Nankang tires for set of 4 for $562 tax and shipping included.
Obviously there was a lot of concern from the Tesla motors community regarding these since no one has tried them yet and their price point. Well, I went ahead and pulled the trigger and thought why not? These tires met all the weight and speed requirements of any other high price tire except it didn’t come with the high price tag.
So after having them installed for little over 2000 miles now, I can do a proper review on them.
So right away after having them installed, I’ve noticed these are a softer ride then the famous Continentals I’ve had on prior. In fact, it was almost comparable to the 19’s ride Quality. Even when set to 42psi.
The tride on these are meatier with more groves then the continentals which makes performance in rain more ideal. These performan better and feel more confident in wet conditions. When I had Continentals installed, I would have to slow down around corners or curvy roads when wet by a lot because if I didn’t feel comfortable or It would feel like I would end up in the ditch. Well, with these cheap tires installed, the car just feels more pleated and confident in the rain to the point where I feel comfortable driving the same style and speed in wet conditions as if I was driving in dry conditions.
I haven’t had much time in warmer conditions with these because it’s been raining a lot here in Washington. But the dry days I do have, I do feel like the Continental performed a bit better in dryer warmer weather when it comes to performance. Even tho these cheap tires are labeled as performance tires, they feel and perform a lot more like a all season tire. As far as stopping goes. These do just fine from my experience. I’ve had a couple Panic stops with these and never had a “oh crap! not slowing down in time” moment.
Now the bad.
What I’ve noticed right away is that these tires consume more power from the vehicle. Its hard to prove that these are the reason why my car is now averaging 20-40 more Whl/mil.. but it’s a coincidence that right after I had these installed, I started to consume more power. This could be due to the tride patten causing more friction and drag. But I’m definitely using more power then the Continentals.
For the price, the free road hazard, and 40k mile warranty, these I would recommend for a good budget tire for the 21’s. If you want the absolute best performance. These aren’t it. But if you have been on the look out for a all season, with good performance these will do great as a all season tire for your 21s. Yes, I would definitely buy again even with the higher consumption of power these pull.
I’ve provided a couple pics where you can see the tride patten and how much more beefy the tride is.