Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 (K117)
The Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 (K117) is one of the company’s premium performance summer tyres. Hankook claims it offers drivers “the best balance between wet and dry performance.”
The Ventus S1 evo2 (K117) features a high grip silica compound. It serves to improve traction in both wet and dry conditions, as well as reducing rolling resistance. This consequently also has the effect of improving fuel efficiency.
The tyre's cooling system and Aqua Driving Control feature aid wet weather performance and handling. The former speeds up water drainage and improves heat radiation at high speed, leading to better grip on the road. The latter allows for superior wet weather performance by rapidly draining water away from the tyre's path.
Moreover, as a result of the combination of a wide steel belt layer, light-weight rayon casing and high stiffness bead filler, the Ventus S1 evo2 (K117) provides precise steering, improved handling response and better control when cornering at speed.
What’s more, the tyre's Triple Driveline feature prevents loss of performance as wear progresses down to the tread wear indicator.
A final interesting characteristic of the Ventus S1 evo2 (K117) is its Visual Alignment Indicator (VAI). It is a shoulder-based feature that helps drivers easily see whether their tyres are aligned correctly.
Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 (K117) Features
- Better traction in both wet and dry conditions
- Reduced rolling resistance
- Improved handling and steering response
- Visual Alignment Indicator (VAI)
Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 (K117) Reviews
As a well-established tread pattern that has been tried and tested by lots of motorists, the Ventus S1 evo2 (K117) has received lots of positive reviews.
Reviewers focus on its performance in wet weather conditions, its fuel efficiency and its value for money. Some reviewers also say that the tyre is quieter than they would have expected.
While the focus is certainly on how impressive the the Ventus S1 evo2 (K117) is in the wet, reviewers claim this tyre is also very good in the dry, providing sharp steering and stability when entering corners.
The EU Tyre Lable for the Ventus S1 evo2 (K117) tyre gives it a C-F rating for Fuel Efficiency and an A-B rating for Wet Grip. Its External Rolling Noise comes in at anything between 65 and 73 decibels (ratings vary depending on tyre size).
Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 (K117) Tyre Tests
In its 2018 Summer Tyre Test, motoring magazine AutoBild ranked Hankook’s Ventus S1 evo2 (K117) second out of six tyres. Testers found it offered responsive steering and good value for money, in addition to short braking distances in the wet and dry.
In AutoBild’s Sports Car Tyre Test the year before, the Ventus S1 evo2 (K117) was rated as ‘Exemplary.’ Testers mentioned some under-steering on wet surfaces, however they praised its impressive handling on dry surfaces and its good value for money. It ranked second out of nine tyres.
Even in 2016, AutoBild found the tyre performed very well in its UHP Summer Tyre Test. It ranked second out of six tyres and was labelled ‘Exemplary’ by testers for its very high resistance to aquaplaning and its short braking distances in wet conditions.
A whole range of other motoring magazines have tested the Ventus S1 evo2 (K117) and found it to be a high quality, recommendable tyre, including: Auto Club Europa (A.C.E), Sport Review, ADAC Motorwelt, Auto Review and Gute Fahrt.
The Ventus S1 evo2 is available in a vast array of sizes, for rim diameters between 16 and 19 inches and for speed ratings V, W and Y.
Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 SUV
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