Hankook is expanding its original equipment business at Audi AG in the powerful RS model segment.
In addition to further Audi RS models, the Audi RS 6 Avant and Audi RS 7 Sportback will also be delivered with Hankook tyres ex works from their market launch in 2020.
The Ventus S1 evo 3 models and Winter i*cept evo 2, each in 21 or 22 inches, will be fitted.
“Audi RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback combine impressive driving performance with suitability for everyday use,” says Sanghoon Lee, president of Hankook Tire Europe. “The same can be said about our premium tyres. As a long-standing partner, we already equip many high-performance Audi models and are very proud that our products have once again managed to impress Audi Sport GmbH.”
The Ventus S1 evo 3 is equipped with a high-strength bead core which, in combination with the reinforced sidewall, ensures not only sporty and dynamic handling but also driving control, straight-line stability and steering precision, especially at high speeds.
In addition, the double-layer carcass and the use of a special aramid composite material reduce the undesired expansion of the rolling circumference at speeds above 300 km/h by up to 60 per cent compared to previously used fabrics. The new tread compound, which uses high-performance natural resins, ensures the necessary grip with excellent traction and braking performance on both dry and wet roads.
Reducing a higher level of interior noise, typical of low-profile sports tyres at certain speed, was another central aspect during the development work, which aimed to provide a powerful yet comfortable driving experience.
The award-winning Hankook Winter i*cept evo 2 with asymmetric tread is supplied as an optional winter tyre for both Audi RS models. The outer side of the tread with its wide block tread pattern ensures improved handling characteristics and precise lateral stability especially in dry conditions, while the inner side of the tread with an increased number of tread block edges and sipes ensures excellent braking and traction performance on snow, slush and wet roads.