Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

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Vehicle: 1999 BMW 323is
Miles Driven on Tires: 6,000
Location: Omaha, NE
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110
Follow-Up Review: 25,000 miles on tires
October 02, 2012
Driven on these tires for about 25,000 miles and these are the worst performance tires I've had yet. Wear is decent on this tire. I have a couple mm to the wear indicator on all 4. <br><br>On the other hand, performance all around is terrible. My ABS locks up on just medium-hard stops, I lose traction constantly when starting from a stop and accelerating out of turns. The lack of grip is like nothing I've experienced before. This is on dry roads. Prior to these tires, I had Continental Contisport Contacts that were worn to the wear indicators, and traction, comfort, steering response were all a million times better.<br><br>I don't get the decent reviews for this tire. It's a terrible tire. Do yourself a favor and pay more for something good.
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.

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