Kumho Ecsta AST Review
I will start this Kumho Ecsta AST Review by saying that this tire is a looker. I know that looks are subjective, and the design should be the least of your concerns when you choose a new tire. But it is hard not to notice the aggressive dual-angle cross grooves of the Kumho Ecsta AST. It manages to inject an added dose of sportiness without going overboard.
The Kumho Ecsta AST is an ultra-high performance all-season tire that is designed to handle the demands of sporting sedans, sports coupes, and even small crossovers. Despite the racing nature of the design, the Kumho Ecsta AST is also engineered to deliver dollops of comfort with negligible tread wear.
My test car would have to be a fast sedan or coupe, with particular emphasis on outright performance than cruising comfort. I managed to acquire a 2010 BMW 335i Coupe equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine mated to a proper 6-speed manual. With 300 horsepower and 300 foot-pounds of torque on tap, this is going to be a fun drive.
My Beemer is fitted with aftermarket 17-inch wheels with wider lips and Kumho Ecsta AST tires. The rather dignified BMW was rendered as a more aggressive driving machine due to the tread design of the Kumho Ecsta AST tires.
Kumho Ecsta AST review: Features
The Kumho Ecsta AST also features shoulder blocks with a rounded trailing edge to promote healthy tread wear. It is good to know that this tire is also equipped with a lip protector to protect your alloy wheels from dents and unsightly scratches.
Kumho Ecsta AST review: Test Drive
Well, not necessarily. This is still a German-engineered car, which should be tested on a proper race track and not on an improvised drag strip. But with a turbocharged 300-horsepower engine, rear-wheel drive, and manual transmission, I couldn’t help myself.
The road was dry and I was alone in this deserted piece of road. I took three runs and I managed to make the tires scream for traction a couple of times. I didn’t record the time myself during the multiple runs, but this car is fast. I got on the highway to get a better feel for the car. The Kumho Ecsta AST tires had plenty of traction and grip, but I felt it needed more, especially when the tires were spinning as I launched the BMW towards greatness (or so I thought).
Handling and control were pretty decent given the slippery wet conditions of the road. I’m beginning to assume that the Kumho Ecsta AST performs better in the wet than on dry pavement, but I am probably mistaken here.
Not bad, really, but better to avoid snow altogether if your car is fitted these tires.
The tires will also emit a solid thump if you manage to run over a pothole, but it’s not something that would upset the overall driving experience.