Hankook Tire announced it was selected as the original equipment supplier for the Audi Q8.
Hankook tire lines Ventus and Winter i*cept in the SUV version as well as Dynapro are fitted as original equipment to Audi’s flagship SUV. While the Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV and Winter i*cept evo 2 SUV models are primarily intended for use on European roads, the Dynapro HP 2 Plus is predestined for the North American market.
Three Hankook tire lines are used for the four-door SUV Coupé: the ultra-high performance summer and winter treads Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV and Winter i*cept evo 2 SUV respectively in 285/45 R21 113 Y XL and V XL and the Dynapro HP 2 Plus in the sizes 275/50 R20 113H X, 285/45 R21 113H XL and 285/40 R22 110H XL. Further dimensions will follow.
“We are very pleased that our products have again been selected for a new Audi model,” explains Hyunjun Cho, Head of OE Division. “Even as a long-standing supplier to Audi, it is an honor to have been named original equipment supplier for the top-model of the Q-Series. In addition, we are proud that we will supply the full range of our treads for the Q8 to various markets”.
The Hankook tires provide particular support for agile handling when driving dynamically: “The central requirement in the course of the development was the tire design. Because of the generally higher vehicle loads with large SUVs and the resulting load index to be fulfilled in combination with the possible high speeds, the durability of the tire design was of course particularly important. In addition, we paid special attention to the required vehicle attributes in both wet and dry conditions,” explains Moonhwa Hong, Vice President of OE Development Department.