Kumho Expands Commercial and Performance Tire Lineups
Kumho Tire USA is bringing two new tires to market to start 2021 — the Crugen HT51 for commercial vans and other transport vehicles — and the Ecsta V730, a performance tire designed to inspire drivers both on and off the track.
“We are extremely excited to start off 2021 with two new product lines," says Chris Han, marketing manager for Kumho. "The Ecsta V730 was bred from our highly successful Ecsta V720 OE fitment on the Dodge Viper ACR and we are fully confident in the performance that this tire will bring to the market. The Crugen HT51 commercial all-season product was developed around our highway all-season tire and is engineered with commercial-grade technology that will allow it to perform in the passenger transportation, hauling and commercial applications,”
The Ecsta V730 is designed to handle the demands of tracks in wet and dry conditions by utilizing an ultra-high grip tread compound with fine carbon black and synthetic resins that Kumho says enhance handling, responsiveness and grip. Its wide-circumferential grooves improve hydroplaning resistance by evacuating water from the contact patch, while the outer block offers cornering precision and better dry road steering response. An optimized footprint design gives the tire durability by managing the extreme lateral cornering forces.
The tire is launching with six sizes, with more offerings to come in 2021:
The Ecsta V730 is a performance tire inspired by track performance and Kumho's OE fitment on the Dodge Viper ACR.
The Crugen HT51 is a commercial highway all-season tire built to handle the extraordinary demands of modern commercial vans and transporters. The five-rib tread design features a stiff center block design for improved straight-line stability and enhanced dry traction. Its four wide, circumferential grooves increase hydroplaning resistance by creating a vortex effect, while the 3D zigzag sipes provide biting edges for improved traction and stability on snow-covered roads. The tire's two wide steel belts are reinforced by two spirally wrapped nylon cord caps that enhance the tire’s handling, durability and stability at highway speeds.
The Crugen HT51 Commercial Highway A/S is available in four sizes: