Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2009 Jaguar XF
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Tampa, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
November 04, 2012

I can't believe I've had these tires for 18,000 miles. I asked my tire dealer what he thought as he rotated them last week ($80 for staggered low profiles. He spent 1 1/2 hours turning them "inside out")

He thought they were good for another 10k. I doubt it but the bridgestones that were on last only made 15k before they were eaten by the Jag.

I am shocked with how much quieter and how well they handle water too. I'll take another set! I'll just wait for 5-6k. :)

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2009 Audi A6 3.0T Sedan Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Atlanta, GA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
November 05, 2012

Put a set of these on my wife's A6. Instantly you can tell a difference in Noise ( way quieter than the p6's ever were) and ride quality. she is not an aggressive driver. but she does put the pedal down on the highway. these are so smooth and quiet that you have to look down at the speedo and back off or you will find yourself going 90 no problem ! really !! They are too new to say anything about wet traction but I will report back. so far very pleased.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2006 Mini Cooper S Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
November 05, 2012

I don't know how many miles I've gotten out of them as I always wear the fronts out before the rears. (No, I didn't get 50,000 miles.) I could do some calculations and include the extra pair, but in general, the fronts will wear out around 8 to 9000 miles. But then my convertible Mini is a full JCW car with 220 hp and I drive it hard so I really don't care about tire mileage.

They are fantastic tires, though, and perform remarkably in dry and wet. Car and Driver did a tire summer high performance tire test a while back and these Hankooks took 2nd place to the Dunlop Direzzo's (not available in my size). These Hankooks actually bettered/equaled the popular Michelin PS2's. Read what Car and Driver had to say here: http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/hankook-ventus-v12-evo-page-10

They're really great tires and for the price, they're awesome!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88

2006 Mazda MazdaSpeed6
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Rosemount, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
November 01, 2012

This tire is hands down the best bang for your buck of any summer performance street tire. The dry and wet grip are outstanding. It has very respectable amount of feedback and is more comfortable than it has any right to be considering how much grip it offers. It has a ridiculous amount of grip for a street tire at nearly all temps. Even down below freezing it still maintains excellent dry grip which is unusual for a summer tire. The wet traction, in my experience, is 2nd only to a Hoosier rain racing tire. For my street cars I will personally buy nothing else. It hangs with and surpasses overall performance of street tires costing twice as much.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57
 
 

2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Green Bay, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
November 05, 2012

Just bought these tires a month ago to replace worn out dunlop sp sport. bought them just in time for the fall raining season. these tires handle execptional well in the rain. didn't feel any hydroplaning at 70mph. these tires grip really well in dry road and ride smoothly, can't really tell if they're quiet due to my tune exhaust. at first i had pump air in these tires at 40psi, didn't like the way they handle on wet or dry. so decrease it down to 35psi and these tires are glue on the road. haven't driven them on snow yet but can't wait to see how they will handle the wisconsin winter. these tires should come standard with all mitsubishi lancer evo or any awd car because of their capabilities. i would definately buy these for year round tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Monday, November 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.67

2002 Toyota Celica GTS
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: DULUTH, MN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
November 04, 2012

These tires replaced my toyo proxes t1r's. The tires have approx. 2000 km's on them.
Considering the price, i'am very happy with the dry grip and have not tested them enough on wet pavement to give an accurate rating. Overall i'am happy with the tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Monday, November 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.88

2005 Pontiac GTO
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Longview, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
October 22, 2012

I bought this Gto with these tires on it and they have been a very good tire. This paticular Gto has quiet a few things done and makes right at 500whp. In the rain the handle great as do they in the dry. Now for dry traction I would say they are decent because they can some what handle 500hp. From a stop punching it there is no grip at all. From 50 and under its about the same haha. But from 50 or over is will spin a little then hook pretty good. So overall they are a really decent tire for the money.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Friday, October 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: All Over, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
October 15, 2012

