High-performance tire developed for new BMW M8

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Pirelli has developed a bespoke version of its P Zero tire for the new BMW M8. It is tuned especially to the chassis and performance characteristics of the M8 variants, which the BMW Group offers as a coupé and a cabriolet. They will be fitted to the sportscar in size 275/35 Z R20 at the front and 285/35 Z R20 at the rear.

Compared with the original, the new tire is said to deliver better performance in terms of lap time, dry handling, wet handling, consistency, braking performance, straight hydroplaning, lateral hydroplaning, weight, comfort, noise and mileage.

Pirelli’s engineers have modified the tread pattern of the tire, among other things, to reduce the noise level as much as possible. This has enabled an even stronger grip than the original P Zero, and excellent wet performance. To achieve the best possible balance between the front and rear axles of the vehicle, the engineers used different layer constructions in the carcasses. The front tire has a symmetrical carcass structure, while the rear tires have an asymmetrical structure.

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