SANTA ANA, Calif. — Yokohama Tire Corp. is expanding its Advan ultra-high-performance tire line with the Fleva V701, a V and W speed-rated summer tire targeted at car owners looking to "elevate" their driving experience.
Available in the U.S. in 67 sizes covering 15- to 20-inch rim diameters, the Fleva V701 offers "superb" wet and dry braking, crisp handling and a quiet ride, Yokohama said.
The Fleva — which has been available in Asia and Europe prior to this — is positioned as a "fun to drive" tire, much like the S.drive. Among the targeted vehicles are sport coupes and sedans such as the Volkswagen GTi, Subaru WRX, etc.
According to Duane Sampson, Yokohama product marketing manager, the tire features silica-infused compound combined with tread features engineered to provide confidence in both wet and dry conditions while keeping road noise to a minimum,
- jagged circumferential grooves that resist hydroplaning for shorter stops;
- solid outside ribs that increase block stiffness for high-speed stability;
- "drop point" grooves that remove water from under the tread for lateral grip in the wet; and
- an "offset" directional tread pattern that increases stability and reduces pattern noise.
More information on the Advan Fleva V701 is at yokohamatire.com.
The Fleva is one of six Advan UHP tires available in the U.S. The others are Advan A052; Neova AD08R; Sport V105; Sport ZPS; and Sport A/S.