Hankook Ventus V12 Evo Defeated by Sumitomo HTR Z III

Friday, July 29, 2011 by Gary Stanley
Sumitomo HTR Z lllMany on the BMW forums have gravitated towards the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 as a great value in the Max Performance Summer category. For more information on the this tire, read my previous post titled, "Want a great value tire? Try Hankook Ventus V12 tires!" 

However, in the process of moving towards this relatively new tire, many have stopped considering the similarly priced Sumitomo HTR Z lll. The HTR Z lll has proven itself to be a smoother and quieter riding tire, along with higher levels of cornering grip on our autocross course in both wet and dry conditions.  

See "Testing Value-Priced Max Performance Summer Tires" for details and results. Listed below is a portion of our Tire Test Results comparing the these two Max Performance Summer tires:

Combined Road and Track Ratings:
(Higher number is better)

Hankook Ventus V12 Evo  6.83
Sumitomo HTR Z III            7.16 

Overall Road Rating:

Hankook Ventus V12 Evo  6.54
Sumitomo HTR Z III            6.78 

Dry Track Test Overall Rating:


Hankook Ventus V12 Evo  7.40
Sumitomo HTR Z III            8.03

Wet Track Test Overall Rating:

Hankook Ventus V12 Evo  6.83
Sumitomo HTR Z III            7.05

While the Hankook Ventus V12 Evo is a good choice for your sports car, sporty coupe or high performance sedan, taking a serious look at the Sumitomo HTR Z III before your purchase would be a great decision.

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