#1.)Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110
#2.) North Carolina
#3.) Autocross, spirited mountain route exploration
#5.) So these tires are great but they suck for the first 1-2k miles. Having just replaced my first set, I can say that brand new, they feel like marshmallows and squirm around on the road like crazy.
Before i had these, I had 16'' stockers on with 225/50/16 Yokohama S drives, after 2 sets of Khumo Ecsta SPT's. Needless to say, even with the new tire squirm, the V12's being better tires on better wheels, I only noticed an improvement.
However, now that I've replaced my well broken in and worn out set, I totally feel a gigantic difference in steering response. I always doubted these tires as being true performance tires because the tread blocks are small, many and not reinforced which results in tire squirm.
Inspecting the new tread further, the tread blocks sit like trapezoids on the carcass, the pattern is wider at the base and narrow at the top i.e. the walls of the tread blocks are at an angle and aren't cut straight down to the core of the tire. The angle is more pronounced at the top of the tread so once you wear through the initial rubber you actually increase the treadblock area that's touching pavement substantially, then wear levels off.
Hankook should fix this because the tirerack review tears these tires apart. I feel that these become MUCH better after wearing them in a bit.
Wet traction is great with these, the tread pattern earns some great hydroplaning resistance and almost too much forward grip for my taste. Lateral wet grip isn't outstanding as I had a fair amount of understeer in a rainy autocross earlier this year. Any attempts to break the rear loose with power is futile, even with over 300 whp. I wish that was more balanced.
Lastly, tire wear is impressive. These lasted me longer than any other brand/make of tire I've had before. However, these seem to loose chunks of rubber in the winter time, I'd recommend them for warm weather with little below freezing temperatures. They are summer tires but more summer than any other summer tire I've had.