Best Tires for Roadrace and Autocross Events

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Colin .

With spring here, many drivers are getting ready to purchase tires for roadrace or autocross use.  

For those who want tires they'll use mostly on the street, but want to do some racing, the Extreme Performance Summer category offers some good options. Tires in this performance category won't give you the fastest lap times compared to competition tires, however they are a good choice for the less serious racer. If this sounds like what you're looking for, consider the following options:

For the more serious race enthusiast, take a look at our selection of Track & Competition DOT tires. These are options that shouldn't be driven on the street and are for the track only. If you are looking for a tire for your roadrace event, consider the Hoosier R6. If autocross is your event, take a look at the A6 from Hoosier.


BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Hoosier R6

Hankook Ventus Z214


Hoosier's set-up process to maximize treadwear and handling is more involved than other tires, however their tires are hard to beat! For those that want a good competition tire at a lower price point, the Hankook Ventus Z214 is available in both a roadrace and autocross compound. 

Will your new set of tires need to be saved? If so, how far should they be shaved? Read "Shaving Tires for Autocross / Track Use / Competition" to see how this service can help you maximize your tire's performance capabilities early in their life.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45

2011 Hyundai Sonata
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Winder, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2013

After putting 51,000 miles on my OEM tires (Hankook Optimo H431), it was time to replace them. I must say that I was very pleased with the Hankook tires and had always thought I would go back with them. But when the time came, I took a look at every option that was available. What really sold me on the Continental PureContact tire was the warranty, UTQG, and price. All three points were much better then the OEM Hankook tires. Also, I opted to size up from P225 to P235 which gives me alittle taller and wider tire with abit more sidewall for ride comfort. While I might have lost alittle dry cornering from the OEM tires, I have gained in ride comfort, less road noise, better traction in rain or snow, and I believe alonger lasting tire. I am a VERY spirited driver, and I must say that these tires give me confidence in all weather conditions. I'm already saying that when it comes time to replace these tires that I'll buy them again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H426

Thursday, April 4, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H426 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.75
 
 

2011 Hyundai Elantra
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Miles driven on tires: 41,000
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 41,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2013

These were the factory tires on my wife's 2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS. Overall, not a bad tire. I was very surprised to get 40k miles, although they really could have been replaced 5,000 miles ago, but the weather has been very dry so we've put it off a bit longer. I would call this an average tires. Its got some good things and bad things about it. The worst thing I would say is the road noise as they wear down. Although they were never quiet, they were not an issue the first 20,000 miles or so. After that, they have gotten noticeably louder. If you have more of an economy car like the Elantra that doesn't have good sound deadening for the interior, these tires will get pretty noisy about half way into the tread life.
As far as how they drive, I would say they are great on dry roads, average on wet roads. We've only driven with ice or snow a couple of times since we are in Fort Worth, so we don't have enough feedback to give an honest opinion on ice and snow.
As far as value, I think there are a lot better options available at this price or spend a few bucks more per tire and get something great. We are ready to replace and are going to choose between Pirelli or Yokohama.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 56,000
Location: Vacaville, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 56,000 Miles on Tires
March 16, 2013

I have Optimo H727 on both my PT Cruiser and Explorer. I have 56,000 miles on the PT Cruiser Optimo tires and expect to get at least another 10,000 so I plan to get close to 70,000 on the tires. They are listed at 100,000 but I will not get there with these tires. They are great all season tires for the price. I had Michelin on my Explorer before but they were over $300 more than the Hankook Optimo tires. I am please with the tires and recommend them. Consumer Reports has the Optimo H727 rated as a "Best Buy".

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

Monday, March 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus R-S3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2003 Dodge Neon SRT4
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Miles driven on tires: 7,063
Location: Round Rock, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,063 Miles on Tires
March 10, 2013

I love these R-S3's. I used Falken Azenis RT-215,s and Falken Azenis RT-615 in the past. My car is used a lot on the track. I am an Instructor at the Driveway Austin Track in Austin.

The compound appears to be of an R type as shown by the graining of the tire and lack of tire noise. The grip in dry weather is very good. The Falken 215's were good for the first 3 laps then they would degrade in grip. I found the Falken 615's to be even worse than the 215's. These Ventus R-S3's are far better than the 2 Falkens. The grip is there for much longer the the Falkens.

Even on the limestone laced asphalt in the Austin area they have good grip. There is a section of road that is very slippery even on a hot dry day that cars routinely spin out on. These tires grip well even on this slick section of asphalt.

