The Bridgestone Duravis R002 offers ‘best-in-class performance’ in the wet, according to tests carried out by independent testers TÜV SÜD.
Equipped on the MAN TGX 26.500 in size 315/80 R 22.5, the test examined wet braking and lateral wet grip performance. It said that Bridgestone’s Duravis R002 showed significant improvement from its predecessor, the R001, and outperformed competing premium tyres.
Developed and tested in partnership with 17 fleets across 13 countries, the Duravis R002 tyres were engineered to perform year-round on a variety of road conditions. This resulted in the tyres – which are winter ready, with 3PMSF markings – receiving a best-in-class ‘A’ grade from TÜV SÜD on steer in wet grip.
And now the renowned independent testing institute, TÜV SÜD, has found the Duravis R002 also delivers best-in-class performance in wet conditions.
TÜV SÜD tests compared Bridgestone Duravis R002 alongside several competitors in this tyre segment. The Bridgestone tyre outperformed its competitors in both lateral wet grip (with a mean lateral acceleration on wet circle of 3.18 m/s2) and in wet braking – with a braking distance of just 24.9 metres.
These best-in-class performances in the wet demonstrate an additional benefit in terms of safety for all road users in rainy weather conditions.
With a wear life that has a 45 per cent improvement on its predecessor and a cost per kilometre that’s reduced by 15 per cent, Bridgestone stated its Duravis R002 tyre has been designed to help fleets lower their operational costs. The Duravis R002 also offers optimised fuel efficiency, with a B-C-B combination in steer, drive and trailer.
The Bridgestone Duravis R002 is available in 15 sizes and simplifies Bridgestone’s line-up in the versatility segment by replacing all existing products. Developed and produced in Europe, the new tyres mark a combination of a new innovative pattern concept and compound, and a newly improved manufacturing process.
Commenting on the test results was Steven De Bock, VP commercial business unit, Bridgestone EMIA said: “The Duravis R002 was engineered with modern day fleet challenges in mind. Cost and environmental pressures will always be front of mind for fleet managers, and we’re very proud to say that our tyres help to address those concerns. But safety will always be paramount – particularly in challenging road conditions. To hear that TÜV SÜD found the Duravis R002 to offer best-in-class wet performance is a great recognition for a tyre that has been designed to help fleets lower their operational costs while keeping them going and safe in challenging conditions.”