In addition to the Audi TT RS and the RS 5 Coupé, Hankook is now also providing original fitment tires for the new Audi RS 4 Avant. Permanent all-wheel drive in combination with 19 or 20 inch tires on all wheels guarantees the necessary traction and power required for accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. The first vehicles were delivered at the beginning of the year and are hitting the road fitted with 265/35 R 19 98Y XL (standard) or 275/30 R 20 97Y XL (optional) tires on all wheels, including Hankook Ventus S1 evo² with noise-absorbing “sound absorber®” technology.
During the approval process, Hankook’s flagship tire was able to demonstrate not only its sportiness, but its durability, comfort and safety too. Short braking distances and an above-average performance in the wet were achieved through the advanced styrene-polymer-silica mixture used for the tread. In addition, the multiple tread radius technology and lightweight rayon carcass always guarantee optimum tread contact for best possible contact with the road during operation. Moreover, the innovative DTM inspired 3-layer block design with its special staircase arrangement of the outer rib blocks thus ensures consistently high grip even as tyre wear progresses, thereby guaranteeing very good traction and braking performance throughout the entire lifetime of the tyre.
Interior noise comfort in particular is further enhanced by Hankook’s own “sound absorber” technology. This Hankook technology is already being used in the original fitment tyres for the Audi SQ7 and RS 5 Coupé models. The reduction of the loud cavity noise typical of sporty, low aspect ratio tyres at higher speeds was a pivotal aspect and a focal point of the development work to provide a top performing yet pleasant driving experience. The Hankook engineers adapted the company’s own silent tyre technology “sound absorber” used on powerful, large SUVs to date to their passenger car flagship model, the Ventus S1 evo².