At a dealer and media ride-and-drive last week, Goodyear introduced its new UHP Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season, a race-inspired tire the company said offers superb handling and all-season traction.
Available in July, the tiremaker’s newest member of the Eagle family fills a gap in Goodyear’s current product screen, which had been lacking an all-season UHP offering. The tire will be available in 36 W- and Y- rated sizes and will carry a 45,000-mile tread life limited warranty.
Attendees of the event, held at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash., some 20 miles south of Seattle, put the tire through its paces on a road course, handling course and touring drive against the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus and Bridgestone RE970AS Pole Position, which the tiremaker deemed as the target competition.
The new all-season tire’s asymmetric tread pattern is based on that of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 summer tire, but the Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season features a Dry Handling Zone on the outside shoulder for enhanced handling and grip, and an All-Season Zone on the inside shoulder for increased water evacuation, according to the tiremaker.
Goodyear said the new tire also features: a specialized tread compound for enhanced performance characteristics, such as wet traction and dry handling; “TredLock Technology” with microgrooves that provide biting edges for enhanced wet traction; and “Traction Teeth” for further biting edges for traction in rain and snow.
“We apply breakthrough technologies to many tires in our Eagle lineup,” said Jonathan Lee, Goodyear brand general manager. “Fortunately, experts from third-party product testers to our extensive retail network to everyday consumers recognize the product leadership and help keep Goodyear Eagles out front.”
More information on the tire and ride-and-drive will appear in a future issue of Tire Review