Handling and Noise
There are conventional all-season tires, and there’s the OHTSU FP0612 A/S. This tire offers a higher level of performance and grip than the OHTSU FP7000. It also happens to be constructed using a high-performance all-season compound that offers elevated levels of traction in all-weather driving.
The OHTSU FP0612 A/S is designed for compact sedans, sports coupes, small crossovers, and family minivans. What makes the OHTSU FP0612 A/S unique is the hybrid construction. It may be considered a proper all-season tire, but it also happens to have the good characteristics of a performance touring tire.
What this means is a tire that rolls silently and comfortably while still enhancing handling and stability. In my book, the OHTSU FP0612 A/S is already a winner given the affordable price. In this review, I’ll dig deeper in to what makes this tire special and why it remains a solid choice for your vehicle.
OHTSU FP0612 A/S – Performance Touring
Right off the bat, it is easy to appreciate the sporty asymmetric tread design in the OHTSU FP0612 A/S. The sporting character of the tire will improve the styling of your vehicle while making it extremely capable on all types of roads and weather conditions.
The tire is equipped with four large circumferential grooves to efficiently disperse water. This allows the larger tread blocks to maintain contact with the road surface even at higher speeds in the wet. But the optimized tread pattern is not only enhanced for sporty driving. The design enables the tire to roll smoothly and quietly to improve the NVH characteristics of your vehicle. Like I said, the OHTSU FP0612 A/S is a hybrid tire that combines the merits of an all-season and touring tire, so it’s no surprise it offers a more refined ride without sacrificing high-speed handling and stability.
The treads also come with angled grooves to offer a better bite as you crawl over icy or slippery roads. Deep siping on the tread blocks also offer enhanced grip over loose or snowy surfaces. The tire is constructed using a polyester body cord along with steel belts to ensure optimum durability.
On dry roads, the OHTSU FP0612 A/S offers relentless grip. Initial turn-in is sharp while the handling is smooth and predictable even at high speeds. Braking in the dry is also at par with other expensive tire brands, but the OHTSU FP0612 A/S has a tendency to squirm under intensely hard braking. What I don’t like is the rather numb steering feel at slow speeds. The tires were refined enough to affect the steering feel in my vehicle. Thankfully, the steering feel improves as the speed builds up. This only goes to show the performance-oriented nature of the OHTSU FP0612 A/S.
The OHTSU FP0612 A/s won’t let you down on soaking wet roads, either. The angled grooves and deeper sipes enables the tire to offer blistering performance in the wet. Those larger shoulder blocks will also improve wet handling without compromising on comfort. Only if you really push it will you feel the tires reaching the limits of adhesion, and you’ll need higher amounts of horsepower to make the tire break traction at high speed. For normal highway driving in the wet, the OHTSU FP0612 A/S felt more than enough for the task at hand.
The OHTSU FP0612 A/S is an all-season tire after all, so it needs to offer solid performance on mild snowy roads. In this regard, I found out the tires felt at home on very light snow. But if you live in an area with deep snow and frozen winters, it is better to upgrade to snow tires instead of placing on your bet on all-season rubber. You will feel the rubber hunting for grip if you insist on traversing over tarmac covered in ice.
The OHTSU FP0612 A/S is not as comfortable as a proper touring tire, but it doesn’t disappoint in this regard, either. It feels firmer (and louder) over rougher patches of road, but the NVH characteristics are acceptable given the price. If you have an expensive luxury car and you demand Rolls-Royce levels of comfort in a tire, this is obviously not the perfect choice, although the OHTSU FP0612 A/S is more well-mannered than conventional all-season rubber.
Handling and Noise
Handling is marginally good on both wet and dry pavements. This tire will allow you to drive more aggressively in total safety and comfort. However, along comes the issue with road noise. The OHTSU FP0612 A/S is not the noisiest or busiest cheap tire in the market, but it can release a mild droning sound as the speed climbs. The tire is perfectly silent at slow speeds and stop-and-go city driving. But as you speed up on the highway, the tire roar is more prevalent, most especially if the tires are installed in a small compact car.
But this is not exactly a deal breaker given the lower price point of the OHTSU FP0612 A/S. If you compare the handling and noise characteristics of this tire to the OHTSU FP7000, the FP0612 A/S is the clear winner. It happens to be a step ahead in terms of grip, high-speed stability, handling, and overall refinement.
The Bottom Line
When choosing a set of affordable tires, it is best to accept the compromises. You can basically have a dirt-cheap set of tires that perform well on dry and wet roads, but sacrifices will have to be made in terms of road noise, tire wear, durability, or all of the above.
It seems the OHTSU FP0612 A/S is breaking the mold. It remains a budget alternative that happens to have the character and performance levels of a more expensive tire. It also has the styling to boot, which makes it a safe choice for small and sporty cars or crossovers.
Sporty, comfortable, stylish, and excels in both dry and wet weather driving. This basically sums up the attributes of the OHTSU FP0612 A/S. Start here if you’re searching for a decent set of affordable all-season performance tires.
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