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With equipping Kona N, the full European Hyundai N range is running on Pirelli tyres.
Pirelli has developed a new P Zero tyre, which combines performance and control as well as comfort to provide a truly enjoyable drive, specifically for the recently-launched Hyundai Kona N.
The latest N model, which was recently presented to European media, is the first SUV produced by Hyundai’s sporting N division. Each Hyundai N model is developed on the basis of the three pillars: corner rascal, everyday sports car and race track capability.
Pirelli’s engineers have developed new P Zero tyres in 235/40R19 96 Y size for the Kona N to meet the requirements of Hyundai’s engineers, enhancing the performance on track as well as in terms of safety, with driving pleasure on the road. This was achieved through tests conducted jointly by Hyundai and Pirelli on the Nurburgring, as well as on the Namyang track in Korea over the course of a year.
For the N division, Pirelli has developed a bespoke P Zero tyre range with low levels of road noise to maximise onboard comfort while making the most of each car’s performance. The P Zero tyre was born as an Ultra High Performance (UHP) product, uniting Pirelli’s experience in motorsport with partnerships involving the world’s top car manufacturers.
Following Pirelli’s ‘perfect fit’ strategy, the P Zero tyres for the Kona N put the emphasis on performance without compromising driving comfort. There’s also an accent on safety thanks to excellent wet braking performance (certified by the tyre’s ‘A’ label rating) as well as durability, handling, and comfort. The tyre is additionally marked ‘HN’ on the sidewall to denote that it’s been made specifically for the Korean manufacturer.
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