Electric BMW iX3 approves Yokohama Advan Sport V107
Yokohama is supplying its Advan Sport V107 tyres to BMW for the manufacturer’s new iX3. The German marque’s first sports activity vehicle (SAV) with an all-electric-drive system uses three sizes of the Advan Sport V107 on the new electric SAV: 245/50R19 105W, 245/45R20 103W, and 275/40R20 106W. Yokohama began shipping the tyres to the BMW Group in September 2020.
The Advan Sport V107 is Yokohama’s “ultimate high-performance tyre”. The version supplied for the BMW iX3 was jointly developed with the BMW Group. They feature a special compound designed to reduce tyre heat generation, reducing the tyres’ rolling resistance – a key performance criterion for electric vehicles. As a result, the tyres have been assigned the EU label’s highest A grade for fuel economy.
In response to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s regulation on vehicle noise emissions (UN-ECE R51-03), the tyre is developed for low noise. The Advan Sport V107 has a profile and tread pattern designed to achieve more uniform road contact pressure, which contributes to lower noise emission when the vehicle is accelerating. They also complement the electric iX3’s far lower engine noise.
Developed in consideration of their environmental impact as well as driving performance, the Advan Sport V107 is therefore an appropriate tyre for BMW’s first EV SAV. The tyres accordingly feature the German automaker’s star mark symbol of approval on their sidewall.
The consumer tyre business in Yokohama Rubber’s new three-year (2021–2023) medium-term management plan, Yokohama Transformation 2023 (YX2023), aims to maximise the sales ratios of high-value-added Yokohama tyres, namely the global flagship Advan brand, the Geolandar brand of tyres for SUVs and pickup trucks, and various winter tyres. One of the key initiatives being implemented under this strategy is the expansion of Advan and Geolandar tyres as original equipment on new cars.