Providing all-season traction and handling to go with a more quiet and comfortable ride is what Nankang has built the TourSport NS to do. Designed for drivers of coupes, sedans and minivans. The all-season tread compound sports an asymmetrical tread pattern and continuous center rib for enhanced dry surface handling and added cornering maneuverability.
Four wider circumferential grooves and angled sipes around the tread increase traction and handling on wet pavement, as well as reduce the risk of hydroplaning. The angled sipes also provide added grip on snow or slush covered roads. Road noise is reduced through the variable pitch tread sequence that Nankang uses on this model.
The computer optimized tread pattern creates a more quiet riding tire that makes driving more enjoyable. A wider tread contact patch has been used to not only enhance handling and braking, but to also prevent uneven and irregular tire wear. Reviews from other drivers have mentioned getting a long tread life out of this model.
Very good traction and grip on dry and wet surfaces
Above average braking capabilities
Ride is comfortable and road noise is minimal
Long lasting treadwear gives good value for the money
Winter handling could be a little better
No mileage guarantee
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm. This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow. Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.