Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LE Sport

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Kumho Ecsta LE SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.67

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle


Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Cupertino, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 04, 2013

Took it out on a track day on Laguna Seca over the weekend. Steering response is fairly good. Adequate grip level for my stock speed3 on track. Fairly predictable towards the limit of adhesion, but the tires dont really squeal that much in terms of giving you warning. Ride quality is good, not as harsh as the OEM Dunlop SP2020, but not as soft as the Hankook Evo V12. Noise level is good as a Max summer performance category.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Monday, January 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25

2008 BMW 550i Sedan
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle


Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 16,000
Location: Arlington, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 16,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2013

Just had service done to my car and was told that the inside of my current Hankook Ventus rear tires are worn to the belts after 16K miles. Absolutely not surprised considering the low tread rating and the excessive camber of the BMW's sport suspension setup. Front tires still have enough life left to probably last as long as the 2 new rears. Performance-wise, these tires are outstanding. Very quiet ride and they provide very good feedback. The soft compound really does strike a good balance between a compliant ride with a low profile, quite operation, and fantastic grip, unfortunately at the expense of tire wear. I plan on adjusting out some of the camber to as neutral as possible but still within spec for my replacement tires and I should see an improvement in tire life. Otherwise, you can't beat this tire for the price. I may try something different next time (Continental or Michelin, both with better treadwear ratings and equal performance, but more $$), but I'll always keep these as an option.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75
 
 

2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 13,000
Location: Puyallup, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 13,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2013

This tire is very good except for two (2) shortcomings. I am comparing these Hankook tires to the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires that I previously had on this Porsche. First, the sidewalls are not near as rigid as the Michelins; they have a wallowing feel under hard cornering. Second, the tread life is not very good; I only got 13,000 miles out of them. I am replacing them with Michelin PS2's. On the positive side, the Hankooks are half the price of the Michelins.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Monday, January 14, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5

2002 BMW 330Ci Coupe Sprt Pkg
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle


Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Beaverton, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2013

Great tire! These tires were new on my wifes 330ci new when we bought the car about 15k ago ago and have really changed my thoughts on Hankook tires. Very even tread wear, awesome traction through corners, and on a recent highway road trip to Idaho they were very quiet ( Do not know why anyone would say these have noise). Although there are a "summer tire" when driven in the Oregon rain at highway speeds they seem to cut through the water without any issues. Strongly recommend these to anyone on debating on picking them up!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

Monday, January 14, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Hankook Ventus R-S3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

1987 BMW M3
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Napa, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2013

Ive used these tires on my M3 for the past year. Lots of spirited driving, 2 autocross schools, one where it was dual driven (about 100 runs just that day.) 6 autoX events where I won class 3 times.
I did have one event that was very odd. Everyone running these tires that day (about 6 of us) all had the same issue with no grip what so ever. It was sunny and about 70 degrees yet it was like driving on ice. Myself, both drivers in a 240Z, a couple people in EVOs and I think someone in an STi all had the same issue that day finishing well down in our respective classes.

In the rain when the tires were new I couldn't break the back end of the car loose no matter what I did. It wasn't till I was autocrossing in the rain after the tires had 14K miles on them that I managed to spin the car for the first time.

Overall I'm very impressed by these tires and will buy another set.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Monday, January 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


General G-MAX AS-03Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle


Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 8,500
Location: Albany, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,500 Miles on Tires
December 29, 2012

I waited to do a review until I tried them in snow. I have a very capable awd car, but the ability to stop is regardless of the drive-train. These tires are fantastic and perform excellent in rain and light snow. The traction dry is also very very good. I replaced the OEM tires on my EVO immediately after buying the car because they have a very low tread-wear rating and I would simply burn them up driving to work. The GMAX-AS-03 tires have a high treadwear rating yet perform very well. I noticed immediately when I installed them that they were MORE QUIET than the factory OEM tires on my EVO. I would not take them to a track, but literally any other level of driving these tires are superb. I plan to buy another set of 4 for my wife's SUV. It is hard to believe that one set of tires can perform so well under so many conditions, but that has been my experience with these tires exactly! Will buy them again for sure.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Monday, January 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2007 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle


Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Westbrookville, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2012

I just put these Hankook tires on my car to replace the original Goodyear run flats that it came with from factory, after only 19,000 miles. As soon as I drove away from installation facility I could feel the advantage of these Hankooks. Quieter,smoother ride, traction are just some of the most notable assets. I took the car on a 350 mile trip the day after and am extremely pleased with the performance of these tires at half the price of Goodyears.I understand that these are non run-flats and having AAA will be a wise idea.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Monday, December 17, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.83

2010 Dodge Challenger
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle


Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Buffalo, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 12, 2012

Soo much better than the factory Goodyear eagles supplied with the car

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

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

2009 Jaguar XF
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
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

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

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

2009 Audi A6 3.0T Sedan Quattro
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
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

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

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

2006 Mini Cooper S Convertible
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
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

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88

2006 Mazda MazdaSpeed6
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle


Buy/More Info
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

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57
 
 

2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
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

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.67

2002 Toyota Celica GTS
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle


Buy/More Info
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

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.88

2005 Pontiac GTO
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle


Buy/More Info
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

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


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

2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle


Buy/More Info
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

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

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

2006 Lexus IS250
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
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

Friday, October 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57

2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK32
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle


Buy/More Info
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

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38

2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle


Buy/More Info
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

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.71

1999 BMW 323is
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle


Buy/More Info
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.