The new Azenis FK520L is introduced to replace the highly acclaimed Azenis FK510.
Falken Azenis FK520L Offers Longer Life Span
Stamford Tyres (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Falken tyres in Malaysia, recently launched the latest addition to the Falken flagship tyre line, the Azenis FK520L. The new Ultra-high Performance (UHP) tyre is designed for the premium car, executive sedan, Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV), Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and sport car segment.
“The new Azenis FK520L is introduced to replace the highly acclaimed Azenis FK510. The FK520L received the number one overall rating in the general tyre performance test conducted in 2021 by Europe’s largest automobile federation, ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club/General Automobile Club). In the following year, the tyre received a number one rating for its wear performance. This new tyre has set a high standard not only against its predecessor but also its rivals in major aspects,” said Frankie Kong, Head of Sales, Training & Development
The new tyre life span, he said, had improved significantly, which was 10 per cent longer compared to Azenis FK510. He noted that the service life of any new tyre over its previous generation was normally extended by about three to five per cent. He attributed the longevity of the new tyre tread life to Falken’s proprietary left-right asymmetrical tread pattern and tread depth as well as the adoption of a special silica compound.
“This left-right asymmetrical tread pattern also provides the excellent cornering performance that premium vehicles demand. The tyre’s outside blocks are designed with enhanced rigidity to provide a solid grip while the water evacuation reduces hydroplaning risk and improves stability and control on wet roads, even at high speeds.”
Thanks to the new pattern and compound, he added, the FK520L was rated A for wet grip performance for all sizes, the highest rating awarded under the EU labelling.
As for the rubber compound, Ku Seng Yeow, Head of Sales Channel Development, explained it incorporated ‘Sustainable Silica Dispersion Agent’, an advanced all-natural biomaterial that offered stronger bonding between rubber and silica. The results, he said, were longer tyre usage life and superior performance in wear resistance and dry handling.
Besides that, he continued, the Aero design of the new tyre reduced wind resistance. In addition, Falken used Advanced 4D Nano simulation technology to develop the new ‘Diamond Cut’ tread (integrated with noise reduction elements). Featuring edges on the tyre’s shoulder grooves, the ‘Diamond Cut’ tread improved ground contact, cornering and braking performance on dry surfaces.
Kong pointed out that the dry performance of this new UHP tyre had improved eight per cent compared to the FK510.
“The Falken engineers never forgot the comfort and quiet ride of the Azenis FK520L. The reinforced layer, a strong and tough band featuring an extra belt of aramid fibre used in bulletproof vests, not only increases the new tyre’s cornering force and high-speed stability, but also suppresses vibration to achieve a significant reduction in overall road noise.” Moreover, the round profile of the tyre allowed the entire sidewall to flex, enabling it to effectively absorb road shocks. Also worth mentioning is the tyre weight that was reduced in comparison with its predecessor. The lower weight, according to him, and unsprung mass as well as the lower rolling resistance resulted in improved fuel efficiency and performance.
Aimed at the demands of hardcore driving enthusiasts and the younger generation, the Azenis FK520L boasts a sporty and aggressive design in addition to its well-rounded performance. Utilising a proprietary ‘Nano Black’ lettering technology, the Falken logo on the tyre sidewall is engraved with tiny ridges that are said to suppress light reflection and create a shade of black. As such, this Falken logo is said to stand out clearly always.
The made-in-Japan Azenis FK520L is available initially in 47 sizes, 30 to 65 series, from 17 to 21 inches. All tyres in the series are authorised for speed category Y (300km/h) and W (270km/h). He said the car brands and models that the company targeted were from Europe including the sedans, sport cars and Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) from BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Volkswagen; Japan – sedans, sport cars, Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPVs) and SUVs from Toyota, Honda, Subaru and Nissan; and Malaysia, including the SUVs from Proton.
The company is currently running an exclusive promotion for the dealers. The campaign is to encourage the dealers to test the Azenis FK520L.
With the new tyre, the company is targeting to double the sales achieved by the Azenis FK510.
销售、培训与开发主管江泽纬表示：“新推出的 Azenis FK520L 是为了取代广受好评的 Azenis FK510。FK520L在欧洲最大汽车联合会ADAC（Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club/全德汽车俱乐部）于2021年进行的轮胎综合性能测试中获得总体评级第一。第二年，该轮胎又凭借着其耐磨性能获得第一名。这款新轮胎的主要性能不仅对其上一代，也为其竞争对手树立了高标准。”
他表示，新轮胎的使用寿命显着提高，比 Azenis FK510 延长了10%。他指出，一般新轮胎的使用寿命通常比上一代轮胎延长约3%至5%。他将此新轮胎胎面寿命的延长归功于飞劲专有的左右不对称胎面花纹和胎面深度，以及特殊的二氧化硅化复合胶的采用。
除此之外，他续说，符合空气动力学的轮胎设计降低了风阻。飞劲还利用先进的4D纳米模拟技术开发了全新的“钻石切割”（Diamond Cut）胎面（融合了降噪元件）。该轮胎的“钻石切割”胎面的胎肩胎沟上设有刀槽花纹 ，改善了干燥路面上的接地、转弯和制动性能。
“飞劲工程师不曾忘记 Azenis FK520L 的舒适性和安静的乘坐体验。该轮胎的增强层是一种坚固又充满韧性，具有防弹背心中使用的额外芳纶纤维带，不仅提高了新轮胎的侧偏力和高速稳定性，而且还可以抑制振动，大大降低道路噪音。”此外，该轮胎的圆形轮廓让整个胎壁得以弯曲，有效吸收路面冲击。更值得一提的是，此轮胎重量比上一代产品来得轻。据他指出，较轻的重量、非簧载质量以及较低的滚动阻力，提高了轮胎的燃油效率和性能。
以铁杆驾驶爱好者和年轻一代为目标的Azenis FK520L在拥有全面性能的同时，还具备了运动、充满‘侵略性’的设计。轮胎侧壁上的Falken标志采用专有的“纳米黑”刻字技术，刻有微小脊线。据说这一设计可以抑制光反射，形成更深的黑色阴影，让 Falken标志总是很显眼。
日本制造的 Azenis FK520L 最初推出47个尺寸，30 至 65 系列，17 至 21 寸。该系列的所有轮胎均被授权用于速度类别 Y（300 公里/小时）和 W（270 公里/小时）。他表示，该公司的目标汽车品牌和车型包括欧洲的宝马、奔驰、奥迪和大众轿车、跑车和SUV，日本的丰田、本田、斯巴鲁和日产的轿车、跑车、MPV 和 SUV，以及马来西亚普腾的SUV。