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Old 9th October 2009, 00:09   #1
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Hankook Ventus Evo V12 vs. Conti Sport Contact 2

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.
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I did the same and don't regret it at all. Great tires and even after that one year still cheaper than the conti's, you could almost buy to sets of Ventus for the price of one conti. Great tires in my opinion.

Thanks for the reassurance!
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I have no IDEA how you like these tires. When I bought my car a few months ago, the dealer I purchased it from had installed the Hankook V12 tires on it, since the stock tires were worn after 30k miles. Anyways, the wet weather or even damp weather grip of these tires are horrendous. I spin going in a straight line with half throttle in P400 if it is even remotely damp. The dry weather performance is much better (naturally), but still no where near the PS2s that my cousin has on his M5. For the money, I guess they are worth it.
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I have no IDEA how you like these tires. When I bought my car a few months ago, the dealer I purchased it from had installed the Hankook V12 tires on it, since the stock tires were worn after 30k miles. Anyways, the wet weather or even damp weather grip of these tires are horrendous. I spin going in a straight line with half throttle in P400 if it is even remotely damp. The dry weather performance is much better (naturally), but still no where near the PS2s that my cousin has on his M5. For the money, I guess they are worth it.
30k?! Surely you jest?! Damn I can;t get more than 12k out of my PS2s on the rear! AND I don't use LC much or wheel spin a lot. I must say I;m not haooy with the life of the PS2s at all, but performance - no way would I ver go ever go back to a conti...
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This topic gets more and more interesting. I'm at 26K with my contis ( I bought the car 6 months back) and they look like originals. ANyways, I will have te replace sometime soon and have been looking at Hankook and Kumho's as well. Still haven't made up my mind whether to go with contis again or one of these two.
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@ t.cov: you are assuming the car had the original tires when you bought it. That is extremely unlikely give the mileage and conditions.
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HANKOOK QUESTION
After a particularly 'spirited' launch I just found that the radials are showing through and car sits until it gets new shoes...which will drive you nuts. PSA: A spirited DSC off/S6/P500S launch with severely-worn tires (trying to impress women of course) may squirrel you into the next lane and all the cars coming both ways will slow down to see what the he_ _ you're doing (and the women will be pi_ _ ed).

1. Has anyone noticed increased ride harshness (can it get any harsher?!) with the Hankook Ventus Evo V12; Tire Rack says the following when you try to order the 255/35/19 (100Y..I think spec is 96Y),
"The following tire you have selected has a higher load rating than the vehicle's Original Equipment (O.E.) tires. This typically results in increased ride harshness, which some customers may find undesirable."


2. Is it an easy option to use 305/35/19 and 275/35/19 or are there other issues to consider (spacers, flux capacitors, etc..). I noticed someone had put 305s on the rear and commented that it reduced wheelspin from a launch.

Thanks again for any help...I have had the car for 1 yr now and just loving every minute.
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I don't notice any increased ride hardness. If anything 100Y should provide stiffer side wall so it will provide better steering feel during hard turn and reduce deflection.

Track the car this weekend with this tire....ran good for first 15 minutes, getting slippery after 25 minutes.
I pushed it hard because trying to keep up with Vettes running R-compounds tires.
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I didn't experience this kind of wear when I track with Conti.
So from this aspect, Hankook is inferior to Conti.
From regular street driving, Hankook is just as good.
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I mentioned this issue to a hankook rep and the said they track these tires in testing all the time and shouldnt be any issue with the tire chipping or separation what so ever. He said contact customer service and send the picture It could be a defective tire was this the only one that did it or all four?
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