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Vredestein to ship efficiency at a extra enticing value | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Revealed On Dec 22, 2021 10:14:00 PM

The Vredestein tyres from Apollo will probably be manufactured domestically right here in India. We get a primary impression of the Ultrac Vorti tyre on the BIC F1 observe.

The 100-year-old Dutch tyre maker Vredestein, now owned by Apollo Tyres, is able to make a concerted foray into India. Whereas a few of its tyres are already on sale, there will probably be many extra domestically made tyres added to the roster within the not too distant future.

A tyre maker with a barely completely different tackle efficiency and magnificence, Vredestein not solely makes high-performance tyres, but additionally will get well-known designers to work on how they appear. That is uncommon, to say the least. For instance, Vredestein makes use of Giugiaro design to make its tyres look extra enticing, it even embosses the designer’s identify on the sidewall.

The tyres even include the designer’s identify on the facet wall.

Sampling the Ultrac Vorti

Need to say the Ultrac Vorti appears to be like neat. The embossing on the sidewall catches the sunshine properly, the sidewall appears to be like appropriately chunky and properly crammed out, and even the tread and detailing contained in the sipes catches your eye. Sure, there’s detailing contained in the tread that helps scale back noise and in addition appears to be like cool. 

To indicate us simply how good a efficiency tyre the Ultrac Vorti is, we got the chance to drive a couple of laborious laps across the BIC F1 observe close to the Yamuna expressway. The automobile chosen, in my case, was an 81,000km-old Audi A6. I spent the primary lap or so marvelling at simply how properly the automobile had stood as much as all of the kilometres. After which, regardless of not having quattro or four-wheel drive, it even acquitted itself fairly properly on the observe.

The Ultrac Vorti feels steady in corners and has a number of grip.

The tyres too appeared well-suited to the duty. Stability was good and the automobile tracked straight and true, even at excessive speeds. Whereas turn-in wasn’t tremendous sharp, the tyres did really feel steady in corners and imparted a superb quantity of really feel; and that regardless of the Audi’s in any other case inert steering. Vredestein claims their tyre has wonderful tread block stiffness and is designed with a steady centre rib and robust deformation free shoulders. The tyres even seemed to be supple sufficient to ship a superb experience. Vredestein additionally says moist braking is great attributable to a excessive silica content material.

Nevertheless, telling precisely how good the Ultrac Vorti is in comparison with its friends is inconceivable to do in isolation. You actually do want a back-to-back comparability, after which efficiency differs from automobile to automobile too. What we will inform you, and with a good quantity of certainty, is that these tyres aren’t out of their depth right here and could be in contrast with their competitors, just like the Pirelli P Zero and Michelin Pilot Sport. The tyre will probably be accessible in India in sizes starting from 16 to 20 inches (see desk). They may get an ‘i’ suffix for the Indian model, which is able to include a couple of modifications within the compound, and be attractively priced, someplace between Rs 12,000 and Rs 18,000.

Compared, the Michelin Pilot Sport tyres sized between 17-inch to 20-inches can value anyplace between Rs 12,000-35,000. In the meantime, the Pirelli P Zeros value between Rs 15,000-Rs 30,000 on most on-line portals.

Here is the complete vary of the Ultrac Vorti tyres accessible in India: 

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tyre vary
245/50 ZR18 104W XL Ultrac Vorti i -D
245/45 ZR18 100Y XL Ultrac Vorti i -D
235/55 ZR18 104W XL Ultrac Vorti i -D
225/55 ZR18 102Y XL Ultrac Vorti i -D
225/50 ZR18 99Y XL Ultrac Vorti i -D
245/45 ZR17 99Y XL Ultrac Vorti i -D
235/55 ZR17 99Y Ultrac Vorti i -D
225/50 ZR17 98W XL Ultrac Vorti i -D
225/45 ZR17 94W XL Ultrac Vorti i -D
215/55 ZR17 94W Ultrac Vorti i -D
215/45 ZR17 91W XL Ultrac Vorti i -D
225/55 ZR16 95W Ultrac Vorti i -D
215/55 ZR16 97W XL Ultrac Vorti i -D
205/55 ZR16 91W Ultrac Vorti i -D
235/65 ZR18 106Y ULTRAC VORTI-i TL -D
255/55 ZR19 111W XL ULTRAC VORTI-i TL -D
255/55 ZR20 110Y XL ULTRAC VORTI-i TL -D
275/45 ZR20 110W XL ULTRAC VORTI-i TL -D
255/50 ZR19 107W XL Ultrac Vorti i -D
255/45 ZR18 103Y XL Ultrac Vorti i -D
245/40 ZR18 97Y XL Ultrac Vorti i -D
235/50 ZR18 101W XL Ultrac Vorti i -D
235/35 ZR19 91Y XL Ultrac Vorti i -D
235/65 ZR19 109W XL ULTRAC VORTI-i TL -D
275/50 ZR20 113W XL Ultrac Vorti i -D
255/55 ZR18 109Y XL Ultrac Vorti i -D

The Ultrac-i: efficiency at a extra enticing value

Vredestein additionally showcased a extra inexpensive on a regular basis tyre referred to as the Ultrac-i. Engineered particularly for Indian situations, it was showcased put in on a Honda Metropolis. Out there from 15 inches as much as 17 inches, this tyre is more likely to ship greater efficiency than rivals just like the Yokohama Earth-one, amongst others.

New Ultrac-i engineered for Indian situations

Highlights embody a really steady tyre cavity or profile for steady dealing with, stiff tread blocks for better confidence in corners and a sidewall that’s, the corporate claims, each robust sufficient to evade cuts but additionally supple sufficient to be comfy. Costs for the Ultrac-i will vary from Rs 6,000-9,000 (together with GST).

Here is the complete vary of the Ultrac-i tyres accessible in India: 

Vredestein Ultrac-i tyre vary
175/65 R15 84V
185/55 R16 83V
185/60 R15 84V
185/65 R15 88V
195/55 R15 85H
195/55 R16 87V
195/60 R15 88V
195/60 R16 89V
195/65 R15 91V
205/50 R17 93V
205/60 R16 92V
205/65 R16 95V
215/60 R16 95V
215/60 R17 96V

We’d like to spend so much extra time with them to present you a conclusive evaluate, however, for now, the brand new Vredestein tyres have made a superb first impression.

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