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Hankook V12 review after 2,000 miles

jeremicium2010-08-18 11:50:56 +0000 #1
I got the hankooks when I was just under 15k miles. My OEM potenzas were wearing pretty bad on the inside rear. For $850 for 265/30 19 rear and 235/35 19 front versus the $1500 for Potenza RFTs I felt like I was getting a good deal. The Hankooks continue to be quieter and provide a smoother ride than the Potenzas. That is about all I like better about the Hankooks. It's not that they are bad tires. They perform fine but the Potenzas just performed better. Potenzas had much better traction and felt much better as far as turn in. I run with DTC on most of the time now because in normal mode traction control just kicks in too soon with the Hankooks. I intend to bring them to the track in September so I will report how they perform on the track next month.

Just something to consider for those thinking about switching from the OEM RTFs. So many people on here HATE RFTs, Hanooks have received fantastic reviews, but they do not perform as well as the Potenza RFTs. Is it worth spending an extra $800/year for better tires? If you have the money to spare I say yes.


ABSAUTOBODY2010-08-18 12:05:49 +0000 #2
i do notice that potenza rfts are pretty noisy but i wouldnt go for hanooks i woulda went for michellins
John 0702010-08-18 12:03:17 +0000 #3
When BMW had the ultimate driving experience where they supplied E90 330's and their pro drivers, tires got replaced every 50 miles. The tires were the RE050A's, sure, because Bridgestone was a sponsor (they gave out free hats, so many nobody even wanted any more), but in this scenario they are showing off the handling abilities of the E90's ZSP. They wouldn't have put lousy tires on them and replaced them with such.

Good info provided by the OP, because we're always looking to get something for nothing, and I don't think the Ventus can do that. But they do have a good price, I priced out rims/V12's without shipping and they came in just under $1000.
Firefly62010-08-18 12:44:51 +0000 #4
The Bridgestone RFTs have a very crisp turn-in. Anyone who switches to a different tire will feel that loss to some degree. I switched to a Conti RFT for an improved ride/noise and while I prefer a better ride I miss that razor sharp steering response.

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