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BMW M4 GTS confirms Michelin Sport Cup 2 as exclusive OE fitment.

Posted: April 19, 2016 at 12:06 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Specially developed versions of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 will be the sole original equipment tyre on the new limited model BMW M4 GTS. The Pilot Sport Cup 2 was deemed the right tyre for the 493bhp poster boy of the M-car range due to its combination of a dual-compound asymmetric tread & an asymmetric casing design, a coupling that Michelin says offers the “optimum balance between handling, grip & tyre life.” The M4 GTS will wear the Pilot Sport Cup 2 in size 265/35 ZR 19 at the front & size 285/30 ZR 20 on the rear.

During the development process, Michelin produced & tested more than 1,000 prototype tyres & 400 special series tyres which were evaluated by both Michelin & BMW M test drivers. To achieve all the performance characteristics demanded by BMW M, Michelin’s engineers focused on the interaction between the tyre’s tread compounds, architecture & profile between the tyres on each axle. “This ensured not only good road manners in terms of steering effort & response, balance & comfort but also fast lap times & consistent performance on track – with a particular objective to limit heat build-up & wear,” reports Michelin.

In addition to Michelin’s Bi-Compound technology, the Pilot Sport Cup 2 also incorporates the motorsport-developed Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0. The aim of this particular technology is to optimize pressure in the tyre’s contact patch so that the same amount of rubber is always in contact with the road or track, whether driving in a straight line or cornering.

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