SEOUL, South Korea — German car maker Audi G.m.b.H. has selected three Hankook tires — two summer and one winter — as original equipment fitments for the Audi Q8 four-door SUV Coupe.
Audi has spec'd the Hankook's Dynapro HP 2 Plus — in sizes 275/50 R20 113H X, 285/45 R21 113H XL and 285/40 R22 110H XL — for models sold in North America, and the ultra-high-performance summer and winter tread Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV and Winter i*cept evo 2 SUV, respectively — in sizes 285/45 R21 113 Y XL and V XL, for models sold in Europe.
The redesigned Q8 is considered the new face of Audi's Q family of SUVs, the German car maker said. Its "brawny" radiator grille stands upright and, together with the spoiler that has been drawn toward the front and the large, highly contoured air inlets, emphasizes the selfconfident look.
Numerous styling details echo the design of the original Audi quattro all-wheel drive models.
"We are very pleased that our products have again been selected for a new Audi model," said Hyunjun Cho, head of Hankook’s OE Division.
"Even as a long-standing supplier to Audi, it is an honor to have been named original equipment supplier for the top-model of the Q-Series. In addition, we are proud that we will supply the full range of our treads for the Q8 to various markets.
“The Hankook tires provide particular support for agile handling when driving dynamically,” said Moonhwa Hong, vice president of Hankook’s OE development department.
“The central requirement in the course of the development was the tire design. Because of the generally higher vehicle loads with large SUVs and the resulting load index to be fulfilled in combination with the possible high speeds, the durability of the tire design was of course particularly important. In addition, we paid special attention to the required vehicle attributes in both wet and dry conditions."
For U.S. markets, the Dynapro HP2 is Hankook’s light SUV (and light truck/crossover) touring all-season tire. Designed to combine excellent ride comfort, long tread wear and low rolling resistance to promote vehicle fuel economy, the Dynapro HP2 tire also delivers all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, according to the company.
While the Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV and Winter i*cept evo 2 SUV models will be initially released for European markets, they will be launched in the U.S. early 2020.