Tire makers recently have introduced the following performance tires: BFGoodrich
Sport Truck T/A HR4: light truck, all-season performance radial.
Features: H speed rating; M&S rating; three-ply polyester carcass with two full-width steel belts; spliceless cap ply; large circumferential tread grooves enhance wet traction.
Sizes: seven LT-metric sizes, LT245/65R15 to LT345/55R17, all load range C with black sidewall styling; raised-white-letter versions to be introduced in the third quarter.
The T/A HR4 fills light truck wheel wells for a custom appearance without slams or lifts, the company said.
Ventus K102: passenger, high-performance radial.
Features: V or W speed rating; trapezoidal profile technology to improve ride comfort; silica tread compound for reduced noise and rolling resistance while improving handling, braking, treadlife wet grip and cold-weather performance; tread designed with V-shaped lateral grooves and wide, straight main grooves to enhance handling and fuel efficiency.
Sizes: 35 40-, 45-, 50- and 55-series sizes to fit 14- to 17-inch rims.
NS-1: passenger, performance radial.
Features: H speed rating with the look of a V- or Z-rated tire; directional tread pattern for high-speed traction and stability, with a straight center groove to improve wet-weather handling; wider footprint enhances steering response.
Sizes: eight 40- and 45-series sizes for 17-inch rims.
XT-120 Z: passenger, high-performance radial.
Features: V or W speed rating; combines high levels of dry traction and handling response with a stylish, ultra-high-performance appearance; targeted at owners of Japanese and European sport compact cars.
Sizes: eight 40- to 55-series sizes for 15- to 18-inch rims; five more sizes to debut in May.
AVID S/T: light truck/passenger, all-season performance radial.
Features: designed as a performance upgrade for light trucks, full-size vans and ``muscle'' cars; many sizes carry T speed rating; wide center tread area provides large contact patch for improved stability and steering response; 20-degree V-groove tread design enhances drainage while reducing noise; outline-white-letter and black sidewall options.
Sizes: 15 60- and 70-series P-metric sizes for 14- and 15-inch rims, plus P215/65R15 and P295/50R15.