Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

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Vehicle: 2012 Infiniti G37 Sedan Journey Sport Package
Miles Driven on Tires: 500
Location: null, null
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Follow-Up Review: 1,700 miles on tires
October 29, 2013
I really wanted to like these tires, but they are not comparable with my vehicle. I had them balanced four times; road force was one of them and my car would still vibrate. The tires did break in after 500 miles, they became more soft. The side wall on these do not help with breaking or cornering, nose dive when hard breaking is much more pronounced. Straight line traction is good but performance handling can be scary at best. These tires made my car bounce on small bumps, like it had worn shocks bounce. There is pronounced understeer and rear end shifting when hard cornering. I returned them and exchanged for Bridgestone 970AS. Much better performance based tire for an all season. These may be the tire for you if you drive a Buick; soft and floaty.
Initial Review: 500 miles on tires
October 02, 2013

I just purchased these tire to replace the OEM Bridgestone RE050 summer performance. I have never purchased Hankook before. The OEM tires were in a different category so I know I can not compare them as it's more apples to oranges. My goal was to achieve all season drivability with minimal loss in performance. The Hankook did not have any reviews when I purchased so I took a chance. I only have 500 miles on the tires but here is what I can tell you. First, the tires are kind of ugly in my opinion, the sidewall is very busy with large lettering, a little NASCAR to me. Tire noise is low, and the tires are light, six pounds lighter than the OEM. The side walls are very soft, almost feel like neoprene, very odd. Tramlining from the OEM tires are gone, they track very straight. The tires do not react very quickly to steering inputs. The turn-in is liner. If you are taking a long turn under acceleration, you can feel the rear end squat and shift reducing driver confidence. I have noticed a significant increase in MPGs in both city and highway driving. Straight line performance is decent, grip fairly well. Decent tire if you are not performance driving, but slightly better than just all season, but not UHP A/S. I will update as the tires break in and/or break down.

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