Nankang XR611

The Nankang XR611 is a Touring Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Tyre Reviews

Dry Grip 64%
Wet Grip 41%
Road Feedback 55%
Handling 54%
Wear 69%
Comfort 59%
Buy again 52%

Tyre review data from 21 tyre reviews averaging 56% over 434,620 miles driven.

The XR611 is ranked 148th of 202 Summer Touring tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2015 Market Overview - Braking Test - 23rd of 52 tyres

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2013 ACE Summer Touring Tyre Test - 16th of 16 tyres

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Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
155/70 R12 73T   C F 70  
165/55 R13 70H   F C 71  
175/60 R13 77H   F C 71  
185/60 R13 80H   E C 71  
205/60 R13 86H   E C 71 7.00kgs
165/65 R13 77H   F C 71  
185/55 R14 80H   E C 71  
175/60 R14 79H   F C 71 6.50kgs
185/60 R14 82H   E C 71  
195/60 R14 86H   E C 71  
165/65 R14 79H   F C 71  
175/65 R14 82H   E C 71  
185/65 R14 86H   E C 71  
195/65 R14 89H   E C 71 7.50kgs
225/50 R15 91V   C E 71  
185/60 R15 88H XL   E C 71  
195/60 R15 88H   E C 71  
195/60 R15 88V   E C 71  
205/60 R15 91V   E C 71  
205/60 R15 91H   E C 71  
215/60 R15 94H   E C 71  
225/60 R15 96V   E C 71 10.00kgs
235/60 R15 98S   E C 71  
175/65 R15 88H XL   E C 71  
185/65 R15 92H XL   E C 71  
195/65 R15 91H   E C 71  
195/65 R15 95H XL   E C 71  
195/65 R15 91V   E C 71  
205/65 R15 95H   E C 71  
205/65 R15 95V   E C 71  
215/65 R15 96H   E C 71  
175/80 R15 90S   C E 71  
195/55 R16 87V   E C 71  
175/60 R16 82H   C E 71  
205/60 R16 96V XL   E C 71  
205/60 R16 96H XL   E C 71  
215/60 R16 99H XL   E C 71  
225/60 R16 98V   E C 71  
235/60 R16 100V   E C 71  
215/50 R17 91V   E C 71  
215/55 R17 94V   E C 71  
215/45 R18 93V XL   C E 71  
215/50 R18 92V   E C 71  

Questions and Answers for the Nankang XR611

2017-10-24 - What is the difference between the Nankang TS611 and XR611 tyres.

As far as I'm aware there isn't officially as TS611 pattern in Europe, only XR611.

2019-02-19 - What is the difference between Nankang XR611 and Nankang Toursport 611, because tyre tread looks exactly the same. XR611 is just next generation of Toursport 611?

I had to ask Nankang, this is the answer:

They are the same tyre, the tyre is called Toursport XR-611 however is Europe they have been known to call it the TS-611

It’s a dated tyre now, I class it more of a retro style tyre as it is more suited to older vehicles than new. I can only see 6 sizes listed in stock in the UK now, it has been replaced by the NA-1 / ECO-2+ in the majority of sizes, only some odd / niche sizes remain in XR-611

2021-01-25 - Hello from Greece. I am interested to fit Nankang xr611 to my car, (225 50 r15). Surfing through your, very interesting site for reviews, I saw the braking test, of the year 2015, with your comments. The wet braking for the Pirelli is 47.5m and for the Nankang 60.3m, according to the test. So the difference is 12.8m and not 26.6m, as it is written. The xr611 is a m+s tire, and as such, beats the summer tires to the dry braking and it is on par to the all weather tires to the wet braking. For an unknown, to me, reason, some times the label of the xr611 has the indication "m+s" and some other not. Here is my deeper analysis: Thank you for your time. The Syncro Heresy

Interesting analysis, thanks for sharing. It's worth noting that you can't compare results between tests, as water depth and surface grip can play a huge part in distances. Also, 12.8 meters is still a large gap, and the XR611 would certainly get out performed in the wet by a summer tyre and hugely out performed in the snow by a premium all season tyre. It might be M+S rated, but it is not 3 peak mountain snowflake symbol. The M+S marking is only there if the tyre meets a certain "Land / Sea" ratio on the tread pattern which would explain why it's only on certain sizes.

