Not just off-road: Toyo's performance 4×4 tyre range
During the last year Toyo Tires held onto the title of fastest ‘SUV in the world’ using the Proxes S/T’s on SPORTEC’s modified Porsche Cayenne Turbo at Germany’s high speed Oval course, the ATP. The Proxes S/T range was specifically selected for its ability to deliver a powerful combination of superb handling, confident performance and smooth assured stability. And according to the Japanese tyre manufacture, this is just one example of how Toyo Tires recognises that not all off road vehicles are driven by off-road enthusiasts. It also helps to explain why the company offers a range of tyres to suit all 4x4s.
“Whether you want an on-road sporty tyre on your SUV or 4×4 that rarely venture away from the tarmac, whether you’re are a true off-roader who loves to tear around the muddy terrains, or a enjoy a bit of both, Toyo Tires will have the product to suit you and your needs,” company representatives told Tyres & Accessories, giving a run down of the current line up as they went.
The Proxes T1 Sport SUV is the newest addition to the Proxes family. Aimed at SUVs, with excellent highway speed stability and precise handling on wet or dry roads, this tyre aims to answer the need for an UHP tyre for executive SUVs and as such is available in 17 to 20-inch sizes. When it was in a tyre test conducted by German magazine “Auto Motor & Sport”, the Proxes T1 Sport SUV received a “recommendation” grade.
The Proxes S/T has been developed to offer a high speed rated solution. According to the company, it provides “a secure and stable ride on wet or dry roads.” The tyre’s dynamics were ably demonstrated when it broke its own record at a shattering 191.65mph on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Sizes range from 16 up to a massive 23-inches.
Bringing things back towards normality and ultimately towards the off-road image most commonly associated with 4x4s, the Open Country H/T (Highway Terrain) has primary been designed as a road tyre. This tyre has a stylish tread appearance, offers a quiet, comfortable ride and has a long tyre wear life that grips the road securely. The Highway Terrain is available in sizes ranging from 15 to 22 inches.
The Open Country also comes in A/T (All Terrain), W/T (Winter Terrain), and M/T (Mud Terrain) variants which are available in 14 to 24-inch, 15 to 20-inch and 15 to 17-inch sizes respectively.
In addition to its range of replacement products, Toyo also produces a number of products that have been successful in becoming OE fitments on well-known vehicles. For example, the Tranpath A11 is an exclusive design used as standard equipment on the LexusRX300. Meanwhile the Tranpath TAA14/11 is available specifically for the Toyota Rav4 and the Nissan X-Trail. And finally the Open Country A20A is original equipment for the Nissan X-Trail 215/55R18 95H. According to Toyo this last product provides “a highly comfortable ride with low noise levels and low fuel consumption” and also has “excellent snow performance and great braking ability.”