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BFGoodrich Rolls Out New Winter Tire

Michelin North America has rolled out a new BFGoodrich branded winter tire – the Winter T/A KSI.

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In Canada roughly 68% of drivers use winter tires. To help meet this demand for winter offerings, Michelin North America has rolled out a new BFGoodrich branded winter tire – the Winter T/A KSI.

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Several Canadian traditional media and trade press got a sneak peek of the winter tire during a recent ride and drive in Ottawa, Canada. Hitting a track on a closed runway, the T/A KSI was tested on ice braking, slalom and mixed elements courses.

Replacing the Slalom KSI, the Winter T/A KSI is completely redesigned. Unlike its predecessor, the tire features a directional tread design and boasts a T-speed rating.

The tire also features a new compound with more silica for grip in sub-freezing temperatures, a high sipe density for maximized biting edges and inter-locking 3-D sipes to help increase the stability of shoulder blocks, Michelin said. A serrated shoulder profile (similar to the one in the BFG All-Terrain T/A KO2) provides additional grip in deep snow and a continuous center rib provides steering control.

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Other features include large circumferential and wide lateral grooves for water and slush evacuation and casing protectors to prevent stone and salt drilling.

Additionally, the Winter T/A KSI has a shared visual identity with other recently released BFGoodrich tires – the Advantage T/A Sport and g-Force Comp 2 A/S – the tiremaker said.

The T/A KSI will be available in September 2017 in 32 sizes; additional sizes will be launched in August 2018. Sizes range from 14- to 18-inch wheel diameter.

The Winter T/A KSI will be manufactured in China.

Michelin hasn’t yet made plans to launch the Winter T/A KSI in the United States.

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