Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires comes with hybrid sidewall tech
Last month, Lexus debuted the LC 500 luxury coupe during the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The LC 500 is inspired by the LF-LC concept that was first introduced in 2012. As previously reported, the vehicle's exterior features smooth curves, a carbon-fiber roof and an overall aerodynamic form.
Complementing its distinctive exterior is a set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP tires. According to Michelin, the said tires were developed to contribute significantly to the vehicle's world-class sports car technology and performance.
Michelin engineers also deployed a new hybrid sidewall technology, which allows the tire to maintain its run-flat endurance and superior handling performance while reducing the tire’s overall mass and rolling resistance.
The tire company added that during the development period, the project included more than 1,200 prototype tires and countless hours of testing at Michelin facilities in Greenville, South Carolina and Ladoux, France.
“Michelin’s global development team worked very closely with the Lexus team to develop a Pilot Super Sport that helps meet the high performance and safety needs of the Lexus LC500,” said Thom Roach, vice president of Original Equipment Marketing, Michelin North America.
Specifically for the North American International Auto Show, Michelin designed a special concept version of the Pilot Super Sport by incorporating elements from Lexus’ brand design language.
The tire sizes for the Lexus LC 500 are 245/40R21 for the front and 275/35R21 for the rear.
The Lexus LC 500 is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 473 PS and 527 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Lexus claims that the vehicle can go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4.5 seconds.