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 class.
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
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 tires
Ride comfort is very good and road noise is minimal
Attractive tread design that has a 60,000 mile treadlife warranty
Too early to know yet (Will continue to update this review)
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.