Lexus chooses Bridgestone Turanza ER33 run-flats for luxury hybrid
Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC (BFNT) reports Bridgestone brand Turanza ER33 RFT run-flat tires in size 245/40ZR18 are optional equipment on the 2007 Lexus GS 450h hybrid.
The company is the sole supplier of optional 18-inch run-flat tires for the vehicle, a luxury hybrid sport sedan. The Lexus GS 450h was first available at Lexus dealerships beginning in June.
“Just as Lexus is advancing hybrid sedan technology, Bridgestone has been a pioneer in developing, producing and testing run-flat tires for more than 20 years,” said Michael Martini, president, original equipment consumer tire, BFNT. “Our Turanza ER33 RFT tire on the Lexus GS 450h sedan represents an exciting convergence of these consumer-friendly and environmentally conscious technologies.”
The Bridgestone Turanza ER33 RFT, a member of the Bridgestone Turanza OE touring tire family, features a summer tread pattern and blends high performance characteristics with touring ride comfort.
The tire allows drivers to travel up to 50 miles at 50 mph after a loss of air. The use of a run-flat tire also eliminates the need for carrying a spare tire, freeing up extra trunk space and reducing vehicle weight for better fuel efficiency.