Bridgestone has been chosen as tyre partner for the Maserati Grecale, providing flagship Potenza Sport tyres for the Italian company’s latest D-segment utility vehicle (D-UV).
Virtual tyre modelling technologies were used during the development process, which Bridgestone says enabled it to design, test and fine tune the Potenza Sport in a virtual environment, providing significant benefits in efficiency and sustainability.
As part of the partnership, Bridgestone adds that it is also providing fitments for the range-topping Trofeo and MHEV mild-hybrid versions of the Grecale, both of which are now available on the European market.
The Potenza Sport fitment for the Maserati Grecale Trofeo includes an asymmetric tread design with continuous centre ribs that are flanked by a large external shoulder. A stiffer carcass design and reinforced tyre crown structure helps to distribute pressure and maintain grip during hard cornering and braking, without compromising on comfort.
The tyre’s steering and high-speed capabilities are a match for the vehicle’s 500bhp (530 hp) V6 engine, all-wheel drive and dual-clutch transmission.
Bridgestone has also developed a new tread compound and pattern for the Grecale mild-hybrid versions of Maserati’s new D-UV.
The Bridgestone Potenza Sport tyres have been specifically designed to meet a challenging balance that includes dry handling, comfort and low rolling resistance, with a tailor-made tread pattern featuring optimised rib and void distribution, coupled with a new crown construction that helps to deliver impressive steering precision, cornering stiffness and comfort.
Bridgestone says the MHEV’s Potenza Sport’s tailor-made carcass construction has been designed to counteract the additional vehicle load of the hybrid powertrain, providing optimal performance under cornering, acceleration and braking.