Writing about the Hankook Ventus V12 evo2
Driving on mostly country roads
for 8000 spirited
For my daily driver, I have always been an Goodyear Eagle F1 fan. They provide a good balance between price, wear, performance in all conditions.
When I went to replace them last time, not only did they only have 2 in stock but they had a deal on the Hankook Ventus V12's which I knew were beginning to get a bit of a following as a decent semi performance tyre that were being fitted as standard equipment to some half decent new cars.
So re-booted the whole car with them and drove away. It is hard to be negative about their actual peformance in terms of grip, roadnoise and ability to handle my fairly aggressive driving style. They have been on a FWD Diesel car which is light and nimble and thrown around a little. In the dry, they really are very very good, better than the Eagle F1's easily I would say. Wet grip is so so. By no means terrible but hardly confidence inspiring but then if you are driving to conditions, they are not dangerous. I don't feel they part standing water as effectively as other tyres in the price bracket. However, in the dry, they stick like s*** to a babies nappy and it is very difficult to get them to part company with the road surface. If you really push, obviously you can do it but when you do, it is always consistent. You know where the limit will be. Always a good point in my book if you like to push it.
Where these tyres fall down and fall down badly is wear rate. I normally get 20k miles from the fronts on this car and these tyres were dust in less than half that time and being honest, I should have replaced them sooner than I did, as performance really dropped off about 2kmiles before I replace despite there just being legal tread left. I reckon they gave me about 6.5k decent use.
With that in mind, I could not recommend these for a standard daily driver. If you are looking for well priced performance tyre for a weekend play thing whilst not wanting the degradation of some aggressive Yokies or the sort, then these could be up your street but I would still probably opt for some Toyo's personally.
Just replaced them all and gone straight back to Eagle F1. Instantly you can feel a bit less grip and slightly more twitchy where the Hankooks would give more confidence but it will nearly 2yrs before I shell out Â£500 rather than a handful of months. The Eagle F1's perform better in the wet and whilst not as grippy in the dry, have the same level of progressive performance before letting go.
Hankook Vetus V12. Really good tyre but ultimately disappointing for my own personal use.