Kenda USA introduced its Vezda UHP A/S tire at the 2016 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show in Las Vegas. This is the company's first entry in the ultra-high performance all-season segment.
The tire's special silica compound combines summer levels of wet and dry performance. "It also is capable of driving in light snow conditions," says Dan Shavers, chief engineer, tire engineering development.
The tire features the following:
* 3D siping for good snow traction while maximizing dry handling performance;
* four large circumferential grooves that provide "great hydroplaning and wet traction performance," according to the company;
* a low void outside tread portion designed to maximize high performance dry handling and traction performance;
* a high void inside tread portion designed to provide great wet handling and traction performance.
The tire is available in 43 W- and Y-rated sizes: four 16-inch, 14 17-inch, 12 18-inch, seven 19-inch and six 20-inch. It was developed at the company's new Kenda American Technical Center in Green, Ohio.
The SEMA Show and the Global Tire Expo began on Nov. 1 in Las Vegas. They will run through Nov. 4.