The new Ventus S1 evo3 tire is designed for speed and stability.
It is the tire of choice for automakers such as Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche.
I’ve now got a set on my Volkswagen Golf Sportswagen.
I’ll begin this introductory tire review story by acknowledging that it is somewhat late in the summer season to begin a tire review. The fact of the matter is that arrangements for the test began back in February. The global pandemic has created massive shipping delays which in turn has negatively affected inventories. Regardless, I finally now have a set of Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 tires mounted on my car.
Many “experts” have written about the effects tires have on a given vehicle’s driving characteristics. Only when trying tires, back to back on the same car or on similar cars in a comparison test, can these differences truly surface. Expectations can also impact these impressions. The simple fact that the Ventus S1 evo3 tires are included as original equipment on vehicles such as the new Audi RS Q8, and the BMW 850i xDrive Coupé certainly has an impact.
The new Ventus S1 evo3 is a considerably improved tire over the outgoing model in both dry and wet handling. Although it seems impossible to imagine a street tire capable of optimum performance in both these challenging conditions, the more-than-meets-the-eye amount of technology that goes into tires is close to making it possible.
The ingredients that go into the tread compound are key to enabling all levels of performance. The Ventus S1 evo3’s compound consists of a Highly Enriched Synthetic Silica Compound (HSSC) which is vulcanized at a low temperature for twice as long as usual. This process ensures greater longevity, among other advantages. Although I won’t experience this aspect, I have so far sampled the benefits of the aramid hybrid reinforcement belts. In simple terms, this technology strengthens the tire’s structure.
As always, a tire’s tread pattern needs to be all things to all buyers, from capable of offering grip in all conditions to looking good and aggressive. The Ventus S1 evo3’s pattern is loaded with distinct surfaces, but they’re not simply for show. The outside shoulders are wide, design to handle the forces created when cornering. The larger outside grove features an interlocking pattern designed to limit hydroplaning thus improving wet driving performance. Towards the inside of the tire, the numerous blocks and visible gaps aid is evacuating as much water as possible.
The Hankook Ventus S1 evo3’s specifications are impressive. And so far, I’ve found myself appreciating my Golf’s steering response and the overall highway speed stability provided by the tires. However, and importantly and although I’ve only covered roughly 500 km with the new tires, I find them to be noisier than expected. Hankook does note that the evo3s are quieter than the evo2s and, in my case, I can confirm that they are louder than the Nokian zLine A/S tires they have replaced. So far, this is my only significant comment.
As summer rolls on by, I will continue to put mileage on the tires and report back later this summer or early next fall.