The latest BMW X5 to be fitted with General Tire Grabber AT3, delivering strong off-road grip and safe on-road handling
The General Tire brand is to supply tires for the latest BMW X5. The all-terrain Grabber AT3 has been recommended in size 275/45 R20 110V XL on the Bavarian automakers latest X range model.
The BMW X5 is the trailblazer of off-road vehicles that combine luxury and performance, so a great deal is expected of its tires: The Grabber AT3 features three innovative technologies from General Tire that allow for robust performance both on and off-road, enhanced acoustic performance and improved mileage providing maximum grip on stony, sandy and muddy ground at the same time.
“For the General Tire brand this recognition by one of the leading European 4×4 vehicle manufacturers is a special seal of quality,” says Matthias Bartz, General Tire Business Development Manager for the EMEA Region. “BMW invariably sets the bar high in terms of the requirements of the tires in both the original equipment and replacement sectors.
Our tyres are approved for speeds of up to 240 km/h and as an all-season tyre, the Grabber AT3 bears the M+S mark and the snowflake symbol to signify safe handling on snow-covered surfaces”
The technologies consist of “TracGen”, which includes an open shoulder design, traction ridges which the developers call “traction pockets and sipes arranged at different angles to enhance grip properties
“DuraGen”, is a rubber compound that provides excellent rip resistance and improves mileage in rough terrain. This combination of design features boost the self-cleaning properties of the tread, permits good interlocking with loose surfaces and provides a large number of edges to deliver grip in every direction
And finally “ComfortBalance” successfully overcomes the conflicting interests of ride comfort on road and good off-road grip. The balanced block geometry of the tread with low stiffness and the specially modified arrangement of the blocks in the center of the tread reduce vibration in the tyre.
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