattern provide excellent traction, handling and braking on dry road surfaces. Dunlop has added larger outer shoulder blocks and continuous center ribs that give the tire the kind of handling and steering response you would expect from a UHP model. Steering is quick and responsive, while confidently gripping the pavement around corners.
Four circumferential grooves help evacuate water away from the tire and reduce hydroplaning, while the unique tread pattern and added sipes aid in driving on snow and ice, although this is not an area the tire excels in. Wet braking is another plus on the Signature HP.
Dunlop uses contoured edges around the shoulders to reduce road noise and increase comfort, which the tire does an adequate job at. Inside the tread are two high-density steel belts and JointLess Band Technology that adds strength and durability to the tread. The end result is longer and more even treadwear, which is evidenced by its 500 UTQG rating.
Sizes are available ranging from 16-19 inches, and speed ratings in either V or W. Dunlop warrants the HP for 45,000 miles.
- Dry and wet traction
- Responsive steering and cornering stability
- Ride is comfortable and quiet
- Even treadwear
- Would like to see a little more winter performance
For a UHP tire, the Dunlop HP is a good overall performer, as well as one that may frustrate more spirited drivers. What we mean by that is the fact this tire could easily become one of the best models in this class if Dunlop would have only upped the cornering grip. While it’s more than adequate for average driving and everyday use, for those who like to take corners at a much faster clip… you’re likely to be disappointed. It simply doesn’t provide that crisp handling you look for, or what tires like the BFGoodrich Comp-2 A/S delivers.
Aside from that, this tire does very well in other areas like dry and wet traction, ride comfort and even treadlife. Winter traction is iffy like it is on most high-performance tires, but it’s ok in light snow.
While arguably not on the level of models like the Continental DWS06 or Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 Plus, this Dunlop HP tire provides surprisingly good performance. We give it a rank in upper half of its class.
What Vehicles Will The Dunlop Signature HP Fit?
(This is not a complete list of ALL vehicles this tire will fit)
- Acura RSX, TSX, TL, RL, 3.2CL, Allroad
- Audi A3, A4, A6, TT, S3
- BMW Z4, 3 Series, 5 Series, M3
- Cadillac CTS, Catera
- Chevy Camaro, Aveo, Cobalt, Sonic, Malibu, Impala
- Chrysler PT Cruiser, Sebring
- Dodge Dart, Avenger
- Ford Fusion, Mustang
- Honda Civic, Accord, S2000, CR-V
- Hyundai Azera, Genesis, Sonata, Elantra
- Infiniti G35
- Kia Forte, Soul
- Mazda6, Mazda3, Mazda5, RX-7
- Mercedes-Benz E300
- Mini Cooper
- Mitsubishi Eclipse, Galant
- Nissan 370Z, Maxima, Sentra, Leaf
- Scion xD, xB
- Subaru Impreza, Legacy 2.5 GT, Outback
- Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Camry
- Volkswagen Golf, Jetta, Beetle, Passat, Touran
- Volvo V70, C30, S90, S70, C70
205/55R16 91V BSW
205/60R16 92V BSW
245/40R17 91W BSW
215/45R17 91W XL BSW
225/45R17 94W XL BSW
235/45R17 94W BSW
245/45R17 95W BSW
205/50R17 93V XL BSW
225/50R17 94W BSW
235/50R17 96V BSW
225/55R17 97V BSW
235/55R17 99W BSW
255/35R18 94W XL BSW
225/40R18 92W XL BSW
235/40R18 95W XL BSW
245/40R18 93W BSW
255/40R18 99W XL BSW
215/45R18 93W XL BSW
225/45R18 95W XL BSW
235/45R18 94V BSW
245/45R18 96W BSW
255/45R18 99W BSW
225/50R18 95W BSW
235/50R18 97W BSW
255/55R18 109V XL BSW
225/60R18 100V BSW
255/35R19 96W XL BSW
245/40R19 94W BSW
245/45R19 98W BSW
255/50R19 107W XL BSW
Dunlop Signature HP prices range from approximately $97 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.
Dunlop provides a 6-year or 45,000 mile tread warranty on the Signature HP. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for first year or first 2/32 inch of wear.
Materials and workmanship are warranted for 6-years and include free replacement during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.
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