On the track they work great they make my feel car as though I put $2000 dollars into it. My car is front wheel drive so it really over works the front tires but the R-S3's very well through my 5 to 15 minute stints. With these tires it is a lot easier to go fast and the under steer is reduced as well as oversteer. I am able to apply power when exiting the corners than before. Turn in is also much better.

I have not noticed any problems in the rain. As for noise they generate a little from the tread pattern. The Falken 215 was the quietest tire I ever had.

The R-S3's come with a lot of rubber on them 11/32nd which is just fine for because I also drive my car to the track 6 days a week 48 miles round trip and after 7063 miles.

I try to stay away from directional tires to avoid getting saw tooth due to rolling in the same direction it's whole life. The tread blocks get stair step and the tire can become loud like an off road truck tire but these have not done this! I rotate just front to back and they are still quiet just a hint of tread block noise.

The price is great and I am happy with the wear. I will be buying these R-S3's again and again.

Joe Williams

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle RS-A2

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle RS-A2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2007 Dodge Charger Daytona RT
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2013

I bought my car with some Hankooks on it, they were very nice. But these RS-A 2's are much better. I love taking tight on-ramps at "spirited" speeds, and these tires grip for days. And what a low price for ZR20's! I feel like I can get another 12-20,000 exciting, comfortable miles out of these.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86

1986 Toyota MR2
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Burlington, KY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
March 25, 2011

I purchased this tire to replace a pair of worn Blizzaks on my daily driven MR2. The tires were mounted on the stock rims on a car with a refreshed and slightly upgraded suspension setup (stock height), all parts replaced and aligned. Even though the stock tire size is 185/60/14, I went to the 195/60 in hopes of getting a bit more comfort, but still great traction, with this car that I DD (highway) and still hit up the backroads with on the weekends.

Based on reviews and ratings (price wasn't bad either), I opted for these Bridgestones. I haven't really done too much serious driving, but I can say that the tires are much quieter than the old Blizzaks and just as much so as the 215/45/16 Hankook RS2s (great tire, but not much creature comforts) I had last summer. Also, these Bridgestones are predictable and direct with inputs. On the highway they ride smooth, as a new tire should but, again, they are nice and quiet.

Just this evening, I took them down one of my favorite stretches of backroads, and for a tire so comfortable, they just blew me away! Very direct, predictable, and firm. I didn't feel any squirm or "mushiness" from the front to the back, even through some interesting set of turns. They catered amazingly to my mid-engined coupe's unique handling characteristics, and had me having to throttle down a bit because of how fast I was going with the car still feeling so secured to the road... Frankly I was shocked! I look forward to making these tires last, all while getting the best use out of them. I hope to report back in the future!



A note about a previous review; perspectively good tires don't make your car lose control, but a poor alignment might. Proper alignment is important when judging how well a tire performs. Side note, I was surprised at the number of Porsche owners who commented on how well these tires performed for them, certainly in the pursuit of comfort from day to day, and performance from weekend to weekend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2013

Hankook's Ventus V12 Evos are very good performance tires and for the price, they're excellent. I purchased a set for my awd Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 and drive them exuberantly on tarmac, gravel and snow (just not on actual ice) and they're such good tires, I'm buying another set. Yes, there are tires that will last longer, but they're not performance tires in this league. Yes, there are tires that are more track-focused but they probably wouldn't work as well on the mix of city, highway, rain, dirt roads and even snow that I enjoy so much. I even purchased a set for my fwd VW GTI and like them for that car too.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: N/A
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2013

I purchased these tires about 2 years ago with a tire and wheel package for my wrx. these tires are awesome!!!!! They handle perfectly when its dry outside(does take a little time to heat them up) whether its a straightline or the corners my wrx is built for. I track my wrx a few times a year and they hold up well for the price. I have rotated every 3000 miles and now at 30000 miles on them. i could probably squeeze another 3000-5000 miles out of them if i had to. i would definetly reccomend to someone else.

 

Hankook's Ventus R-S3 Brings Competition Tire Grip to the Street

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Hankook's Ventus R-S3 provides an affordable street tire that best mimics the grip of a racing slick intended for the track. The R-S3 entered a very competitive group of Extreme Performance Summer tires dominated by the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 and the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec, both of which are considered excellent dual purpose tires for performance street and occasional track / autocross use. We had the opportunity to compare the Hankook against both these tires, as well as the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 and Kumho Ecsta XS on our test track. Results were published in the August 2011 issue of Grassroots Motorsports Magazine. During this test, the R-S3 shaved nearly a full second off the Dunlop's lap time and came in quicker than the Bridgestone, too! Our tester remarked: "The tire inspires confidence from the first turn of the steering wheel, making it easy to attack the course's elements."

