Hankook Tire North America has launched the new Ventus S1 AS, an ultra-high performance all-season tire that is "ideal for drivers seeking high performance across all weather conditions year-round."
Available now in 75 sizes, the Hankook Ventus S1 AS fits rims ranging from 16 inches to 22 inches in diameter. It is available in a Y-speed rating "on select models making it ideal for performance cars, sports sedans and luxury cars, as well as popular CUVs and SUVs," according to Hankook officials.
"The ultra-high performance all-season segment is becoming one of the most innovative and exciting markets in the industry," says Curtis Brison, president of Hankook Tire North America.
"The Ventus S1 AS showcases the level at which Hankook can engineer a single tire to perform across a variety of seasonal road conditions and satisfy high performance driving benchmarks."
The tire - which is manufactured at Hankook's Clarksville, Tenn., plant - features an asymmetric tread pattern, including an interior, lateral groove design "that is 3% larger than conventional products," say Hankook officials.
It also boasts a wider, stiffer tread block arrangement at the outside edge of the tire for enhanced steering response, lateral stability and dry handling; "applied shoulder chamber technology" to maintain "uniform grounding in dry conditions;" a flexible compound structure; an "innovative, four-season, high performance compound;" and more.
"The Ventus S1 AS was thoughtfully developed for the performance-loving customer that wants to maximize their driving experience in any weather," says Kijong Kil, Hankook vice president of RE development.
The tire comes with a 50,000-miles limited warranty.