Nitto NT05 Review

Spirited drivers often struggle to find high-performance tires that are designed specifically for the track. If you can relate, we’re happy to tell you that your search ends today with the Nitto NT05. It’s a tire that promises an outstanding street/track performance that will have you storming at higher speeds with complete confidence. 

This Nitto NT05 review attempts to cover all you need to know about the tire, from its strengths and weaknesses to its pricing and warranty. Let’s jump right into it. 

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Nitto NT05 (Our Review)

Overall Assessment

There’s a lot to like and very little to dislike about the Nitto NT05. Let’s start with the things we like. Firstly, the tire features a unique tread compound that’s composed specifically for use on the track and street racing purposes. The tread flaunts an aggressive symmetrical design that looks very appealing and intimidating. 

The Nitto NT05 offers superior steering response as well as reliable traction on dry surfaces. When it comes to wet traction, however, the tire can use a lot of improvements, so we don’t recommend using it on wet pavement or in the snow. 

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Dry traction is further boosted with the aid of a continuous center rib and broad shoulder blocks, which also aid in improving stability. Comfort-wise, the tire can be improved but then again, this is a high-performance tire, so you shouldn’t have high expectations in this department. 

Pros:

  • Incredible performance on dry surfaces
  • Stable performance and great steering
  • Excellent cornering even at high speeds
  • High-quality tread compound construction
  • Can be used for racing and drag uses 

Cons:

  • Wet traction can use some improvements

Vehicles That Can Use the Nitto NT05 

The Nitto NT05 is designed for drivers of virtually all coupes, sedans, and sports cars. Below is a shortlist of some of the most popular tires that are compatible with the Nitto NT05.

  • Acura: TL, RSX
  • Audi: A4, TT, S4, A6 Quattro
  • BMW: M3, Z4, 525i, M5, 135i, 535i, 740i
  • Chevrolet: HHR, Camaro, Corvette
  • Dodge: Stealth, Viper, Avenger
  • Ford: Focus, Mustang
  • Lexus: GS350, SC400, GS430, IS250, 
  • Mercedes-Benz: C63 AMG, C230, CLK320, SL500, E320
  • Nissan: Maxima, 350Z, 370Z
  • Pontiac: Trans Am, Grand Am, GTO
  • Porsche: Boxster, 911

Sizes and Specs

SizesAvailable Specs
17 Inches235/40ZR17 90W BLK
255/40ZR17 XL 98W BLK
275/40ZR17 98W BLK
315/35ZR17 102W BLK
18 Inches225/40R18 XL 92W BLK
235/40R18 XL 95W BLK
245/40R18 XL 97W BLK
265/35ZR18 XL 97W BLK
275/35ZR18 XL 99W BLK
275/40ZR18 99W BLK
285/35ZR18 XL 101W BLK
295/35ZR18 99W BLK
295/45ZR18 XL 112W BLK
19 Inches225/40ZR19 XL 93W BLK
235/35ZR19 91W BLK
245/35R19 XL 93W BLK
245/40ZR19 XL 98W BLK
275/30R19 XL 96W BLK
275/35ZR19 XL 100W BLK
335/30ZR19 XL 103W BLK
20 Inches255/35ZR20 XL 97W BLK
255/45ZR20 XL 101W BLK
275/35ZR20 XL 102W BLK
275/40R20 XL 106W BLK
315/35ZR20 XL 110W BLK

Prices

The Nitto NT05 is listed at a starting price point of around $144. It’s not the most budget-friendly tire out there, but it’s possible to find special offers such as coupons, rebates, and discounts, so make sure you keep an eye out for them.

It’s important to keep in mind that the prices tend to vary from one dealer to another.

Warranty

The Nitto NT05 is backed by a limited warranty on the tread. Uniformity is warranted for the first 1/32 inch of treadwear. Workmanship and materials are warranted for a period of 5 years, with free replacements throughout the first 25% of treadwear. 

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Nitto NT05 Tire Customer Review

Carl B. says: “The Nitto NT05 is an exceptional tire, to say the least. Yes, it’s on the more expensive side, but for good reason since it offers an awesome performance on dry pavement. It’s also pretty stable and offers responsive steering. The only thing that feels lacking is good wet traction. Apart from that, this is a very well-rounded tire.”

Carl B. posted 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) review

Joseph T. says: “I’ve been using the Nitto NT05 on my Dodge Avenger for a few weeks now, and I have little to no complaints. As we all know, this isn’t the best tire when it comes to wet traction, which is my only complaint here. However, when it comes to dry traction, this tire reigns supreme. It’s also built like a tank and is very versatile.”

Joseph T. posted 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) review

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