Dunlop SP Sport 5000 Symmetrical Sizes & review

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The SP Sport 5000 is Dunlop’s Ultra High Performance All-Season radial developed for drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans. The SP Sport 5000 is designed to provide ultra high performance and all-season versatility by blending traction on dry and wet roads with traction in light snow.

Depending on the tire size and/or Original Equipment vehicle application, the tires feature either an asymmetric or symmetric tread design to tune their comfort, traction and performance characteristics. Most lower profile sizes feature an asymmetric tread design that feature large interconnected outer shoulder blocks and independent intermediate tread blocks to enhance dry road cornering and stability, while the inner tread blocks with open shoulder grooves enhance wet traction and reduce the risk of hydroplaning. Most higher aspect ratio sizes feature a symmetric version with large shoulder blocks, notched intermediate ribs and a continuous center rib to balance dry cornering and handling with wet traction and hydroplaning resistance.

Full-face, cross-cut sipes engineered into all sizes provide more biting edges for slush and snow traction, and an exclusive high performance all-season tread compound is used to blend traction, treadwear, and rolling resistance to meet a wide range of driving and weather conditions. The tires’ internal structures include twin steel belts reinforced by Dunlop’s Jointless Band (JLB) technology that uses spirally wound nylon to provide high-speed durability while it reduces weight and helps provide more uniform ride quality.

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  1. These tires came installed from the factory. I hadn’t noticed this when I test-drove the car, but these are extremely noisy tires! They aren’t bad around town, but as soon as you exceed 50 mph they get a little loud. I understand that Mazda isn’t well known for sound insulation, but the notion that these generate so much noise to begin with is unacceptable. I’ve had $80 tires on an old Accord that were quieter.They handle well in corners and provide plenty of grip, but I wish there was more feedback. They ride as well as can be expected for a low-profile tire on 18″ rims.

  2. Stock tires for 2016 Mazda 6. Tires were extremely close to hitting wear bars when one of them picked up a screw in the tread. They were bad enough tires that I decided to replace the whole set rather than prolong their life with a tire plug. Best decision I ever made. Do not buy these tires. You will lose traction in the rain, guaranteed. The road noise will be extremely loud. I didn’t realize how bad the dry traction was until I got my new tires, and cornering (even slow speed turns) was noticeably smoother with new tires. Never driven through snow/ice. Replaced at 27k miles, but probably could’ve gotten them to 30k if I didn’t replace them early.

  3. These tires don’t do the Mazda 3 any justice. Off the line acceleration is hampered because it breaks traction immediately. Long sweeping onramps that could be taken at 45 in dry conditions are dangerous any where above 35 in the damp (I had these tires break traction at 40 the first time I took the turn with traction control working hard to keep the car going the right direction). These Dunlops are POSs. I used to have an ok perception of Dunlop — my ’11 WRX had summer Dunlops that were decent — but these have changed my mind. On a side note, Mazda should be ashamed at cutting costs in what ultimately is your first line of safety… the thing that keeps you on the road and gets you to a full stop: tires.

  4. These tires are definitely the worst tires I have ever had. They do not handle well in the rain on in cool conditions. The noise off these tires are insane. I would not recommend these to anyone for any reason at anytime.

  5. Worst tires I ever had. They came as OE fitment in my 2015 Mazda 3 S. I got a set of winter tires, so I used these tires for 3 years, about 8 months a year, and put about 12000 on them. They are dry rotted and tread depth is at 4/32. During its short life, they had good traction but are very noisy. Haven’t tried them in snow.

  6. These were the OEM tires on my 2017 Mazda 6 GT. I live in NJ so while I don’t need winter tires, I do need all season tires for the sometimes 2+ feet of snow we get each year. These are considered Ultra High Performance all seasons. But the all season part really does not apply, as it does not with many so called UHP all season tires I have used. These are simply the worst tires I have every had the opportunity to experience in winter. Not only is snow and ice traction abysmal even when new, but dry performance in freezing temps is tricky on sweeping turns like off ramps with the rear end of my mazda snapping out unexpectedly at times, where in warmer conditions this is not an issue. They also damage easily when in freezing temps, so watch those potholes. They are good summer tires however, great traction in dry. I have not had any problems with wet traction in rain. Very responsive and confident steering in warmer weather. Just not a good tire for anything outside year round warmer climates unless you are also getting dedicated winter tires. As far as tread wear it looks like they were half worn at 16K miles. After I had two damaged tires from potholes, I replaced them with lower cost Michelin touring tires which make the car a true all season tire at the cost of some performance. Given the Mazda 6’s low power, touring all seasons make more sense at least for me.

  7. I don’t understand the hate for this tire in the reviews. Maybe it’s a cold weather thing. They served me well in FL for over 41K miles (almost always over 40 degrees). They would’ve lasted 50K, but a pothole destroyed one so I replaced the set early. I wouldn’t say I loved these tires, but they were pretty good for OEM tires… much better than the second generation Mazda3 OEM Yokohama Avids. I never had any issues with lost grip, hydroplaning or poor braking. My only gripe would be excessive road noise, which seems to be standard for Mazda. I replaced the Dunlops with Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ based on all the great reviews (picked over the Continental ExtremeContact DWS, which I loved on my previous Mazda3). I’m not convinced it was a good swap (other than $40 less per tire). The Michelin’s are marginally better in almost every category (handing, road feel, noise), but significantly worse for mileage. I’m talking improvements that most drivers probably wouldn’t notice, but a 10% hit on mileage: down over 3mpg on average, worse in city driving. The Dunlops had a good balance that made an economy wanna-be luxury car feel sporty. The Michelin’s make the Mazda3 feel like a sports car that isn’t very fast or responsive. The former is more entertaining.

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