Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

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Vehicle: 2008 BMW 335xi Coupe Sport Package
Miles Driven on Tires: 20
Location: ARDSLEY, NY
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Spirited
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Follow-Up Review: 1,000 miles on tires
July 07, 2014
After a month of driving, this tire has surprised me with a few quirks. Overall I'm satisfied, although without discounts I'm not sure that I'd buy this again over a General GMAX or Continental DWS.<br><br>1) Dry traction is somewhat disappointing. It's fairly easy to squeal the tires under long braking on off-ramps or on long sweepers. The grip is there but the noise is unnerving, like the tire is about to give up. I don't think these would be good for novice track days.<br><br>2) However, wet traction is EXCELLENT and to me, changes this tire from a disappointment to a worthwhile trade-off. The steering does feel a little more numb, as if the tires lost 1-2psi. But in torrential downpours and 3-inch standing water, the tires were confidence inspiring, whether at 30mph or 80mph, even under hard braking and steering.<br><br>3) This tire is very sensitive to pressures. 36psi makes the ride brittle, allows lots of vibration into the cabin, and returns 24mpg. However, 34psi turns the ride into a pillow but sacrifices responsiveness and returns 19mpg. I've kept it at 34psi for my pothole-ridden daily driving. I imagine it'd be a nightmare managing pressures during a track day.<br><br>4) This tire is still very noisy under even modest impacts. Even half-inch bumps sound like booms.
Initial Review: 20 miles on tires
June 14, 2014

Initial impressions:

1) Tirerack's review wasn't kidding that this tire produces booming sounds when hitting bumps, which gives the impression of a much more severe bump than it really is

2) Ride is good, but multiple bumps in succession produces jiggling motions (wasn't the case with the prior tires)

3) Steering sensitivity is smooth and direct. Initial resistance is light off of center, and then builds as more input is dialed in

4) I'm getting vibrations in the steering that I didn't have before, might have to get rebalanced

At this point, I'm somewhat disappointed in this tire. I will update once I get more miles.

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