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Top 3 Nankang XR611 Reviews

Given 47% while driving a Peugeot 307 (195/65 R15 V) on a combination of roads for 14,000 average miles
bought 4x for 140 last summer. I really disappointed by the performance they deliver. Really dangerous when going around any roudabout. The rubber was tough hence the rolling noise was more than average. In heavy rain they lost grip and after a shocking skidding experience I put Bridgestone All Weather(220 for four tyres) and they are supplended. I've learnt my lesson and now advising every sensible person who is going to buy these s**tkong tyres.
Don't put yourself on risk just for the sake of some extra money.
17 - tyre reviewed on June 24, 2011   
Given 84% while driving a (205/60 R13 H) on a combination of roads for 4,000 miles
I have these tyres fitted to my kit car weighing 650 kgs and I find they give excellent grip in the dry and a little less in the wet and I don't find them noisy and would recommend them
10 - tyre reviewed on August 8, 2017   
Given 87% while driving a Skoda Felicia (185/60 R13) on a combination of roads for 15,000 spirited miles
Have these on a Skoda Felicia 1.3 MPI. Fantastic tyre running at 30 psi. Vehicle used as a car I have no complaints. Bought from Bathwick Tyers Trowbridge Wiltshire. Cheap tyer but a premium service from the supplier and the Tyers. Will use these tyres again without a doubt...
5 - tyre reviewed on February 13, 2016   
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Given 53% while driving a Peugeot 406 coupe (205/60 R15 V) on a combination of roads for 20 average miles
I have mostly used Continental tyres in the past however, being a little financially challenged in recent years and after some research on this site I decided to take the plunge and try some Budget brand tyres. First & foremost "You get what you pay for and most of the Tyres the general public buy are summer Tyres".
I purchased 4 Nankang Tyres online and had them fitted locally ((Total cost March 2011 £210 for all 4) absolute bargain compared to the prices I was used to paying. The first thing you notice with these Tyres is the increase in road noise compared to previous tyres but you soon get used to this then the handling which, I had braced myself for knowing they were going to be poor compared to Conti's again you get used to how far you can push the car in dry and wet conditions and, in my opinion they are not the best Tyre in the world but if you keep this in mind and adjust your driving accordingly they are fine, it made me a safer / slower driver. Traction / grip in dry is acceptable, in the wet they are a little deficient (watch it on roundabouts, the word Drift comes to mind). These Tyres saw me through two and half years as I have just had the fronts replaced after 20600 miles with Avon ZV5, two Winters and in the snow they are also deficient (remember they are Summer Tyres), the Rears still have quite a bit of life in them. Went out after new Avons fitted to the Front and it's at this point I realised just how poor the old tyres were but, in all fairness the old Nankangs were worn out. Summary:- Nankang tyres represent excellent value for money and mileage and, you must keep in mind they are a Budget brand Summer Tyre so they are not going to perform like one of the leading brands, would I recommend or buy again? Yes if price is the main factor.
2 - tyre reviewed on November 13, 2014   
Given 46% while driving a Volkswagen Polo 6N (185/55 R14 H) on mostly town for 2,000 easy going miles
Not a bad grip at all (in DRY!!!!).

In wet these were the WORSE tyres i have ever seen!!
Really really DANGEROUS!!
I honestly believe they should be FORBIDDEN to be sold for road safety reasons.

