Nankang NS2

Dry Grip 77%
Wet Grip 58%
Road Feedback 66%
Handling 62%
Wear 75%
Comfort 64%
Buy again 61%

The Nankang NS2 is a Ultra High Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

This tyre replaced the Nankang NS1

This tyre has been replaced by the Nankang Noble Sport NS20

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Tyre review data from 191 tyre reviews averaging 66% over 1,673,039 miles driven.

Tyre Test Highlights

2012 Auto Bild 20 inch Tyre Test - 7th of 8 tyres

  • Positive - Low rolling resistance.
  • Negative - Dangerously long braking distance in the wet, wet understeer, reduced steering precision, loud and uncomfortable.
Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
155/55 R14 69V   F C 71  
205/60 R14 92H XL   E C 71  
155/65 R14 75V   F C 71  
185/45 R15 75V   F C 71  
195/45 R15 78V   F C 71  
165/50 R15 72V   F C 71  
195/50 R15 82V   F C 71  
205/50 R15 86V   F C 71  
185/55 R15 82V   F C 71  
165/40 R16 73V XL   F C 71  
205/40 R16 83V XL   F C 71  
215/40 R16 86W XL   F C 71  
165/45 R16 74V   F C 71  
195/45 R16 84V XL   F C 71  
205/45 R16 87V XL   F C 71  
195/50 R16 84V   F C 71  
205/50 R16 87V   F C 71  
205/55 R16 91V   E C 71  
215/55 R16 93V   E C 71  
215/55 R16 97W XL   E C 71  
225/55 R16 95V   E C 71  
225/55 R16 95W   E C 71  
165/35 R17 75V   F C 71  
185/35 R17 82V   F C 71  
165/40 R17 75V   F C 71  
205/40 R17 84V XL   F C 71  
215/40 R17 87V XL   F C 71  
235/40 R17 90V   F C 71  
245/40 R17 91V   E C 71  
245/40 R17 91W   E C 71  
255/40 R17 94V   E C 71  
275/40 R17 98W   E C 73  
205/45 R17 88V XL   F C 71  
215/45 R17 91V XL   E C 71  
215/45 R17 91W XL   E C 71  
225/45 R17 94V XL   E C 71  
235/45 R17 94V   E C 71  
205/50 R17 93W XL   E C 71  
225/55 R17 101W XL   E C 71  
285/30 R18 93Y   E C 71  
215/35 R18 84W XL   F C 71  
225/35 R18 87W XL   F C 71  
255/35 R18 94W XL   E C 71  
265/35 R18 93W   E C 71  
215/40 R18 89W XL   F C 71  
225/40 R18 92W XL   E C 71  
235/40 R18 95W XL   E C 71  
245/40 R18 97W XL   E C 71  
225/45 R18 91W   F C 71  
225/45 R18 95W XL   E C 71  
245/45 R18 100Y XL   E C 71  
245/30 R19 89Y XL   F C 71  
265/30 R19 93Y XL   E C 71  
275/30 R19 96Y XL   E C 71  
285/30 R19 94Y XL   E C 71  
215/35 R19 85Y   F C 71  
225/35 R19 88Y XL   F C 71  
235/35 R19 91Y XL   E C 71  
245/35 R19 93Y XL   E C 71  
255/35 R19 96Y XL   E C 71  
275/35 R19 96Y   E C 71  
225/40 R19 93Y XL   E C 71  
275/40 R19 101Y   E C 71  
245/45 R19 98Y   E C 71  
225/30 R20 85W XL   F C 71  
235/30 R20 88W XL   F C 71  
245/30 R20 95Y XL   E C 71  
255/30 R20 92Y XL   E C 71  
275/30 R20 97Y XL   E C 71  
285/30 R20 99Y XL   E C 71  
225/35 R20 90Y XL   F C 71  
235/35 R20 92W XL   E C 71  
245/35 R20 95Y   E C 71  
255/35 R20 97Y XL   E C 71  
275/35 R20 102Y XL   E C 71  
255/30 R22 95W XL   E C 71  
265/30 R22 100W XL   E C 71  

Questions and Answers for the Nankang NS2

2016-05-31 - Hi there, i plan to replace my car tyres, size 205/55 R16. i previously owned yokohama advan db. Now i plan to move any good budget tyres. I am thinking to switch to nankang ns2?. but these are rotational. Would like to have your advise on rotational tyres. Are these better from non rotational tyres or there is no difference?

