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Pirelli gets 78 OE approvals for BMW 8 Series

The latest technical collaboration between Pirelli and BMW Group is driven by the goal of achieving the highest levels of performance and safety.

A total of 78 original equipment homologations have been tailor-made for the latest versions of the BMW 8 Series Coupe, Gran Coupe, and Cabrio: including the M Sport models.

These top of the range 8 Series cars will use bespoke Pirelli P Zero and Cinturato P7 tyres from 18 to 20 inches, specifically developed to unleash the maximum performance on the road and engineered to provide safety, control, and handling.

The tyres were created in line with Pirelli’s ‘perfect fit’ philosophy and homologated as original equipment for the BMW Group’s luxury grand touring range, allowing occupants to benefit from maximum on-board comfort and appreciate the car’s full performance in every situation.

These tyres deliver excellent wet braking performance with low rolling resistance, which reduces harmful emissions to support sustainability, and are marked with a star that distinguishes tyres developed by Pirelli’s engineers to meet the BMW Group’s performance requirements.

They are also equipped with Run Flat technology, which allows drivers to continue their journeys even after a puncture or tyre pressure loss, for 80 km at a speed of 80 km/h.

Specialised tests carried out on Pirelli’s new P Zero tyres highlight excellent handling in both wet and dry conditions, as well as good balance and precise steering response with exemplary feedback.

Furthermore, it showed reduced wet and dry braking distances and a solid margin of safety against hydroplaning. When it came to sporting performance, the Pirelli P Zero demonstrated excellent driveability in both dry and wet conditions, as evidenced by lap times over a circuit.

These results were also seen with the tyres homologated for the BMW Group’s well-known high-performance M series cars.

The Cinturato P7 is designed to increase safety by providing the driver with excellent control both in dry and wet conditions in terms of handling, braking and reducing aquaplaning. Added to this is an excellent level of acoustic comfort (with less road noise) and ride comfort (thanks to a greater ability to soak up bumps in the road) allied to outstanding durability and rolling resistance, which leads to reduced fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions.

Pirelli’s tyre homologations for the BMW 8 Series – in all its different variants – are characterised by a complete offering for both summer and winter. For winter, Pirelli has developed specific Sottozero 3 and P Zero Winter tyres dedicated to the BMW 8 Series.