Hankook UHP Ventus S1 evo² tyre selected for new Audi RS 5 Coupé

Wednesday 6th September 2017 | 0 Comments

The Hankook Ventus S1 evo² with sound absorber technology will be fitted to the new Audi RS5 Coupé
The Hankook Ventus S1 evo² with sound absorber technology will be fitted to the new Audi RS5 Coupé

Hankook’s ultra-high performance flagship tyre, the Ventus S1 evo², will be fitted to the latest Audi RS5 Coupé as original equipment in 19 and 20-inch sizes. The tyre manufacturer has previously supplied the tyre to Audi’s TT RS in 2016. The RS 5 Coupé will use the newly developed V6 biturbo engine, which combines performance with greater efficiency. This suitability for everyday use is, Hankook states, reflected in the tyres, which are designed to provide sporty handling alongside driving comfort, and improved grip alongside durability.

As part of the tyre approval procedure, the road tyres had to survive ten laps of the Nordschleife at the Nürburgring in such a way that they can then drive just as safely back into the city for a shopping trip. This, the tyre manufacturer adds, demonstrates its flagship tyre’s sportiness, durability, and reliability. The DTM inspired three-layer block design, with its special staircase arrangement of the outer rib blocks, ensures an evenly gripping tyre contact area even as tyre wear progresses, thereby guaranteeing very good traction performance throughout the life of the tyre, Hankook adds.

The Ventus S1 evo² has a multiple tread radius and rayon carcass to provide improved tread contact, even if evasive action should suddenly become necessary in city traffic on wet roads or if hard braking is required on the motorway. The advanced styrene-polymer-silica mixture used for the tread compound comes into play here, optimising wet grip significantly.

Driving comfort is enhanced by Hankook’s sound absorber technology – already in use in tyres fitted to the current Audi Q7 and SQ7, significantly reducing cavity noise. This reduction of that noise typical of sporty, low aspect ratio tyres at higher speeds was a pivotal aspect and a focal point of the development work undertaken in order to provide a top performing yet pleasant driving experience. Hankook engineers adapted sound absorber – to date used on powerful large SUVs – for its passenger car flagship.

The Hankook Ventus S1 evo² is fitted in sizes 265/35 R19 98Y XL (standard) and 275/30 R20 97Y XL (optional), and is equipped with the company’s new “sound absorber” technology.

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