I have had these tires on my Evo for the past 6 months and they have been nothing but fantastic. I mainly do highway and some city driving and the tires are extremely grippy. No matter how hard I take a corner they stick to the road and there has been little road noise as compared to other tires that I have owned. The only bad thing is under extreme torrential rain there was some hydroplaning but I guess that is to be expected with the tread pattern. However, regular rain and wet roads the tires still have a lot of grip.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Friday, October 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2006 Lexus IS250
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Miles driven on tires: 42,000
Location: Grass Valley, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 42,000 Miles on Tires
October 16, 2012

I ran these on an 06 Lexus is250 not because I wanted to but because they were on the car when I bought it. I've always run BFG, Perelli and mostly name brand well know tires. I have to say I was surprised as to how well these tires wore and the handling given the price they were just as good as anything else I had run that cost twice as much. You can push these hard into the corners with confidence.
I live in the sierras and they performed well on our roads. They are not good on snow or ice, it is a performance tire after all.
I just purchased my second set.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.12

1995 Subaru SVX
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Miles driven on tires: 3,600
Location: EAST STROUDSBURG, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,600 Miles on Tires
October 01, 2012

If you are looking for a summer tire to take it to the limit forget it but for every day highway driving it's just fine rides very comfortably and quietly plus the price was excellent!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Friday, October 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57

2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK32
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Richmond, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
October 03, 2012

I raced open wheel formula cars for years and the the AMG I have I plan on retiring in 2 years. The Hankooks were about $400 cheaper than the tires I had with the rebate. I had Michelin Pilots on it and they were responsive but horrible in rain and even a 1/4" of snow. I think I got 22,000 miles out of them so we could say they were well shaved as a comparison.

Even those these are new tires, I detected very little of the squirminess that some suggested, but they obviously weren't as quick as my well worn Michelins.

However, today, these tires saved me on a damp downtown road when a scooter ran a stop sign. I had to throw the car into a spin to miss him. 160 degrees one way, then I overshot the correction to about 180 degrees and was able to come to a stop without hitting the guy or the cars parked on the street. I would have slid like I was on ice in the Michelins and the scooter guy would have been in a world of hurt. As it was, I got a quick shot of adrenaline and the scooter guy just needed to clean his shorts.

The tires kept me out of what would have been a sure accident. I'll take that any day.
The Hankooks are quieter and smoother (maybe because of the thicker tread?.) When I give it the the gas at a busy intersection, the wheels don't spin like the aged Michelins. It was almost a struggle with the Pilots to keep them from spinning (349 HP in the SLK. The Hankooks bite the asphalt and I have yet to accidentally make them spin.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38

2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8
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Miles driven on tires: 16,500
Location: Oceanside, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 16,500 Miles on Tires
October 04, 2012

Before I bought this set of 255/45ZR-20 Hankook Ventus V12s. tire of choice for my mixed driving was Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercars in the same size. After viewing comparison tests between the V12's & the F1's (and being dismayed by the ever increasing price of the F1's), I decided to give the V12s a try. The result: total satisfaction with the V12's!!! Tire treadwear life was nearly identical to the F1s! My use of the tires consists of spirited street driving combined with brutal Autocross driving. Compared with the F1's, the V12's delivered the same treadwear, stickier performance when cold, better dry traction, & comparable cornering/steering performance......All at less than half the price of the F1's!!!! To allow me to rotate the tires on my 4,200lb Magnum SRT8 & to provide better turn-in, I run the 255/45's at all 4 corners (38psi front/34psi rear hot). As the V12's are uni-directional (one direction of rotation), I rotated them front/rear until about 8,000 miles (when the outside tread was worn down to the treadwear bars), then remounted them inside out (on the opposite side of the car) to put the nearly unworn edges on the outside. HOLY **** why did my tires wear so "quickly"? This year I did over 100 Autocross runs at Qualcomm Stadium SD which is arguably one of the knarliest autocross surfaces in the country (and my driving technique is not quite as refined as it should be. My street miles are "Spirited" as well. I would expect 25,000 miles+ from these tires if I did not use them for autocross. My driving style makes it time for new V12s at 16,500 miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Thursday, October 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4

