Review: Goodyear Eagle F1 Directional 5 - The Ultra High Performance tyre, Almost.

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It's been a couple of months and over 2000kms with Goodyear's Eagle F1 Directional 5 tyres on the MINI and the experience has been satisfactory, more so with the inclusion of frequent rainy days really complimenting the driving experience. Initial thoughts of this new ultra high performance tyre contender, are that it pretty much does what it says on the box especially even when being compared to previous F1 Asymmetric that it replaces.

Read our previous post: Introducing: Eagle F1 Directional 5 tyre by Goodyear - The driving enthusiasts' tyre?



Putting the tyre through its paces in common driving conditions like on the highway, rough KL City roads, hill roads and more recently, Sepang circuit, i must say that it outperforms the F1 Asymmetric in noise, comfort and even in the wet. There is no sign of unduly tyre whine when carving the hills that the F1 Asymmetric annoyingly emits.



Its claimed high molecular polymer also provides noticeably soft, under high frequency deformation for shock absorption through uneven terrains but magically firms up under hard cornering load, perfect for blemish infested hill roads.



In the wet, Goodyear's signature wet-grip performance and V-thread exceeds all expectations in aqua planning reduction. While there are subtle steering feedback when hitting larger puddles, there are no signs of the car helplessly wanting to shift laterally. We're no strangers when it comes to rain in Malaysia, so when choosing performance tyres, wet performance is a crucial feature.



Our rating for Goodyear's Eagle F1 Directional 5 as a performance road tyre from our short term test:

Dry traction: 7
Being a contender in the Ultra High Performance tyre market, it is still, however a contender. Although grip in the dry is superb, it still lack the confidence its bigger brother, the Asymmetric 2 delivers. Having said that, it more than fulfills most drivers' demands in general circumstances.

Cornering stability: 7
At its limits, the tyre feels predictable. One could appreciate its firm sidewalls and shoulder rib innovation through serious twists and turns and should you feel like exploiting its limits, the Directional 5s knows when and how to tell you to back off. It is also a joy when maneuvering through surface changes no matter a rough or damp patch.

Wet traction: 8
In the wet is where this tyre shines. Although the Genting hill routes is not where one should explore the limits of wet grip, it is where such crucial abilities is needed the most, especially when descending the curvy downhill roads. While wet cornering grip is excellent, it's good to know these tyres also excel in wet braking. ABS tend to kick in much less.

Hydroplaning resistance: 9
The significant V-threading on the Directional 5s mean only one thing, Water dissipation. There's no doubting Goodyear's prowess in producing wet weather performing tyres through their proven Eagle F1 line up. In most wet driving conditions these tyres simply cuts through water and slashes through most puddles the highway can contain.

Ride comfort: 7
Comparing ride comfort against other similar models from brands such as Michelins, these Directional 5 may be just a tad lacking in the comfort department where it is somehow firmer in ride feel, and though it is not exactly as harsh as the Asymmetric, you might feel some of the little details present on the road surface. However, its innovative compound makes up for most of it when faced with potholes and really bad terrains where most competitors would fail to withstand.

Noise comfort: 7
Absolute silence is not what I would expect from tyres especially being performance biased rather than comfort, but having said that, there are other tyres out there that would trump the Directional 5 in quietness. Although there are no obvious whirring or whining, it is an accepted norm that in a performance oriented tyre with blocky threads, audible booms are inevitable.



Is it meant for you?
If you're looking for a tyre to replace your current small sedan or compact fitted with larger than stock wheels, these are perfect for you. The Eagle F1 Directional 5 is designed to bring sheer performance to the mid-segments. So for cars like the MINI, Swift, Civics and moderately powerful cars can truly benefit from these Eagle F1 Directional 5 tyres. However, one should consider other, more performance oriented tyre for their 200hp and up Evos or M3s as most features in the Directional 5 will quickly diminish when punished further.



A video of the Eagle F1 Directional 5 by Goodyear

Goodyear Directional 5 - YouTube

Read our previous post: Introducing: Eagle F1 Directional 5 tyre by Goodyear - The driving enthusiasts' tyre?

Official Goodyear Directional 5 website + Prices: http://www.goodyear.com.my/tyre_details.asp?tyre_code=Eaglef1D5
//www.zerotohundred.com/newforums/automotive-news/389972-introducing-eagle-f1-directional-5-tyre-by-goodyear-the-driving-enthusiasts-tyre.html
 

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Very informative write up...thanks
 

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Bang, Have to go track day with u first then I get semi slicks :biggrin:
 

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i trust goodyear the most, this Directional 5 is in the "must have" list :smile: thanx for the write ts
 

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Hi Tom! On 12 Feb, I passed by bangsar village and If im not mistaken I saw your car! Correct me if im wrong, anyway you have one of the nicest miniS on the road though! hehe
 

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hi dancerface, that's today, and yeah, that's the one. thanks for the compliments and also, it's up for sale if anyone's interested in ZTH's Green MINI :)
 

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walau..it really nice tire...how much for 195/60/15?hahaha..jk
 

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However, one should consider other, more performance oriented tyre for their 200hp and up Evos or M3s as most features in the Directinal 5 will quickly diminish when punished further.
Tom, what does 200hp above evos and M3s would choose over this?
 

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aggreed wit u abang tom.

my satria is fitted wit dis particular gy tyres oso.

slightly cheaper than t1r that i used b4 but at par in term of what i expected from t1r replacement tyres.

for a 1.6 mivec, i must say gy d5 serves my purposes well.
 

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Tom, what does 200hp above evos and M3s would choose over this?
From the same brand, i'd say the Asymmetric 2
 

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thanks Tom, would you recommend other brands?
 

