Falken flagship UHP tyre, Azenis FK510, to expand to SUV sizes in 2017

Wednesday 9th November 2016 | 0 Comments

 
The Falken Azenis FK510 size range has been expanded with 19 dimensions of the new SUV variant
The Falken Azenis FK510 size range has been expanded with 19 dimensions of the new SUV variant

Falken will expand its ultra-high performance (UHP) flagship tyre, the Azenis FK510, to include SUV tyre sizes in 2017. The Sumitomo Rubber Industries global brand states that the new additions reflect the growth of the SUV market and continues the tyre manufacturer’s strategy of supplying an extensive range of products in profitable and high-growth segments. Starting in January 2017, the Azenis FK510 SUV will be available in 19 sizes ranging from 17 to 22 inches and will come with a speed rating of W or Y.

The Azenis FK510 SUV will have a new casing design to promote precise handling, especially in cases of sudden load shifts while driving. The more circular casing profile increases the flexibility of the side wall, which results in a high degree of driving comfort and more balanced overall driving characteristics, Falken states. Similar to the car model, the Azenis FK510 SUV has ‘blade sipes’ to reduce instances of aquaplaning. Several small incisions in the tread bar optimises the contact area of the tyre when steering and allows more efficient penetration of standing water on the road.

Also like the model for cars, the Azenis FK510 SUV is equipped with Adaptive Constant Pressure (ACP) technology, and has a tyre tread that maximises consistent pressure distribution across the contact patch. The ACP tread increases braking performance, directional stability and overall driving dynamics.

In addition to its braking properties on wet surfaces, the Azenis FK510 SUV is also characterised by long service life. Thanks to 4D Nano Design Technology, Falken engineers were able to develop an innovative rubber compound for the FK510, which provides improved wear life in addition to enhanced grip.

“The Azenis FK510 SUV provides everything for the modern SUV driver with a high standard of driving dynamics, very short braking distances and very good aquaplaning characteristics,” says Andreas Giese, manager product planning at Falken Tyre Europe. “We are confident that the tyre will be well-received among SUV drivers, just like the model for cars was well-received by drivers.”

Since its introduction in March 2016, the Azenis FK510 has received the ‘Highly Recommended’ rating in the 06/2016 issue of German car magazine Autozeitung, while the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTÜ) also called the tyre ‘Highly Recommended’.

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