Bridgestone’s latest tyre, the snappily named Turanza T005, promises to deliver outstanding wet performance and fuel economy, while also being amongst the longer lasting tyres on the market.
A touring tyre rather than an outright high-performance model, the Turanza T005 arrives at tyre dealers this month and will cover most of the replacement tyre market. By 2019 Bridgestone will provide the tyre in more than 140 sizes, fitting wheels from 14- to 21-inches. The tyre will also be fitted to some new cars direct from the factory, including the new Lexus LS.
Impressively, the Turanza T005 offers drivers best-in-class A-grade wet grip and at least B-grade rolling resistance – some sizes improve that to an A grade. The wet lateral grip and wet braking performance has been tested and certified by TÜV SÜD, one of Europe’s most respected independent automotive testing institutes.
Bridgestone engineers put together a premium wet package of materials and tread design. The dense siping in the blocks and void distribution in the centre section of the tread help to produce highly efficient water drainage, while NanoPro-Tech polymer is mixed in the high-silica-content compound to help maximise wear, wet grip and fuel efficiency.
The result is a tyre that lasts 10% longer than the brand’s current EVO3 tyre, while significantly improving wet cornering and wet braking, dry braking and rolling resistance.
“The new Turanza T005 premium touring tyre is a core product in the Bridgestone portfolio with significantly high demand coverage,” commented Jakob Ronsholt, Bridgestone’s Products and Solutions Strategy MD. “No chances were taken in its development: we analysed consumer needs very carefully and then produced a tyre that meets these expectations. Bridgestone Turanza T005 puts drivers in control, especially in the wet.”