At its dealer meeting last October, Falken Tire Corp. gave some of its dealers a sneak peek at four new tires. Five months later, they are ready to be launched.
The company, which has been renamed Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. since Jan. 1, 2016, is in the middle of a weeks-long ride-and-drive in Phoenix, Ariz., for tire dealers across the country. The four tires being introduced are: WildPeak A/T3W, WildPeak M/T, Sincera SN250 A/S (a performance touring tire) and Azenis FK450 A/S (an ultra-high performance all-season tire).
The original story ("Falken Rolls Out 4 New Tires; 8 More to Come") broke Oct. 27 during the World Series (Falken is the official tire of Major League Baseball).
Here is the first of four additional reports on the tires by MTD Editor Bob Ulrich, starting with the Falken Wildpeak A/T3W, an all-terrain tire engineered "for adventure, any time and in any weather," according to Sumitomo. It follows the Wildpeak A/T01 and A/T02, although it is not a "next generation tire," which is why it is not named A/T03. It is a whole new animal.
Thanks to an optimized tread design and a silica tread compound, the A/T3W "excells in three areas: wear, winter and wet performance." The tire also features the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol.
The Wildpeak A/T3W is available in 54 LT and P-metric sizes.
30x9.50R15LT 104S 31x10.50R15LT 109S
32x11.50R15LT 113R 33x12.50R15LT 108R
35x12.50R15LT 113R 235/75R15 XL 109T
LT225/75R16 115/112S 235/70R16 XL 109T
LT235/85R16 120/116S P245/75R16 XL 112T
LT245/75R16 120/116S 255/70R16 XL 115T
265/70R16 112T 265/75R16 116T
LT265/75R16 123/120S LT285/75R16 126/123R
LT305/70R16 124/121R LT315/75R16 127/124R
35x12.50R17LT 121R 235/75R17 109T
LT235/80R17 120/117R 245/65R17 111T
245/70R17 XL 114T LT245/70R17 119/116S
245/75R17 112T LT245/75R17 121/118S
255/65R17 XL 114T 255/70R17 112T
265/65R17 XL 116T 265/70R17 115T
LT265/70R17 121/118S P285/70R17 117T
LT285/70R17 121/118S LT285/75R17 121/118S
255/70R18 113T 265/60R18 XL 114T
265/65R18 114T 265/70R18 116T
LT265/70R18 124/121S 275/65R18 116T
LT275/65R18 123/120S LT275/70R18 125/122S
LT285/65R18 125/122S LT305/65R18 124/121R
35x12.50R20LT 121R LT265/60R20 121/118S
275/55R20XL 117T 275/60R20 115T
LT275/65R20 126/123S LT285/55R20 122/119T
LT305/55R20 121/118S LT325/60R20 126/123S
All the sizes are backed by a 55,000-mile limited treadwear warranty.