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The Ventus V12 evo (K110) is Hankook’s Max Performance Summer tire developed for the drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and high performance sedans. The Ventus V12 evo is designed to combine comfort and control in dry and wet road conditions. However like all summer tires, the Ventus V12 evo is not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.
Ventus V12 evo radials feature Hankook’s High Tg Polymer & Specific Resin (HPSR) compound molded into a directional tread design featuring a Multiple Tread Radius (MTR) profile that combines notched shoulder ribs, independent intermediate tread blocks and a continuous center rib to blend powerful braking with predictable handling. Wide circumferential and Y-shape lateral grooves help direct water through the tire’s footprint to resist hydroplaning.
The tire’s internal structure includes twin steel belts reinforced by two-ply high-density, spirally wrapped jointless nylon. Additionally, a two-layer rayon casing sandwiches a hard rubber in the sidewall between the body cord plies to help resist distortion at high speeds and while cornering.
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I have over 35k miles on these tires for my Mercedes S500 AMG and they have performed well in dry and wet conditions. The tread and stability of the tire(s) has held up better than I expected and for that reason I am pleased enough to order a second set.
My main selling point on these tires was that they were on sale and had good ratings. The tires were generally pretty good for handling but wore down way faster than I expected. I only got 25,000 miles out of them of mostly highway driving before they were at the 2/32 replacement nubs. If you are looking at these because they’re cheaper than other options you should think twice and just spend some more money on longer lasting tires.
My first two sets of tires were Goodyear Eagles. I replaced the first set of Goodyears thinking that I had just gotten a bad set of tires. But the second set proved no better in that they wore unevenly and couldn’t keep the air pressure up in them. My third set of tires was the Hankook Ventus V12. Head over heels better than the Goodyears. So far with 35,000 on them, I have even wear and never any problem with them holding the tire pressure. Now I’m buying another set of Hankooks. I could probably get another 5000 out of them but my experience has been that as the tread wears down on any tire, the tendency to be have the tire punctured by some sharp object increases. Plus I’m nearly at the tread wear marks now.
This is my first set of Hankooks ever and I thought they would be the best tires. I bought a set of four back in July 2015 and in the beginning, they were great. They handled fantastic and even went through the rain just fine. I’ve already had to replace them because they were literally slicks at under 10,000 miles. The treadwear was horrible! I’ve never had tires wear out this fast. No wonder they were so cheap. I didn’t even realize how bad they were until I went to rotate them and the guy tells me that there is no reason to rotate them because there isn’t much tread left. There wasn’t enough tread to even pass inspection. I will never ever buy these or any Hankooks again. I went with Michelin Pilots this time hoping for a much better experience.
This is my second set. I bought these in Autumn 2014 at a bargain basement price assuming they were going to be discontinued. (The EVO2 had just been released.) They’re still around and still attractively priced. This is an all-around good summer tire, probably better than most. I’m not trying to win the race to work every morning, so I drive (mostly) sedately on the street. I’ve made a point to autocross every tire I’ve put on my car at least once, and while the V12 EVO is not a super sticky tire (I’ve got 200 TW tires for competition), it’s predictable enough to drive confidently in low grip situations. I got 21k miles out of this set and they are at the wear bars. Autocross-skewed alignment has worn the inside edges more than the outside edges, but that’s not the fault of the tire. With a less aggressive alignment, I feel confident I could have gotten a few more thousand miles out of them. I rated this as a “probably not” as far as buying again, only because there are newer tires that offer more for a few more dollars. Still a decent choice, especially in light of the low asking price.
Performance for the dollar. Great tire for the price, but terrible treadwear on high horsepower cars. After just under 10,000mi I’m halfway through the treadwear indicators on the rear and have lost hydroplaning resistance in the rear. The fronts look great. I am putting down a hair over 500hp to the rear wheels though and I drive the car to enjoy it. I don’t abuse it, and I’m not a teenager, so no burnouts, but I certainly enjoy the feeling of acceleration. I’ll buy another set of rear tires in the next few weeks.
These tires came with the car when I bought it, the rims and these tires make the car look pretty nice. I live in Wisconsin and have just over 3 full years with these tires, even in 2 full Wisconsin winter seasons. I was nervous driving with these in winter, but the first year wasn’t so bad. The 2nd year the treads were starting to wear and made it very challenging to drive in snow. On dry roads these are really nice. Towards the end I started to neglect my tires and let the air pressure get low, the tread started to wear on all 4 on the edges. I’ve never had summer tires before these, so I have nothing to compare them too, but the were really nice while I had them. I would consider buying them again.