The Maximum Traction Silica Compound ensures excellent wet grip and therefore improves braking performance significantly. Additionally, the WinterContact™ TS 860 stays flexible at any winter weather and transfers the braking forces safely onto wet, icy and snow-covered roads.
This new sipe channel system helps to constantly reduce water on the tyres' contact surface for an improved braking performance on icy and frost-covered roads. This special drainage eliminates the danger of deteriorated braking performance caused by melting water, which supports faster braking.
The new WinterContact™ TS 860 strengthens the interlocking of the tyre with snow-covered roads via the new Snow Curve+ technology. By compressing the snow at more than 1000 spots all over the profile, it provides a better overall grip, especially while cornering.
Tyres with high wet grip performance (A or B graded) have shorter braking distances on wet roads and are, therefore, safer in the rain. As with fuel efficiency, the D grade isn’t used and there are no plans to use G.
Tyres account for up to 20% of your vehicle’s fuel consumption so, if you want to get more miles per tank of fuel, you should choose tyres with a high fuel efficiency rating. You will also lower your CO2 emissions. It comes down to rolling resistance i.e. the energy lost when a tyre is moving. The lower the rolling resistance, the less energy is lost and the lower your fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The difference between an A-rated tyre and a G-rated tyre could be as much as 6 litres per 625 miles.
This is the external noise made by the tyre and is measured in decibels. The more filled bars shown on the label, the louder the tyres.