A reliable performance 365 days a year without changing tyres – this was the aim of developing the Hankook Kinergy 4S2. The tyre compound, which has a high share of natural raw materials, guarantees high grip even at low temperatures, while the extra-wide grooves disperse water and slush efficiently to the sides. Yet even when the summer heat makes demands on the tyre, it impresses with short braking distances due to the solid block structure. The performance package of the Kinergy 4S2 is rounded off by a low rolling noise due to the zigzag pattern in the centre of the tread.
Wide lateral grooves Improved drainage performance with wide, high angled grooves.
Serrated edge groove Serrated edge design at the end of the tread block maximises the effects of the block edge and enhances winter driving performance.
Innovative compound The new generation silica compound is based on natural ingredients.
High-grip silica compound Outstanding wet grip as well as reliable grip even at low temperatures
Seamlessly reinforced belt cover Guarantees high tread rigidity
2 wide steel belt layers Ensures a long service life in combination with the stable sidewall.
Balanced carcass line made of polyester Improves the rigidity and resistance of the sidewall.
Use of special bead filler Stable handling and steering behaviour.
Extremely firm bead core Improved uniformity and a good fit on the rim.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm. This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow. Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.
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