GT Radial SportActive 2 Size Extensions Result in 90% UHP Market Coverage

Nine new GT Radial SportActive 2 sizes have arrived in the UK which includes its first 22” rim for premium powerful SUVs alongside three recently unveiled dedicated electric vehicle (EV) tyres.

Size 275/40R22 is aimed at large premium segment vehicles such as the Audi RSQ8, BMW X7 and Range Rover Sport while 275/45R21, 255/50R20, 235/50R19, one of the biggest sellers in Europe, and 255/60R18 develop the pattern’s 4×4, CUV and SUV coverage.

The recently launched AAA-rated GT Radial SportActive 2 EV is now available in sizes 255/45R20 and235/55R19 to cover the largest selling EV models from Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, VW and Volvo to name a few, while 235/45R18 is aimed primarily at the Tesla Model 3.

Designed and engineered at Giti Tire’s European Research & Development Centre in Hannover, Germany using their extensive OE experience, the tyre features a brand new ULRR compound that delivers up to 15% lower rolling resistance compared to the standard UHP product.

A revised design of the tyre’s construction has brought a 4% reduction in weight while still delivering precision control with superb wet and dry grip, long lasting mileage and a confident, fun driving experience.

Completing the line-up for the GT Radial SportActive 2 sizes 235/45R18, 215/45R17 and 205/45R17have seen their speed rating upgraded to a Y, while 245/35R18 is a first-time offering aimed at cars suchas the Audi TT, BMW 2 Series, Hyundai iX20, several midsize Mercedes and the 1990s Audi RS2.

The tyre is now available in 58 passenger car and SUV sizes in total which gives 90% coverage in the UHP market. Rims range from 16-22”, section widths from 195-295, series sizes from 35-60 and speed indices from V-Y.

Across all sizes the tyre has maintained its A label for wet grip with B-D for rolling resistance. The noise level also remains at 69db.

Brian McDermott, Country Manager UK for Giti Tire, said: “We are continuously working on improving our UHP range for the UK market, ensuring that we keep a close match between our product offering and our customers’ needs.

Fabio Pecci-Boriani, Senior Product Manager PCR, SUV, Light Truck for Giti Tire (Europe), continued: Adding our very first 22” GT Radial summer size, combined with specific EV tyres and more specialist sizes, is all part of our longterm strategy to become the brand choice in the mid-market segment. And we are not finished, expect more EV and special sizes next year.

Micheldever Tyre Services is the exclusive distributor of GT Radial in the UK.