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Old 20th August 2009, 01:36   #1
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The Ventus R-S2 Z212 was created from the successful Ventus RSS Z211 racing design.

It has been brought to the street with improved road contact surface area for dry traction and a tread design featuring exceptional water dispersion for wet conditions. The result is a street tire delivering maximum grip with the proven Ventus Ultra-High Performance tread compound.
These tyres look aggressive and seem similar to ADVAN NEOVA from yokohama. Now advan neova`s are really grippy, is the R-S2 similar in performance to advans ??

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GRIP ?
TIRE WEAR ?
ROAD NOISE ?

Have heard the sidewall is weak, is it true ? Any reviews or real life experience with this tyre will be helpful!

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Old 20th August 2009, 01:55   #2
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Here is what my friend had to say who is running RS2's.

Grip levels significantly lesser to the AD07's. RS2's are noisier than the AD07's. And they last for around 25k kms. How much are you getting them for? Unless there is a huge price difference between the AD07's/AD08's and the RS2's I would say stick to the Yoko's.

Are Potenza RE-11's available in India?
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Here is what my friend had to say who is running RS2's.

Grip levels significantly lesser to the AD07's. RS2's are noisier than the AD07's. And they last for around 25k kms. How much are you getting them for? Unless there is a huge price difference between the AD07's/AD08's and the RS2's I would say stick to the Yoko's.

Are Potenza RE-11's available in India?
Being almost 35% cheaper,the RS-2 will obviously be noisier with significantly lesser grip levels than AD07s.

The RS-2s are value for money street tires and they will last a lot more than 25k km.Go for them.

Can't remember how noisy they were,nothing can be as noisy on street as AD07s

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Im getting 205/40/17 @ Rs 6200

How are these compared to S-drives or Maxxis MA-Z1 ?
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At that price it seems ok.

However, this is my personal opinion, I would never buy Hankook/Maxxis, etc... I wouldm uch prefer to spend a little extra and go for a bigger brand like Yoko/Michelin. I mean, how often do you spend money on tyres? Once in 2 years? Once in 3 years? It's worth it to spend a bit more and get something reputed for the only four contact patches that hold your car to the road.
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And they last for around 25k kms. How much are you getting them for?
Then, how many kms do you expect from Neovas ??
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Im getting 205/40/17 @ Rs 6200

How are these compared to S-drives or Maxxis MA-Z1 ?
Better than Maxxis but anyday S drives are better of the three.
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I mean, how often do you spend money on tyres? Once in 2 years? Once in 3 years?
Nikhil
With 205/40-17 and Indian road conditions you never know when you would need to get a new set tires.
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Then, how many kms do you expect from Neovas ??
I expect 15'' Neova's to last 20k with my driving. But the RS2's came in 17'' on my friends Accord. Lasted him ~27k.
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Price difference in the Hankook and AD07's is almost double I think, aZa is getting Hankook for 6200, Where as a AD07 should be around the 12-14k mark.

The tire looked impressive but I would suggest you stick to S.Drives only, as rightly said by nikhil, Spend once and get good tires.
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Where on earth did you find them??? I was looking for them all over the place and everyone said they're not available in 16 inchers!! Got Yoko ADrive R1s then.
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The tire looked impressive but I would suggest you stick to S.Drives only,
We call the S.drives "suicidal" tires for they have an uncanny knack to lock up severely on braking from even a slow speed. I find them to be the worst of the lot. Stick to Michelins if you are looking at a mid level entry. PP2's or Pilot Sport would be a safer bet. I hear Bridgestone has re-introduces the Potenza GIII's again? Feedback from some very fast drivers is that GIII's are anyday better than S.drives. I would vouch for their words.
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They havent reintroduced anything. Except what went out of style a hundred years ago in the rest of the world.

It's just that one mad elantra driver decided to try the GIIIs again after a gap of a couple of years.
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They havent reintroduced anything. Except what went out of style a hundred years ago in the rest of the world.

It's just that one mad elantra driver decided to try the GIIIs again after a gap of a couple of years.
Ah! But who is even selling the GIII's anymore? I mean is this fresh stock? Or one stashed away for years?

If the elantra uncles say, they are good. I bet they are good. They know what they are talking about, specially when it comes to tires. I personally liked the F1's better than the GIII's. Are F1's available?
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Ah! But who is even selling the GIII's anymore? I mean is this fresh stock? Or one stashed away for years?

If the elantra uncles say, they are good. I bet they are good. They know what they are talking about, specially when it comes to tires. I personally liked the F1's better than the GIII's. Are F1's available?
F1s are available. GIIIs are made in India nowadays. It's been there for ages.
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I would never buy Hankook/Maxxis, etc... I wouldm uch prefer to spend a little extra and go for a bigger brand like Yoko/Michelin.
I beg to differ.
Hankooks and Kumhos have been taking the battle to the doorsteps of Michelin and Yokohama for years now. They're OEM tyres for a lot of cars in the US.
As long as they're priced well, the Indian enthusiast will always support them.
This is India. Cost/Price is a BIG factor.

PS: Is this ventus RS-2 available in 185/60/R14?
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This is India. Cost/Price is a BIG factor.

PS: Is this ventus RS-2 available in 185/60/R14?
^^ totally agree with u here.

R-S2 are costing me 6200 per peice
Sdrive in 17" is 9000 per peice

and yes they are available in 185/60/14

About GIII's, the dealers here in karol bagh are giving them around 4000 per peice for 17". They say these GIIIs are from thailand and not the japanese stuff that used to come earlier. I have used GIII's before and they are fantastic but they were Jap made.
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