For the fourth consecutive year, a Falken summer tyre has achieved the accolade of ‘exemplary’ in the Auto Bild Summer Tyres Test. This year, Falken’s premium model in the ultra-high performance segment, the AZENIS FK510, again achieved a place among the top ten of the summer tyres tested, finishing in seventh. A total of 50 summer treads were tested in the dimension 245/45R18 100Y on a BMW 5 Series.
“Summer treads with stable and secure handling qualities, short wet braking distances, a quiet noise when driving by, high mileage and a very good price-performance ratio” are the strengths attributed to the Falken AZENIS FK510 by the independent testers.
Only the top 20 performing tyre models participated in the main test. To qualify, the tyres were subjected to a brake test on wet and dry surfaces. At starting speeds of 100km/h (dry) and 80km/h (wet), the Falken tyre qualified for the main test with a braking distance of 30.7m on a wet road and 36m on a dry road.
Here, the Falken tyre was able to add to its success: with a mileage price of EUR 11.90 per 1,000 kilometres, the tyre achieved first place among the finalists. The AZENIS FK510 achieved second place in the mileage section. With 39,063 calculated kilometres, the tyre is less than 6,000km behind the first-placed tyre in this section.
The results in the aquaplaning and curve aquaplaning tests demonstrate that safety is not compromised in tyres with an outstanding price-performance ratio. With an aquaplaning speed of 95.5km/h and a lateral acceleration of 3.66m/s2, the Falken AZENIS FK510 achieved a top-ten position in this section. Additionally, with a braking distance of 48m from a speed of 100km/h, the Falken tyre also achieved a place within the top ten in this test.
“We are very proud to have achieved the ‘Exemplary’ rating in this renowned test,” says Andreas Giese, Senior Manager Corporate Planning and Product Planning at Falken Tyre Europe GmbH. “The results in the other sections, such as lateral guidance and handling, are also very good. Here, we have shown once again that with the quality of our tyres we can very much hold our own in the premium segment.”
The Falken AZENIS FK510 has been on the market since 2016 and is now available in 93 sizes, 17 to 22 inches, series 25-55. It has the speed symbol W and Y or (Y), which means that the tyres have been approved for speeds of up to 300km/h or > 300km/h.