Ultra-high-performance tyres: High-tech developments for sporty car and SUV vehicles
Faster, bigger, wider - more and more. The importance of the ultra-high-performance segment - in short: UHP - has steadily increased in recent years. The market for tyres from 17 ", equipped with a speed index of W, Y or Z, experts of Continental estimate for the current year alone in the UK to well over five million pieces. And demand will continue to grow. Vehicles that are equipped as standard with engines for speeds above 150 mph are now part of the daily road scene.
This trend can also be observed in the still growing market segment of the SUVs. All-wheel drive vehicles such as the Range Rover HSE, the Audi Q7, the Mercedes GLK and the VW Touareg are able to achieve speeds well above 130 mph. The latter brings it to 150mph at the top.