Introduced in late 2011, the Nitto Motivo is the company's newest ultra-high
performance all-season tire designed for drivers of sport coupes, luxury sedans and Crossovers. Nitto is known for
developing high performance street and track tires, and the Motivo is engineered with that in mind.
A silica enhanced tread compound and Nitto's advance tire technology give the tire
a much longer lifespan. In fact, the 60,000 mile tread warranty is the longest among any model in this
Dry traction and grip are enhanced through larger optimized outer tread blocks. A
continuous center rib provides increased steering response, and better straight line stability.
When the roads turn wet, the Motivo utilizes its angled tread blocks, four wide
circumferential grooves and unique 3-D sipes to move the water and slush from under the tread, resulting in
increased traction and hydroplane resistance. Additional "Fin" sipes provide for added biting edges to move the
tire through snow and other winter weather conditions.
One thing you will notice when riding on this tire is the level of riding comfort
it provides. The tire is very quiet for a performance tread design, and rides very comfortably as well. Much of
that can be attributed to the asymmetric tread pattern that is arranged to minimize noise.
Inside the tire are twin steel belts spirally wrapped with nylon to increase
stability and ride performance. They also help improve overall tread life. Finally, Nitto claims it has priced the
Motivo lower than similar tires in its class, and when comparing sizes to other leading tires, it appears they have
done just that.
Dry and wet traction and handling are excellent
Tire grips the corners as good as many summer performance
Ride comfort is very good and road noise is minimal
Winter handling is exceptional for a UHP tire
Attractive tread design that has a 60,000 mile treadlife
Would like to see just a bit more wet braking performance
For high performance all-season tires, the Nitto Motivo holds its own amongst the
better tires in this class. The grip in the corners is as good as some summer performance models, and all-weather
handling is excellent.
What may surprise you is the level of riding comfort and how quiet the tire is
since it carries a 500 treadwear rating, but as many drivers have made mention, this model doesn't have the
stiffness you might expect. Add in the 60,000 mile warranty and this tire is a nice choice.