2012 BMW 135i Coupe M Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
September 27, 2012

After reading a lot of reviews I picked these tires for a couple of reasons, but being honest, one of the biggest was price. Here's a description of my driving: while I'm a fairly aggressive driver, the reality is that I live in San Francisco so going flat out just isn't possible. As a result, I wanted a tire that was grippy and could put the power down, resolved the woeful run-flat ride and got good wear.

I can't report on the treadwear since it's just too soon to tell. But what I can say is that on the first two fronts, the tires are a big success. They do have plenty and plenty of grip. It makes the car a lot more fun to drive since with the old stock tires, I never felt confident of what the rear was doing. Now, I know what the tires are doing and can predictably drive more aggressively.

They're also a lot more comfortable. Amazingly more comfortable. The car's suspension was really good at managed most road surfaces but anything that was too jarring (which is common around here) would really unsettle the ride. Driving around now, all the old expansion joints and pot holes I would have dove three lanes over to avoid don't break my spine. The car glides over them. As a bonus, these tires are amazingly quiet. So much so that driving on most freeways, you legitimately can't hear any road noise. Wind noise, yes, but not road and tire noise.

So would I prefer a tire with more response? Yes. They do have soft sidewalls and you can feel it if you start sawing at the wheel. The reality though is that I'm never really driving much any more for this to be a problem. I still get good initial steering response and good steering feel which to me is one of the most important aspects of a tire.

What this tire is a great, affordable GT tire. Not something to take to the track and, truthfully, calling it a "max performance tire" is pretty dishonest. It's just not what it's for. It's for sporty, comfortable driving. For the price, it's hard to beat.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7

2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: San Jose, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
October 01, 2012

I have a set of the Hankook Ventus V12s on my Mazdaspeed 3 that have just worn down to 2/32". I checked my order history and I've had them for almost exactly 2 1/2 (two and a half) years. This is on a car that I use every day for everything, including a half hour work commute (in each direction). I don't do any track days or any type of racing. I just wanted to primarily give others an indication of the tread life. It's on the short side, in my opinion.

As for my impressions of these tires... My original equipment was the Bridgestone RE050A that came with the vehicle. The Ventus V12s were notably cheaper. They are also more for summer and dry conditions. I found slightly more road noise with the Hankooks. I also found them to be more grippy around the corners, and I think they're easier to launch with as well, with less wheel hop / fuss (my car is front wheel drive).

I was pretty happy with these tires. I want to mention again, that while tread life might be relatively short, you really can't beat the price of these. I was happy with performance and grip.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.71

1999 BMW 323is
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Omaha, NE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
September 17, 2010

Prior to this tire, I had Continental ContisportContacts. Those tires were getting to the wear indicators but I didn't notice any drop in performance. I had excellent, very crisp feel with those tires. I have Bilstein Sport shocks & struts and H&R Sport springs. The ContisportContacts are a very good tire for on Bilstein Sports.



Moving to the V12 K110's, it was immediately obvious that responsiveness was not as good. This gave the handling characteristics a "rubbery" feeling. Transitioning in turns really brings out this negative characteristic for this tire, in this size, on this suspension.



That said, the overall dry grip is very good. Wet grip is completely acceptable, but I definitely could feel some hydroplaning in heavy rain. They are more comfortable and much quieter than the Conti's (I don't recall how comfortable/quiet the Conti's were when new).



Due to the rubbery response I now have, I won't get these tires again. Other than that, the price was great, they have great traction, and they're comfortable and quiet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Friday, September 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.57

2003 Nissan 350Z Track
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: LANGHORNE, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
September 19, 2012

After less than one year, 4000 miles and three HPDE events, one tire had a significant number of chunks out of the tread and was not covered under the warranty. "Maximum Performance" doesn't apply to anything other than sedate street driving.

