Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 Review

Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601

This article takes a look at the Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 tire to help you decide if these tires are for your sporty summer vehicle. 

Our research has covered all aspects of the Apex V601 and we have dived deep to take a good look at the manufacturer’s specifications to see how well this tire is made, and how the Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 did in a variety of performance road tests. 

We then compiled the data from those tests and compared it to real customer reviews to create a full-spectrum view of the tire’s performance. Our priority is to give you the most accurate, objective and unbiased information possible.

Don’t have time to read everything? Here’s a quick summary of our review as well as pros & cons listed.

Conclusion:

Based on our research, we concluded the Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 is one of the best max-performance summer tires around. From the data and user experiences that we have gathered, it’s suggested that this tire will perform best on dry pavement but can also hold its own in wet conditions when needed.

Pros

  • Good traction in turns
  • Excellent in dry conditions
  • Impressive handling
  • Solid construction

Cons

  • Performance in snow or icy weather
  • Poor tread life

In this review, we’ll look at the Apex V601’s handling, noise, comfort, durability, and price to help you decide if this is the tire you need.  

Now buckle up, and let’s get between the treads of the Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 to see what it’s made of.  

Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 Overview

Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 is the manufacturer’s max performance summer tire developed for sporty cars, sports coupes, and high-performance sedans. This tire puts ride quality, comfort, smooth handling, high-speed durability, and traction together for warm weather performance. 

Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 is classified as a summer tire, and is designed for the pavement rather than any off-road or icy conditions. If you’re planning to drive these in snow or cold conditions for any part of the winter season, you’ll want to consider a dedicated winter tire instead. 

In its class, the ADVAN Apex V601 is an averagely-priced tire compared to its competitors, ranging from £157 – £367.00 per tire (depending on size), yet it performs at a level that its price backs up.

The Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 is designed with a high-grade, micro-silica-tread compound backed by a 5 Year / 25,000 warranty—impressive for its class.      

Performance Breakdown

Now, let’s look at a more comprehensive breakdown of the Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 Summer tire. 

Performance 

Wet

According to tests conducted by TireRack.com, The Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 performed impressively in wet conditions for a Summer tire. It scored highly in hydroplaning resistance, as well as general wet tracking. 

The tire tread blocks are a high-grade, micro-silica-tread compound blend designed to increase grip in wet and slick situations on straightaways and in turns. 

Its grooves are designed with three interior circumferential paths to remove water without compromising traction. They are asymmetrical and designed to be wider towards the outer part of the tire to increase cornering ability in various terrains.  

Dry

The Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 tested well in cornering stability, traction, and steering response in dry conditions as well—the best performing area of all of its tests.

Users reported that the tires were effective for cornering and fast straightaways on the road and track, especially in dry conditions.   

Snow

This is where the Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 suffers the most. But hey, it’s designed for summer performance—we can’t have everything when looking for peak performance on the track. 

But what you lose in the snow, you gain everywhere else. 

Winter tests were not performed on the V601, but it is noted by TireRack.com that these tires should not be used, serviced, stored, OR driven in below-freezing temperatures. 

If they are, you’ll likely experience premature wear and cracking in the tire’s construction. If they are exposed to freezing temperatures, give them more than 24 hours to reacclimate before reusing used, filling air into, or servicing. 

Handling

The Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601’s construction was designed to hold in turns and straightaways to provide trustworthy handling to your driving experience. 

It is made from a single-ply rayon casing for high turn-up and a two-ply sidewall which lends to its advanced lateral stability and handling. 

Its wide outboard rib is designed with an extra-low void to increase lateral grip, and its reinforced center rib keeps contact with the pavement for high-speed stability and excellent handling. The Apex V601 also has a narrow outer groove to dissipate heat generated while driving aggressively. 

The tire’s structure includes wide, twin steel belts reinforced by spirally wound nylon cap plies designed to stabilize the wheel and assist with shock absorption on bumpy conditions at any speed. It also has a double rail stabilizer for additional stability and steering response.

According to customer reviews, these tires held well in turns as well as at high speeds on straight roads. Most reviews raved about the V601’s handling.    

Noise and comfort

Noise

The V601 has a molded asymmetric design with optimized groove angles to decrease tire noise.

The Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 scored very well in noise tests, though many customer reviews claim that the noise of the tire was average.

Comfort

For comfort, the Apex V601 tested well in ride quality. With its micro-silica-blend tread compound, it keeps consistent traction with the pavement that can be felt while driving.

Customer reviews reported a smooth and comfortable ride, though some users claimed that the ride sacrificed comfort to increase performance—they were still happy with the tire. 

Durability

Yokohama increased this tire’s lifespan and has backed that up with a 5-year / 25,000 limited warranty. 

The V601s scored highly in treadwear road tests. Users claimed that with higher-torqued vehicles, the tires struggled to get moving.  

Price

Following its performance and durability: its price-quality lives up to its intent.

According to reviews by users, the A/S price felt well-priced, and the majority of users were happy with the results for the cost.    

Recommendations & Conclusions

Recommendations

Overall, the Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 is a great Summer tire option for your sports car or a high-end sedan if you want good handling on dry pavement.  

But if you are not convinced about this tire, or any variables don’t sell you, we recommend taking a look at these tires as well:

  • Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R 
  • Bridgestone Potenza RE11
  • Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

For winter conditions, we recommend a dedicated snow tire to alternate in your seasonal lineup as the V601 is not designed for winter driving. It will not only not perform well but ruin the tire.

Conclusions

Based on our research, we concluded the Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 is one of the best max-performance summer tires around. From the data and user experiences that we have gathered, it’s suggested that this tire will perform best on dry pavement but can also hold its own in wet conditions when needed. 

We also found that Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 has a great steering response, and solid construction creates a solid, smooth, and comfortable experience behind the wheel.

Overall, the Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 outperforms most tires in its class, and on average, lasts as long as they do. But for short-term performance within its price range, it’s hard to beat. We think you will be satisfied with your ride in the Yokohama ADVAN Apex V601 and hope you have enjoyed this review.  

References

Yokohama ADVAN Sport A/S Review | TireRack.com