General Tyre has an advanced range of tyres for passenger cars to deliver the highest levels of all-round performance. The American brand, which celebrates its centenary this year, offers two models to meet different sectors of the passenger car market.
The Altimax Sport has been developed for drivers prioritizing precise handling and short braking distances. The Altimax Comfort, meanwhile, majors on smoothness, high mileage and low rolling resistance – but not at the expense of excellent safety standards.
The Altimax Sport
The General Tire Altimax Sport has been developed specifically to deliver precise handling and short braking distances on wet and dry roads. To this end, the tyre has wide, circumferential tread grooves with open shoulders, which allow it to drain water away quickly and provide short braking distances, even in wet conditions, along with exceptional aquaplaning resistance.
Stiff outside shoulder blocks have been developed to transfer steering commands to the ride precisely in dry conditions. Their stability and stiffness offer unbeatable handling at low or high speeds and on twisty roads.
General Tire uses an advanced silica tread compound to enhance grip on wet roads and reduce rolling resistance. Added to which, the asymmetrical Altimax Sport features the Visual Alignment Indicator (VAI), which checks the tyre is wearing evenly, and the Replacement Tire Monitor (RTM), which indicates when it is ready for replacement. The Altimax Sport is available in 10 different sizes and can be specified for wheel rims measuring 15 to 18 inches in diameter.
The Altimax Comfort
The General Tire Altimax Comfort is geared to drivers who value a particularly quiet tyre specializing in comfort. With this in mind, the General Tire engineers designed a tread whose blocks make contact with the road in a staggered sequence and therefore develop and maintain a low level of harmonious road noise.
At the same time, they have also placed great importance on the tyre’s safety attributes. For example, the Altimax Comfort – which has a low-rolling-resistance silica compound designed to deliver impressive wet-weather grip – features laterally arranged sipes, which quickly disperse water out through the tread grooves when driving in the rain. The asymmetrical tyre has stabile blocks on the outer side of the tyre on which the tyre can effectively “rest” when driving through corners. This provides a high level of steering precision.
Wide tread ribs in the centre of the tyre are designed to create the largest possible contact patch under braking and on straight sections of road, ensuring precise straight-line stability and short braking distances. The Altimax Comfort likewise comes with the Visual Alignment Indicator (VAI) and Replacement Tire Monitor (RTM). It is available in 18 sizes for wheel rims measuring between 13 and 15 inches in diameter.