Hankook’s brand new winter tyre, the i*cept RS² has already passed its first test with flying colours. The specialist tyre for city, compact and medium-sized cars was tested in an independent supertest by Auto Bild, Europe’s highest circulation car magazine and was crowned “Auto Bild Eco-Master 2015” amongst 50 brands.
In addition to a powerful performance in the safety-related criteria of snow, wet and dry road conditions, the i*cept RS² stood out against its competitors on account of the very low and thus fuel-saving rolling resistance, as well as achieving high mileage alongside the resulting outstanding price-performance ratio. The new Hankook Winter i*cept RS² is currently available in the market in all standard sizes from 14 to 17 inches.
Alongside the necessary performance in all safety-related criteria, the latest generation of winter tyres from the premium manufacturer Hankook is also extremely economical. The new i*cept RS² was able to expel competition particularly in the aspects of environment and sustainability in an independent test of winter tyres carried out by Europe’s largest car magazine Auto Bild. Subsequently Hankook’s Winter i*cept RS2 was awarded the title “Eco-Master 2015”, where a full report can be found in Auto Bild issue no. 40 dated 2 October 2015.”, 50 patterns of all makes, tested in size 185/60 R 15 T on a VW Polo).
“Aspects such as fuel efficiency and the sparing handling of resources are becoming increasingly important for tyre buyers, too,” explained Tony Lee, Hankook’s Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Europe. “Our newly developed winter tyre shows that these days modern, high-performance winter tyres can also meet customers’ requirements in terms of sustainability and environmental compatibility. We are extremely pleased with the independent test result and the Auto Bild Eco-Master 2015 award for our new i*cept RS²”.
The i*cept RS² was designed to provide a balanced performance in weather conditions typical for winter months in western and central Europe. It is equipped with a highly dispersible nano-silica tread compound combined with an innovative styrene-butadiene rubber which ensures the tread remains elastic even at low temperatures. The resulting maximisation of the contact area of the tyre with the surface ensures outstanding traction and braking performances, particularly in the cool and wet conditions typical of late autumn. With an increased capacity of the directional tyre designed with Hankook’s aqua slant technology the result is a particularly efficient interaction between the longitudinal and lateral tread grooves which dissipates both water and slush more effectively. The number of blocks in the directional V-shaped tread pattern of the Hankook Winter i*cept RS² has been increased by 28 percent compared to its predecessor and in conjunction to this increase the block edge length has also been enlarged providing improved snow traction.
Special ice sipes and three-dimensional claw-like block edges ensure improved handling and cornering abilities on snow-covered roads whilst promoting traction performance on snow. The 3D sipes across the whole tread width increases traction and braking performance on smooth surfaces whilst improving driving and lateral stability on all road conditions during cold seasons. They also improve driving and lateral stability on all road conditions which occur during cold seasons by optimising the general handling performance through maximised edge effects and minimising inner block movements, which also have a positive effect on the tyre’s wear.
Further improvements to the structure of the i*cept RS2 have resulted in an even load distribution and a footprint increase of up to 5% compared to conventional products which has further enhanced the braking performance on both wet and dry roads. The stiffer sidewall and bead area of the tyre ensures more direct steering reactions and improved steering feedback and a more precise lateral stability on dry roads as well.
The new i*cept RS² is available for small city vehicles through to compact and medium-size cars and vans. Developed especially for the climatic conditions prevailing in central and western Europe in winter, the i*cept RS2 is currently available on the market in 19 sizes from 165/70 R 14 to 225/45 R 17 in speed ratings T and H.
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