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Kumho intros KH11 high performance touring tire

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Kumho Tire USA is introducing its new high performance touring tire -- the KH11-- at the 2002 SEMA/ITE show.

The tire uses technology gained from Kumho's efforts in F3 and sports car racing and provides a unique blend of refined comfort, low noise and optimum handling, the company says.

The KH11 also features ESCOT, the company's advanced technology to promote safe and comfortable driving.

ESCOT -- which stands for Excellent & Smart Contour Optimization Theory -- sustains the performance of the tire by maintaining its shape throughout the speed range, the company says. At the same time, the tire maintains its ground contact pressure distribution to enhance tread life and braking capability and also optimizes the carcass tension to improve steering stability and comfort.

"Under normal conditions, tire performance depends on a ground contact profile and pressure distribution of the tire," says Rick Brennan, Kumho's high-performance brand manager. "ESCOT technology optimizes the ground contact profile and pressure distribution to maximize wear and braking capability."

The KH11 has three wide circumferential grooves to channel water from under the tread for hydroplaning resistance. Lateral grooves efficiently evacuate water and balance tread stiffness for improved wet traction and a smooth ride, and large outside tread blocks provide rigidity for increased cornering, says Kumho.

The tire also has a rim protector flange to protect wheels from curb rash, as well as an advanced bead profile design that provides good bump absorption at high speed.

The KH11 will be available in sizes ranging from 196/65R15 to 235/45R17, and is intended for vehicles such as the Lexus GS 430 and GS 300, Audi A8 and A6, and BMW 5- and 3-series cars, Kumho noted.

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