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Re: Review: Goodyear Eagle F1 Directional 5 - The Ultra High Performance tyre, Almost

Obviously there are loads of tyre models to choose from and your wallet also dictates one's choice of rubbers to keep in contact with the road.

Incidentally, the Goodyear Eagle F1 D5s shall also soon to be the standard equipment for selected complete tuned IMPUL models.
 

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thanks Tom, would you recommend other brands?
there isn't really an ultimate tyre for everyone, just recommendations. But what car, wheels, and purpose are you looking at for your next set? Nexens / Roadstone are great in bang for buck, these Directional 5s are perfect for most purposes, then there are the Assymetric 2 that are on par with Michelin's Pilot Sport 2 or Continental's Sport Contact 3.
 

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Tom... love your Mini color... Signal Green FTW! hehe... :biggrin:

I'd been using Bridgestone Potenza RE001 & now RE002... performance quite nice... how does it compare to Goodyear F1 D5? do they have 205/40/17? how much per piece?

GY F1 D5 tread very stylo ~!

after RE002... I may wanna try other brand... :biggrin:
 
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thanks hazard, is that the same colour as your signature?

they don't make Directional 5s in 205/40 which was my intended size, but 205/45 was the next best choice.

here are the sizes for Eagle F1 Directional 5:

SERIES SIZE SPEED INDEX
40 215/40R17 W
45 205/45R16 W
45 205/45R17 W
45 215/45R17 W
45 215/45R18 W
45 225/45R17 W
45 245/45R17 Y
45 245/45R18 W
50 195/50R15 W
50 205/50R16 W
50 215/50R17 W
50 225/50R17 W
55 195/55R15 W
55 205/55R16 W
55 225/55R16 W
55 225/55R17 W

as for a comparison between the RE001 / 2 I can't say for sure since it was only a brief moment with the RE001 then, but i'd say in terms of all-out dry grip and constant enthusiastic driving, it's the bridgestones. Then again they would most probably not last half as long as the Goodyears, as well as being a great all rounder like the D5. It really depends on what your purpose is really.

More Daily + Some Action = Directional 5
More Action + Some Daily = RE00X

For prices: Eagle F1 Directional 5 - Tyres - Goodyear Malaysia
 

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thanks hazard, is that the same colour as your signature?

they don't make Directional 5s in 205/40 which was my intended size, but 205/45 was the next best choice.

here are the sizes for Eagle F1 Directional 5:

SERIES SIZE SPEED INDEX
40 215/40R17 W
45 205/45R16 W
45 205/45R17 W
45 215/45R17 W
45 215/45R18 W
45 225/45R17 W
45 245/45R17 Y
45 245/45R18 W
50 195/50R15 W
50 205/50R16 W
50 215/50R17 W
50 225/50R17 W
55 195/55R15 W
55 205/55R16 W
55 225/55R16 W
55 225/55R17 W

as for a comparison between the RE001 / 2 I can't say for sure since it was only a brief moment with the RE001 then, but i'd say in terms of all-out dry grip and constant enthusiastic driving, it's the bridgestones. Then again they would most probably not last half as long as the Goodyears, as well as being a great all rounder like the D5. It really depends on what your purpose is really.

More Daily + Some Action = Directional 5
More Action + Some Daily = RE00X

For prices: Eagle F1 Directional 5 - Tyres - Goodyear Malaysia
sweet... thanx for the info... there's no 205/40... they should have that size.. its common in Malaysia.... huhu...

However, how much the treadwear for D5? RE002 is 220... last time i use RE001, last me around almost 3 years... till pecah... LOL! :rofl:

p/s : if u remembered someone asked u about the color code on your Mini... thats me... I sprayed the color on my Wira & my lil' bro kelisa... hehe... :slug:
 

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Signal green works very well on your car too
 

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Threadwear for the D5 is 300..
 

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thanks for the additional detail ehdrian.

anyone who's got personal experience with the directional 5, please contribute your findings, we'd like to hear more from you
 

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No prob, Tom..
 

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I'm currently using this tire for my Mark X for a few months now and my experience is more or less similar. Overall a good tire except a bit noisy.
 

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Noisy?.. Oh no... I've plan to change to this tyre, currently using pilot preceda (40% thread left). Btw thankz for the info. Anybody have comment/opinion/experience about goodyear f1 asymmetric 2? 205 55 16 price?
 

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Hi Tom,
To my understanding, these GY F1 D5 is to replace their aging GY GS-D3. The F1 Asy 2 is to replace their F1 Asy.....

The F1 D5 and F1 Asy 2 were launched together......


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Noisy?.. Oh no... I've plan to change to this tyre, currently using pilot preceda (40% thread left). Btw thankz for the info. Anybody have comment/opinion/experience about goodyear f1 asymmetric 2? 205 55 16 price?
Being directional, if the wear becomes uneven the noise will become louder...

---------- Post added at 02:34 PM ---------- 6 hour anti-bump limit - Previous post was at 02:26 PM ----------

Noisy?.. Oh no... I've plan to change to this tyre, currently using pilot preceda (40% thread left). Btw thankz for the info. Anybody have comment/opinion/experience about goodyear f1 asymmetric 2? 205 55 16 price?
GY F1 Asy 2 size start with 17" and with lower profile like 45 series....
 
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thanks for clearing the air vr2turbo
 

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Thankz guy's.. I really don't know much bout gy f1 asymm 2.. I mean bout the production size available.. Hmm that why i cannot find any 16 inch size in goodyear malaysia website. This tyre really have a good feedback from a few of expert from overseas, really want to test/try how it perform. Thankz again
 

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Yeah, I would've bought the Asy if it's available in the sizes I was looking for. The D5 is the next best from GY. Just a little bit noisy but still acceptable IMHO.