BMW and Pirelli develop innovative winter tyre for 7 Series and i7

The technological advancements in the Pirelli P Zero Winter 2 can be attributed to significant breakthroughs, particularly in the areas of tread pattern and tread compound. It offers an extended range of up to 50km for the all-electric BMW i7 in comparison to a standard winter tyre.

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BMW and Pirelli develop innovative winter tyre for 7 Series and i7

BMW Group and Pirelli have worked together to unveil new 20-inch P Zero Winter 2 tyres for the BMW 7 Series sedan. The focus is on range capabilities, thanks to its ‘A class’ European labelling for rolling resistance. This collaborative effort sets a new benchmark especially for all-electric vehicle tyres, offering drivers an exceptional driving experience with extended range, uncompromised comfort, and outstanding performance in winter conditions on different surfaces.

Compared to summer tyres, winter tyres impact the car’s range due to a higher rolling resistance because of their compounds and tread pattern designed to offer grip on snowy and wet cold asphalt. The rolling resistance of a tyre describes the force required for rolling motion, directly influencing the range of a vehicle.

The new 20-inch development in collaboration with Pirelli compensates for these disadvantages resulting in an extended range of up to 50km for the all-electric BMW i7 in comparison to a standard winter tyre.

"This collaboration between BMW and Pirelli represents a significant milestone in tyre technology regarding range capabilities for winter tyres" said Dr. Mihiar Ayoubi, Senior Vice President Development Driving Pleasure at the BMW Group. "We are proud to partner with Pirelli to offer our customers an exceptional driving experience that combines the known high level of snow and wet performance with a significant positive impact for our all-electric vehicles during winter times. These tyres exemplify our commitment to pushing the boundaries of our cars in every dimension."

This new development from the BMW Group and Pirelli is aligned with their sustainability goals by using renewable materials wherever technically appropriate and reducing the CO2 footprint of their plants. The tyre will be available for the BMW 7 Series starting from August 2024. The goal is to roll out this new technology to other future BMW models, starting next with the new BMW X3 in the second half of 2024.

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