Enkei Racing Series RPF1 for Subaru, Honda, Mazda and More

Friday, September 21, 2012 by Gary Stanley
If you're an automotive enthusiast, you likely know the name Enkei for their outstanding high quality aluminum alloy wheels. Enkei has been producing lightweight, strong and reliable wheels in Japan since 1950 for everything from Original Equipment options to Formula One and WRC rally racing. The Enkei Racing Series is their highest level of aftermarket wheels and incorporates their MAT process and extensive testing that exceeds JWL and VIA strength standards.
 
MAT stands for "Most Advanced Technology" and is a process that combines Enkei's MAP (Most Advanced Production) and flow-forming forging technology. The complete MAT process has a drastic impact on the microstructure of aluminum and results in outstanding improvement of the mechanical property of the material. With wheels and tires becoming larger, use of the MAT process to manufacture wheels becomes even more important. In order to reduce weight under a vehicle's suspension, larger wheels must remain light. Enkei Racing Series' newer generation of 10% - 15% lighter weight, forged MAT wheels are stronger and retain optimum anti-flex properties.
 
One of Enkei Racing Series most popular wheels is the RPF1. The RPF1 is available in a variety of bolt patterns in diameters from 14" up to 18" to fit a large number of vehicle applications from a 1990 Mazda Miata to a 2012 Nissan 370Z. Some of the most popular vehicle applications are Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, Subaru Impreza WRX, Mazda MX-5 and Honda S2000 cars. It's also available in many different finishes including black painted and bright silver paint.
 
Check out this photo of a 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX with the Enkei Racing Series RPF1 wheels in a black painted finish.


To check to see if this wheel is available for your vehicle, shop by vehicle. Our site will show you the complete list of wheels that fit your car and let you view them on the vehicle. You can also pair up your wheels with high performance tires to create a Tire & Wheel Package that's ready to install upon arriving to your home or installer. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2006 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Memphis, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
September 14, 2012

I just bought these tires and I switched from the Eagle F1's. When i got the tires put on it was a night and day difference. I could tell the difference right out of the tire shop that I had made an excellent choice. I made the choice from reading the reviews and comments that were made. The grip on the tires is very nice and no road noise at all. I got caught in the rain heading to the other side of town going to a party. I hate driving in the rain period. But with the new tire I actually for got it was raing and went on to the party. The tires just drove straight through the rain like it was dry pavement. Excellent choice for the money, i really want to see how long they last.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: ONEIDA, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
August 15, 2012

Porsche 993's are notorious for rear tire wear. I have a conservative street alignment, and got 11K miles out of my first set of Hankooks on the rear. These tires replaced a set of Michelin Pilot Sports. A full set of four Hankooks, cost as much as a pair of rear Michelins. For street use, and the occasional auto-x, Hankooks are the best IMHO.

Great wet and dry weather performance, very low road noise, and the car rides smooth. Ride quality is certainly a very subjective thing naturally, afterall...my 993 is lowered, and has adjustable sways and a strut brace. That being said, it rides better than my wife's 2012 Mini Countryman S ALL4..thos e---- runflats you know.

Highly reccomend these tires, great value, long wear, and very predictable road characteristics.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38

2009 Pontiac G8 GT
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Stuart, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
August 13, 2012

I've had these tires on my car now for about 2 months and they were replacements for the original equipped Bridgestone Potenza. I went back and forth with replacing my tires with the Potenza, the Continental DW or Hankook Ventus and I can honestly say I am extremely pleased with my selection. It ultimately came down to the reviews that were posted by others who had purchased these tires. I live in Florida and the handling of the tires in both wet and dry conditions was extremely important to me. These tires continue to amaze me every time I get into my car and quietness of the ride was an added bonus.