Pirelli has been appointed as an Original Equipment provider of both summer and winter tyres for the BMW X5 M and X6 M, so that the vehicles deliver maximum performance, no matter what the weather has in store.
For the summer months has 100 per cent OE on the 20-inch fitment, supplying its P Zero in size 285/40R20 104Y on the front and 325/35R20 108Y P Zero for the rear wheels. While for the winter season, drivers can switch to the Pirelli Scorpion winter tyre, which has been homologated in size 285/40R20 108V XL. These three tyres carry the (*) marking confirming they are tailor made for BMW.
Pirelli is keen to emphasis the importance of changing tyres depending on the season as both have different characteristics that affect the way they perform in different temperatures. Winter tyres should be fitted when temperatures drop below 7C as performance is dramatically affected.
Although winter tyres are not as popular in the UK as they are in many European countries, Pirelli points out their safety advantages with the following statistics:
* in winter conditions, summer tyres have a braking distance that is approximately 20 per cent longer than winter tyres
* as well as shorter braking distances, there is less wear, and better handling and stability with winter tyres in winter conditions
* summer tyres are only 50 per cent as effective as winter tyres in winter, while winter tyres are 80 per cent as effective as summer tyres in summer
Dominic Sandivasci, UK managing director of Pirelli tyres, welcomed the news of the announcement. He commented: “BMW is another premium marque that we’ve enjoyed a long-term partnership with.
“We worked closely with BMW to develop and homologate leading edge technology tyres to deliver and enhance the performance for their vehicles, and these latest fitments are great news.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office