Bridgestone is the exclusive tyre supplier for the MC20, Maserati’s new super sports car. The manufacturer has custom-engineered its Potenza tyres to meet Maserati’s demand for exceptional performance. Bridgestone is Maserati’s long-term development partner. The tyre manufacturer says it played a “significant role” in supporting the generational shift in performance over previous models of the MC20.
The new Maserati Levante will fit the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 SUV, specifically designed for SUVs and Crossovers, as OE. The close collaboration between Maserati and Goodyear continues, with the aim of developing high-performance tyres capable of meeting the demands for handling and safety of these luxury and sporty SUVs.
Up to almost 1,200 original equipment Pirelli tyres are being recalled in the USA due to concerns that cracks may develop in the tyres’ lower sidewall area. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the P Zero All Season tyres in question are size 275/40R19 101W fitments manufactured between 29 February and 29 October 2016 and fitted as original equipment on Maserati cars.
Maserati has selected Bridgestone tyres for the new Levante, the brand’s first-ever SUV. The all-wheel-drive SUV began leaving the company’s Mirafiori plant near Turin in May 2016, fitted with Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport tyres in size 255/60 R18 108W. Tyres supplied to Maserati will wear the initials ‘MGT’ on the sidewall to indicate the manufacturer’s approval of the Dueler H/P Sport as original equipment on its vehicles.
The Levante, launched at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, marks Maserati’s entry into the SUV segment. Pirelli reports on its partnership with Maserati to develop original equipment tyres specifically suited to the Levante’s performance and handling requirements; the company will supply its latest-generation P Zero tyres as standard fitments on all Levante models.
Ask Pirelli about its links with high-performance and ultra-high performance tyres and company representatives point to two things: 1) that by any definition, Pirelli exclusively makes high performance tyres. By many people’s definition Pirelli exclusively make ultra-high performance tyres that are quantitatively bigger in rim diameter than average fitments and – in the company’s opinion – qualitatively better that the competition; and 2) Pirelli’s order book is a who’s who of high-octane marques and such OE contracts demonstrate the company’s high and ultra-high performance tyre pedigree.
Maserati has homologated Continental’s ContiSportContact 5 for original equipment on its Ghibli. The Continental tyre will be supplied in eight 18 to 12-inch dimensions, and all Maserati-approved fitments will carry the letters ‘MGT’ on the sidewall. The Ghibli approval follows last year original equipment homologation for the Quattroporte.