Manufacturers primarily switched to non-directional (asymmetric) tyres to make OE fitment easier for vehicle manufacturers. A directional tyre usually has better aquaplaning performance, but as most directional tyres are now older designs, you might be better off with a more modern asymmetric pattern.

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Size Price Range  
205/45 R16 £44.80 - £47.00 (6 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/40 R18 £49.70 - £99.80 (12 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £44.60 - £52.80 (6 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R18 £65.00 - £67.60 (6 Prices) Compare Prices >>
255/35 R19 £77.10 - £97.20 (6 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 84 tyre sizes - View all.

Top Nankang NS2 Review

Given 70% (breakdown) while driving a BMW 520d (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 2,000 average miles
This is old tire model, but if this review helps someone...They were not that horrible on normal driving. Somewhat reduced grip on wet, but mostly very average tyres. I think Nankang might have quality issues, because some will praise them, and others are trashing them. We have quite rough roads in Finland, and mostly very strict speed limits, so I have very limited experience from progressiveness or how it handle at the limits. However, I had never any issues with these.
92 - tyre reviewed on April 21, 2016   

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Given 32% (breakdown) while driving a Toyota Celica VVTLi (225/35 R18) on a combination of roads for 2,000 average miles
Horrible. The worst tyres I have ever had the misfortune to use. Only had them as they came as part of a package that I bought. Dry grip isn't great, wet grip is a lot worse. In the wet it constantly feels like driving on ice. I don't have a super powerful car, just a Celica t sport, but these tyres are just terrible for it. Cannot wait until I can afford to replace them with something better. I'd even go so far as to say that they could be deadly to an inexperienced driver giving it beans in the wet. First and second gears are useless in the wet as even the traction control can't cope with the lack of grip these give, and that's not a good thing with the British weather being what it is.

1 - tyre reviewed on February 25, 2018   
Given 63% (breakdown) while driving a Mitsubishi Lancer GT 2.0 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 50,000 average miles
Tires look great, square profile give it a sporty look. Rolls pretty good too. Cons though are quality. It can lock up even if the car has ABS while the road is dry. Noisy. Tire noise is just. Terrible. To the point I had my wheel bearings checked but they turned out fine. Even noisy in New asphalt traveling at around 90km/h (55mph). Will I buy this tire again? No. Will I recommend it? If you have an already uncomfortable setup (stanced or racing) and looking for a budget tire, get this one. If you want comfort and occasional spirited driving, get something else.
0 - tyre reviewed on January 20, 2018   
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Given 43% (breakdown) while driving a Jaguar XF S (245/40 R20) on a combination of roads for 2,500 average miles
Got these all round on my Jaguar XF the first thing i noticed was the noise , they are very noisy , wet grip is average dry grip ok , would i buy again simply no because of the loud noise they make .
10 - tyre reviewed on September 30, 2017   
Given 82% (breakdown) while driving a MINI Cooper S (205/45 R17 W) on mostly country roads for 100 spirited miles
Only just bought these. The Bridgestones I had last year, lasted only a year. I will never buy those again. I thought I would try these tires as I didn't want to shell out £110 a corner again. So far the grip, road noise and feedback seem great!
10 - tyre reviewed on September 14, 2017   
Given 77% (breakdown) while driving a Vauxhall Corsa Sxi (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 10,000 spirited miles
Where do I begin, these tyres are just unbelievable for their value, I paid £36.50 a corner (excluding fitting) for a tyre that has given me my best times on the drag strip and round track. Just can't say enough good about them, don't get me wrong their wet performance is slightly questionable at the best of times but aren't most tyres? haha. The grip in the dry is so superior that I snapped a brand new driveshaft on a launch at the strip, thankfully after I got a few runs in. For the price and how well it out performs others I can not speak higher of this tyre. I couldnt speak high enough and have recommended these to my friends who have given back similar feedback. Just buy them, you won't regret it.

*note* the tyres would of well outlasted 10,000 miles, probably well over doubled the life if I didn't like burnouts lol
4 - tyre reviewed on August 5, 2017   

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