Our extensive Tire Survey Results put the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 just slightly ahead of the Hankook in cornering stability and hydroplaning resistance. With that said, customers really like this tire and have spoken with high praise for this Hankook and say they would buy this tire again!

"I love this tire. I bought it mostly for autocross use. However, I have driven quite a few highway miles now and have had no problems. I'd say this is one of the best performance tires you can buy, especially for the price. Needless to say, I'll be buying another set when the time comes." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2002 Honda S2000

"I purchased this tire for mainly track use and it did not disappoint. The traction was great when accelerating, cornering and braking. I have just purchased another set for my TT. Excellent value!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 BMW Z4 M Coupe

Do you want to see if the Hankook Ventus RS-3 is available for sports car, sports coupe or performance sedan? Then shop by vehicle!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Monday, January 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25

2008 BMW 550i Sedan
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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 Kumho Solus KH16

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Solus KH16 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2009 Pontiac G5 Coupe 16 Inch OE Wheel
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Levittown, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2012

Replaced the OEM Hankook 727A tires,which I got 43000 miles out of, with these Kumho KH16 tires.Tires handle well on dry and wet.Only used with a trace of snow on ground one time,but seemed to grip well.Overall seems comparable to my previous Hankook tire for considerably less price per tire.Also road noise minimal and fairly smooth ride.Would recommend this tire for the price and value that it provides!The car that I have is a sporty subcompact.At the present time I have put approximately 4000 miles on these tires.I will update in a few months.These seem great so far!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

1998 Chevrolet Lumina LS
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2013

I think these may be the best tire i have ever bought. The winter traction is byfar the best i have ever had and they are reasonably priced. I have 3,000 miles on this set and they look like new except for the little nobbies. I would recomend these to anyone that is looking for an all season tire that will surpass your expectations.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55

2007 Ford Five Hundred Limited AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Toms River, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
December 31, 2012

This is the fires set of hankooks Optimo H727I have purchased. I have put 35,000 on them with driving in the Northeast. They have seen all conditions of snow, rain and ice. Probably the best all season tire I have ever had and a great value at the price point.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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

2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe
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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 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2007 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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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 AS RH07

Monday, December 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus AS RH07Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.11

1999 Dodge Dakota 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 250
Location: Wichita Falls, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 250 Miles on Tires
December 19, 2012

I purchased these tires solely based on experience from the Tire Rack and their expert advice and experience and I must say I'm throughly impressed with Hankook and the Ventus AS my previous tires were Yokohama Geolanders and I was able to squeeze 65,000 miles from them... Hankook tracks straight and is a very quiet riding tire, I've experienced light snow and rain and they seem on par with the Yokohama's in that respect on downfall is these tires don't have the bite the Yokohama's did but as for Noise and Ride they are hands down a great tire for the money.. and price did help me a little bit in my decision. But overall a good tire for the coin... I'd recommend either of the two mentioned tires to anyone. I'll update as I get more adjusted to these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25

2007 Toyota Camry LE
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Boone, NC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2011

Bought these Hankooks after seeing the reviews. The high scores were right on. I've owned several cars and 8 types of tires in the 17 years I've lived here and these are by far the best. Michelin, Bridgestone, Yoko's...nothing compares. I live in the Blue Ridge mountains where there are no straight or level roads and after this winter I can tell you, I was amazed at the grip these tires gave me. If you ride on these, you won't need snow tires again. No apparent wear yet, quiet, smooth and handle well. I don't push this car hard, but these tires got up steep windy roads when my neighbor's $60,000 SUV failed. The only downside might be a loss of 1 mpg from the OEM Michelins. Seldom do you get such a quality product at such a great price.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P ZeroReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.43

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550
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Miles driven on tires: 13,000
Location: Dallas, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 13,000 Miles on Tires
November 30, 2012

I've had these tires on a previous car and would not, under any circumstance, recommend spending $1,500 on them. They're reasonably quiet, but so are a lot of other tires. Traction, both wet and dry, is terrible. After being disappointed with Pirelli tires on several cars (I've owned 29), I would never again put them on another. The Michelins are fantastic (but pricey), and Hankooks that replaced the Pirellis on another car I had were quieter, handled better, and rode better for half the price.

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!