The Ventus S1 Noble2 is Hankook's latest entry in their ultra-high performance
all-season tire lineup. Built for drivers of all types of sport coupes and sedans, the Noble 2 provides year-round
traction and cornering performance on dry, wet and even snow covered road surfaces.
A high-performance hybrid silica tread compound provides increased wet traction,
while also giving this model a lower rolling resistance for added fuel efficiency. Of course, fuel efficiency isn't
what is always on the minds of drivers of this tire. That said, the notched shoulders and tread design provide
impressive dry traction and cornering grip. The tire's center rib further enhances steering response, something
that is very good on this model.
Four circumferential grooves and Hankook's Aqua Hydro Block technology increase
wet traction and braking performance, while also reducing the risk of hydroplaning by channeling away water from
under the tire. Winter handling is addressed through the use of 3D sipes and unique edge grooves that provide
biting edges on snow and ice.
Hankook uses special 3D vibration analysis technology on the Noble2. It creates a
more advanced profile for the mold, which results in a footprint that optimizes treadwear and provides increased
brake performance. Inside the tire you will find two steel belts that are nylon reinforced for added strength and
durability at higher speeds.
A polyester cord body increases ride comfort, and hardened bead fillers in the
sidewall create added handling capabilities. Hankook offers sizes ranging from 16-20 inches and includes a 50,000
mile tread guarantee.
Dry and wet traction are very good
Tire stability and steering response is above average
Comfortable ride for a high-performance tire
Treadlife could be a bit better
The new Noble2 from Hankook is a nice addition to Hankook’s high-performance tire
lineup. Dry and wet pavement traction is very good on this model. The steering is responsive and the tire is stable
throughout the speed range. Cornering grip is another area where this tire excels. It holds dry pavement well at
Winter handling is pretty much what you would expect from your average high
performance AS tire... not so good. This is the case especially on deep snow and ice. We’ve heard numerous
complaints in this regard from other drivers. The other area you may have an issue with is treadwear.
Overall, we do like this tire despite the lack of winter traction. It features a
price that is lower than many other comparable models in its class and it offers well-rounded performance on
dry/wet road surfaces.
Hankook provides a 5-year or 50,000 mile tread warranty on the Noble2. Tire
uniformity is guaranteed for the first year of first 2/32 inch of wear. Materials and workmanship are warranted for
5-years and includes free replacement during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. A prorated amount is given
for the remaining time period or down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.