Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) announced the launch of the all-new Firestone Firehawk AS V2 all-season ultra-high-performance tire designed to deliver exciting, sporty performance.
Inspired by the INDYCAR Firestone Firehawk rain race tire, the Firestone Firehawk AS V2 tire also delivers relentless performance in inclement weather, delivering faster lap times than the tire’s predecessor.
“When designing the Firestone Firehawk AS V2, our goal was to produce an ultra-high-performance tire without trading off its performance in inclement weather,” said Ian McKenny, Senior Product Manager, Bridgestone Americas. “Our INDYCAR rain tires use a braided tread to help deliver exhilarating performance even in a downpour. We’ve applied that pattern technology directly to the new Firehawk AS V2 to give drivers the chance to experience a sporty drive in any weather condition.”
Interlocking lugs & full-depth 3D sipes
The Firestone Firehawk AS V2 tire is backed by a 50,000-mile (80,467.2 km) limited warranty, featuring a combination of interlocking lugs and full-depth 3D sipes providing consistent wear and performance throughout the tire’s life. The interlocking lugs and large outboard tread blocks ensure confident wet handling and hydroplaning resistance. Plus, the 3D full-depth sipes allow the Firehawk AS V2 to excel in snow throughout the life of the tire. Its INDYCAR-inspired tread pattern also gives the Firehawk AS V2 the signature sport grip and responsive handling through corners that Firehawk tires are known for.
Key performance advancements offered by the Firestone Firehawk AS V2 tire include:
- Increased speed rating (H, V, W) over the previous generation Firehawk AS tires (H, V)
- Lap times are 2.11 seconds faster in wet conditions than the previous generation Firehawk AS tires
- Lap times .6 seconds faster in wet conditions than the BFGoodrich G-Force Comp 2 A/S+ tires and the General G-Max AS-05 tires
- Stops 5 feet shorter in snow than the previous generation Firehawk AS tires
- Stops 15 feet shorter in snow than the General G-Max AS-05 tires
The new Firestone Firehawk AS V2 is developed for popular sports and muscle cars like the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang but is also designed to help enhance the sporty feel of popular sedans and crossovers like the Honda Civic, Nissan Altima, and Toyota RAV4. Firestone Firehawk AS V2 tires are available now at all Bridgestone-authorized tire dealers in Canada and the U.S.
The introduction of the Firestone Firehawk AS V2 aligns with the Bridgestone E8 Commitment that serves as the axis to drive management while earning the trust of future generations. The “Bridgestone E8 Commitment” consists of 8 Bridgestone-like values starting with the letter “E” (Energy, Ecology, Efficiency, Extension, Economy, Emotion, Ease and Empowerment) that Bridgestone has committed to creating together with employees, society, partners and customers to realize a sustainable society. By developing an all-season ultra-high-performance tire, the Bridgestone Group is delivering its “Ease” and “Emotion” commitment.
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