Thursday 23 February 2017
The Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport high-performance SUV tyre has been awarded a ‘Good’ rating in the German ADAC magazine’s latest SUV summer tyre test in the size 215/65 R16 98H. The results were announced in the ADAC magazine, and in the Austrian OAMTC and Swiss TCS publications where the tyre was awarded a ‘Highly Recommended’ rating.
ADAC described the 4XS Sport as a ‘well-balanced’ tyre whilst the TCS praised its low fuel consumption and good wear results. The OAMTC commented that the tyre was good in the wet and on dry roads.
Designed for medium and large sport utility vehicle (SUV) fitments, the 4XS Sport offers outstanding grip (‘A’ grade wet grip) and handling. The 4XS Sport was developed with a new asymmetric tread pattern, which is specifically designed to cope with the weight of large SUVs.
The Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport benefited from input from Cooper brand ambassador and 13-time F1 Grand Prix winner, David Coulthard, who tested development variants of the tyre. Coulthard’s feedback provided direction for the final construction and compound selected.
Large circumferential grooves in the tread clear water quickly and efficiently from the contact patch to reduce the risk of aquaplaning, while a large central rib increases feel and driving response of the tyre.
Using a new algorithm, the tread blocks are split into different sizes to reduce harmonic noise. The edges of the individual tread blocks are also chamfered to help eliminate uneven wear and to reduce contact noise on the road.
Introduced as part of Cooper’s high performance product range, the tread pattern of the 4XS Sport features 3D sipes, which have interlocking three dimensional points inside the sipe. These 3D sipes provide the same benefits of a traditional sipe, including helping the tyre warm up and providing enhanced wet grip, but limit the amount of flex in the tread block. This helps control the amount of heat generation in dry conditions and keeps the tread block stable.
Sarah McRoberts, Cooper Tire Europe Marketing Communications Manager, said, “We are proud to receive this accolade from ADAC for the 4XS Sport, an extremely popular and versatile SUV tyre, offering customers ‘A’ grade for wet grip. Bringing together numerous advanced technologies, Cooper has developed the 4XS Sport as a leading tyre in this market segment across Europe.”