Tweener 200tw tires: Kumho V730 vs. Yokohama AD09 vs. Nexen Sport R

Andy
By Andy Hollis
Jul 17, 2024 | Tire Test, Yokohama, 200tw, Kumho, Ecsta V730, Nexen, Advan Neova AD09, N'Fera Sport R | Posted in Tires & Wheels , Features | From the Feb. 2024 issue | Never miss an article

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No matter the situation, today’s tire market seems to offer a solution. Are you willing to trade some of your track rat’s pace for durability and consistency but want something faster than an endurance tire? Or are you maybe competing in the Gridlife Touring Cup, where the latest Super 200 hotness is on the banned list? If so, we have …

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gbuff
gbuff GRM+ Memberand New Reader
1/17/24 9:14 a.m.

I can't see how the Kumho could be anything but lousy in the wet which makes it a non-starter for me.

Andy Hollis
Andy Hollis
1/17/24 10:05 a.m.
gbuff said:

I can't see how the Kumho could be anything but lousy in the wet which makes it a non-starter for me.

Depends on how wet.

Believe it or not, its one of the best out there in the damp.  And even mild puddling.  Great compound.

But yeah, deep water turns it into a kayak pretty quickly...

aw614
aw614 HalfDork
1/17/24 10:41 a.m.

The steering deadzone was something I had to get used to on my Integra, but somehow I improved my times at the FIRM with the Nexen, including hitting my PB and being consistent on them. But they've gotten really loud after having them sit on my broken Intega for a few months in my garage before putting them on my Civic so I can have something to do some casual PCA autocrosses in. 

karstgeo72
karstgeo72 GRM+ Memberand New Reader
1/17/24 11:31 a.m.

Tried the Nexens last year on my VW Golf Sportwagen (245/40/17 on 17x9s) and was impressed for general intermediate-driver HPDE use.  Easy to drive and v. grippy and do come up to temp quickly...were consinstent lap to lap but I'm not racing/TT'ing here...just lapping/having fun.  I also noted that they are relatively quiet approaching the limit.  I don't use them on the street so can't comment there.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/17/24 1:38 p.m.

The Nexens come in a 245/40-15. Woot!

H2OPro
H2OPro GRM+ Memberand None
1/17/24 1:40 p.m.

Love the 730. Abused several sets. They have a little extra tread depth vs other 200tw tires and work until the cord show. Not bad at autox either. I never experienced the 1 lap to come in after initial heat cycle. What was ambient temp during test?

thashane
thashane GRM+ Memberand Reader
1/17/24 1:52 p.m.

How much faster would you guess the A052, and CRSv3 are? To reference how much time can be gained by paying 2x more. 

One of our local guys spoke poorly on Kumho as a brand, but I figured a Korean tire on a Korean car was meant to be. I regret not buying multiple sets when TR had that instant per tire rebate. I'm not sure if they get faster when they convert to semi- slick. But I've been really happy with them.

I agree that they take a good lap to turn on. I've lost the rear (fwd) on the first run on a acouple of autocrosses, almost lost it at track days as well. But they hold on for the entirety of 20 minute hpde sessions.

I really like them, and plan to buy them again. Great for hpde's and local autocrosses

TheROOKIE
TheROOKIE GRM+ Memberand New Reader
1/17/24 1:58 p.m.

In reply to Andy Hollis :

Found the same thing, in light greasy conditions the Kuhmo still retained great grip.

And far superior grip in the dry, get your pressures right and they perform consistently lap after lap.yes

Petercho2813
Petercho2813 New Reader
1/17/24 2:40 p.m.

What about wet capabilities as a daily tire? 

 

 

How is the nexen in terms of aquaplaning? The ad09's look great in the wet with those massive center channels, and the v730s look like a no-go for a mainly daily summer tire. 

 

Obviously all 3 of these tires can be dailyed in the dry, but what really separates them imo is road manners in the wet. 

 

In the case of the ad09, I'd give up a bit of pace for aquaplanning resistance, as I drive every day and will only do 1-2 hpde a year. 

thashane
thashane GRM+ Memberand Reader
1/17/24 3:56 p.m.
thashane said:

How much faster would you guess the A052, and CRSv3 are? To reference how much time can be gained by paying 2x more. 

Responding to myself, since I forgot I already read A052 vs V730 and I guess I can't edit my post after 2hrs...

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