Examples in wet:
-Aquaplanning - a bit of water in the road and you cant be carefull enough, sometimes it looked like the slower you go, the more times it happened (i got quite a few scary episodes)
-Going on normal road in a curve, if you touch the throttle (as to mantain a constant low speed), the tyres will lose grip completely and the car will continue going straight ahead, it would just go off the ground.
-Going up hills it was very usual for the front wheels to keep on spining for a long time before the car started to move (and we are talking about a 999cc. w/50bhp..surely wasnt for the incredible amount of torque)

I cannot talk about the wear of the tyres because they were so dangerous in wet i got rid of them in less than 1,500km (in my opinion, a new set of good tyres was a better deal than a new front end of the car!).
I believe it would be good because the compound was really hard.
2 - tyre reviewed on July 19, 2014   
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Given 27% while driving a Volvo 240 estate (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 5,000 spirited miles
I reckon they're pretty terrible tyres.

I've got a Pirelli P6 on one side, and one of these Nankangs on the other, I bought the car like this. The tyre had 50% tread and is a 2010 make.

Hard braking, the Nangkang will lock up, creating an oversteer situation.
It is worse than the other 3 tyres on the car by a significant amount.

Wet grip is non existent, always spins.

It's a volvo 240 with 100HP but has no worries hitting 160 on the speedo with this nasty tyre.

Good for burnouts.

I know this "review" is dumb because I have mixed tyres but it really is the worst of the bunch.

Cars have a brake proportioning valve so that the rear wheels cannot lock under braking, there is a heavy bias towards the front, around 75 front, 25% rear.

This thing locks up in the dry before the fronts are even close. dodgy dodgy tyre.
1 - tyre reviewed on January 30, 2014   
Given 46% while driving a Renault R21 TXE (185/65 R14 H) on mostly country roads for 20,000 average miles
Acceptable in the dry for easy driving
Very dangerous in the wet. On wet roads, I was unable to follow the average granny.
This tyre should not be authorized, very dangerous. The worst I ever had...
2 - tyre reviewed on August 5, 2013   
Given 61% while driving a Nissan Micra (165/55 R13) on a combination of roads for 5,000 spirited miles
I had these tyres fitted to 13x7 Starmags on my Micra which is fitted with lower suspension. Day to day driving these tyres are awesome. You really cannot go wrong with them - they wear very well due to the hard compound. If you're a sober driver I'd definitely recommend these. Grip levels are low, but when you're driving in a relaxed fashion and not going too crazy they're amazing.

I enjoy going to track days in my daily driven giggle of a Nissan Micra, and this is where they begin to fall down. Spirited driving on roads is hampered by this tyre. Grip levels in the dry are pretty bad and will restrict your cars performance massively in the corners. In the wet, don't even attempt to drive fast as they're genuinely scary. The hard compound wears extremely well but also has very little grip. Fast take offs from standing usually result in wheel spins.

Great tyre for Joe Bloggs in his Ford Mondeo going to work and back. Terrible tyre for enthusiasts!

