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Mercedes-Benz C-Class to roll on Pirelli

Mercedes-Benz has approved both of Pirelli’s Cinturato P7 and P Zero tyres for original equipment fitment on the new C-Class.

This new model from Mercedes-Benz is available with both rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, and benefits from a bespoke version of the Cinturato P7, launched last year, and the P Zero: true to Pirelli’s ‘Perfect Fit’ philosophy.

The Cinturato P7 tyres for the new Mercedes-Benz C class are available with the self-supporting run flat option to mitigate punctures.

This system guarantees safety without compromising enjoyment, by keeping the car stable even in the event of a puncture. Thanks to this system, cars can keep driving safely for 80km at a maximum speed of 80km/h.

Pirelli says its latest Cinturato P7 delivers excellent performance in the dry and beats the previous Cinturato P7 in the wet in terms of aquaplaning and especially under braking, where it takes up to four fewer metres to stop from 100km/h.

The innovations introduced by Pirelli’s engineers also improve acoustic comfort, thanks to less cabin noise, as well ride comfort – with the tyre better able to absorb bumps in the road. Total tyre life goes up by six per cent, according to Pirelli, meaning that the tyres don’t have to be changed as often.

Underlining the efficiency of the new tyre, rolling resistance goes down a class on average (-12%), reducing fuel consumption on the car by four per cent (as measured on the WLTP cycle) as well as carbon emissions.

The innovations on the new-generation P7 start off with the tread pattern, benefitting from “mechanical intelligence”, which features silica and specific resins that increase grip as well as special polymers: synthetic elastic materials that are chemically modified to improve their interaction with the actual silica.

This new compound, thanks to an improved distribution of the silica particles themselves and better interaction between them, means that the tyre can alter its behaviour depending on driving conditions and temperature, giving the driver a very wide working window of performance.

Pirelli claims the P Zero designed for the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class delivers excellent handling in both the dry and the wet, perfect balance, precise response to steering inputs, reduced wet and dry braking distances, and decent protection against aquaplaning.

The P Zero is synonymous with sporting performance, characterised by advanced technology derived from Pirelli’s long experience in motorsport. P Zero tyres are selected by more than 50 per cent of the global prestige market.

In certain sizes, the P Zero is available with PNCS technology, which reduces the noise on the inside of the car from the interaction between the road surface and the tyre.