I bought a set of Hankook Ventus Evo 12 to replace my worn out Conti Sport Contact 2 (5% thread left, practically bald).
I figure it is so cheap $880 and has great review by Car & Driver so it is an excellent deal.
I also bought a set of used M6 wheels with Conti Sport Contact 2 (90% thread left according to the seller) from ebay.
Just want to share my observation after 2 weeks of driving.
In comparison to worn-out Conti, the Hankook was a great improvement.
Less road noise, noticeably more grip around my favourite test corners, break away gradually, so all good.
Then, I swap the set with M6 wheels/Conti Tires.
Well, the Conti is just as good. Comparable grip around my test corners, same road noise level, slightly more predictable.
I could not tell the difference other than the squeal sound at the limit.
The Conti squeal is higher frequency and the Hankook squeal is lower frequency so less noticeable.
I have tried different tires including R-compound on my other cars so I think I can tell if there is a big difference between these twos.
I also know that certain tires perform well when they are new but degrade quickly after 1 year of hot/cold cycles.
So, new vs. new, they are about the same.
I think it is a good buy.
Will it perform the same after 1 year? Time will tell and I will try to report back.