I've since ditched them and the 13s in favour of 15" Team Dynamics with Toyo T1Rs. Infinitely better, kids!
0 - tyre reviewed on April 26, 2013   
Given 77% while driving a Fiat Sedici 16v 4x4 (205/60 R16 H) on mostly country roads for 11,000 spirited miles
My car is a Fiat Sedici 1.9JTD, basically a Suzuki Sx4 masquerading as a Fiat but with electronic 4 Wheel drive. It is a sort or crossover car. I have had it since new and it chews tyres on the front badly. The Yokohama's it came with lasted 4000 miles, next were Michelins at just 3000 miles. Then I went Falken 952 and got a staggering 7000 miles. Got ripped off on a cold dark night with a puncture and had Kumurans fitted and these were lethal. I got them taken off after 600 miles or I am sure me or the wife would have died (these are supplied by Michelin). Tyre shopper recommended Nankang which were the same tread pattern as the Yokohama's it had originally on the front and it still has on the back. These were the XL version and what a difference. The car is back to how I got it when delivered. I am not sure if it is the XL doing it but I have covered 11,000 miles and they still look like they can do another 11k before replacement. Tough, wear well and no grip or lack of braking performance. Found this site as I am ordering another two for the rear now. Work well on crossovers I guess.
0 - tyre reviewed on December 20, 2012   
Given 60% while driving a Fiat Seicento 1.1 MPI FIRE (sporting) (165/55 R13 H) on mostly country roads for 30,000 average miles
Good tyre for the price. At this size it was only this or the Pirelli P 700z. The Pirelli is a 1995 design so i chose the Nankang. Got theme after some 175/50/13 Yokohama A539. I believe the lack of grip in the wet is due to wear as i dont remember i had any wet grip problems when the tyres were new.
1 - tyre reviewed on November 11, 2012   
Given 81% while driving a Mazda Bongo Friendee (215/65 R15) on mostly country roads for 0 spirited miles
On my third set of these now, as I found them to be spot on. They are fitted to a Mazda Bongo 4wd, which use to chew through van tyres (due to load rating needed) every 10000 miles. These XR611's have been great. I am getting 30k miles from a set,(done around 120k miles in 6 years of ownership) and have never had any problems in the wet. I've had no problems with them off road or on snow either.....although I have Nankang snow tyres for winter use now...I hope to get a chance to use them this year!
1 - tyre reviewed on November 2, 2012   
Given 33% while driving a Ford (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 8,000 average miles
So so noisy. Thought it originally was the diff bearings or the ale bearings. Noise was more. Prominant when cold. Sounded like four wheel drive tires. Terrible in the wet. No grip. Removed off car after 15,000km. Ford fairmont el station wagon. Wear was good as rubber was so hard.
1 - tyre reviewed on October 4, 2012   
Given 27% while driving a Ford Fairmont ghia (205/65 R15) on mostly town for 0 average miles
I bought a ford fairmont with these on it. They were near new. I got the car steering aligned and wheels balanced. It rained during the wheel service. I drove out into the rain and on the first roundabout the car slid out at the front and then the back came out and the car did a 280 spin. This was at about 25 kmph. Thinking it may be oil or grease on the three I then gingerly drove the car until I could scrub them up on some gravel. After some testing and checking, these tyres are really dangerous, ESP in the wet and unsafe at even low speeds on corners. The fairmont is a large heavy rear wheel drive sedan, and these tyres are particulary unsuited, they break and slip with no warning in the wet,(front and back) including a four wheel slide at about 40k on a sloping corner. I intend to replace them and slash the Nanking tyres and throw them away, they are really shocking tyres in the wet and should not even be sold. There are many other reviews as to how unsafe these tyres are in the wet and how they fail at cornering, they should be recalled as a road safety issue.
1 - tyre reviewed on August 10, 2012   
Given 74% while driving a Fiat Punto 1.2 8v (185/60 R14 H) on mostly town for 5,000 average miles
These came with a set of used alloys, and I was prepared to be terrified. However, they are really not that bad. I have a pair on the front of the Punto, so they don't have to put very much power down! They are acceptably quiet and comfortable on terrible roads, they have acceptable levels of grip in the dry and in the wet weather we are having even on roundabouts. I have proxes cf1 on the back as it is a very light car and it needs grip. Overall, I am pleasantly surprised by the Nankangs, but probably not good for a car with a lot of power.
0 - tyre reviewed on June 26, 2012   
Given 29% while driving a Alfa Romeo 156 1.6 TS (185/65 R15 H) on a combination of roads for 3,000 average miles
Absolutely the worst tyres I've ever had. Even in the dry they squeal like a banshee at the slightest provocation. In the wet they wheelspin at t-junctions (normal acceleration, not pushing it) and are extremely dangerous when cornering (understeer) unless you crawl around at 20 miles per hour. I would never recommend these tyres to anyone else.
1 - tyre reviewed on June 19, 2012