Continental is launching a high-performance winter drive axle tyre developed specifically for coaches: the HDW2 Coach. Continental says that it outperforms M+S tyres and exceeds the performance requirements of the 3PMSF certification. This new tyre arrives just in time for the upcoming winter season.
“With the HDW2 Coach, Continental now offers a brand-new and highly specialized winter tyre option for fleet operators. Transport professionals will benefit from its perfectly balanced performance profile that provides optimum safety and reliability on wet, snowy and icy roads.” States Constantin Batsch, Vice President Business Region Truck tyres EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa).
The HDW2 Coach is available in size 295/80 R 22.5 and rounds off the product family that already includes the HSW2 Coach tyre for the steer axle.
Continental engineers have developed a high-traction tread pattern featuring an intelligent combination of deep grooves, 3D sipes and special traction sipes. In synergistic interplay, they transmit the drive and lateral forces to snowy and icy roads safely and efficiently – even at latter wear stages. Additionally, Continental says that tests have confirmed the even wear properties of the tyre. This helps to not only maintain its performance but also enhance ride comfort for passengers.
Thanks to the innovative tread pattern design and compound technology, the HDW2 Coach maintains excellent tread and pattern stiffness, making it highly robust and unsusceptible to damage should it come into contact with the curbstone, according to the company. Furthermore, the high stiffness promotes excellent handling performance in combination with the steer axle tyre HSW2 Coach. Like all Continental tyres, the HDW2 Coach is designed for optimum efficiency, including when it comes to the robustness of the casing. Continental says that thanks to its excellent retreadability, the HDW2 Coach allows for multiple service lives.
For driving safely with optimal traction even on damp or icy roads, Continental recommends fitting trucks and buses with winter tyres on all axles for the cold winter season. Identified by the snowflake symbol on the tyre wall, the dedicated winter tyre portfolio by Continental easily outperforms M+S tyres and also significantly exceeds the requirements of the 3PMSF certification.
For winter tyres to be labeled with the 3PMSF symbol, they have to pass a standard practical test defined in UN regulation 117 and exhibit suitability for winter use on snowy roads in a braking and traction comparison test.