Falken Azenis FK510 closes gap on premium tyre brands following latest tyre tests

Falken Azenis FK510 closes gap on premium tyre brands following latest tyre tests

19 Jul

By David Sholicar

Auto Express were back at Continental’s proving ground in Ulvalde, Texas to test the best car tyres of 2018 and find out which are the safest, most fuel efficient and quietest tyres for your car. The test covers nine criteria, including a more driver-relevant cabin noise rating, dry grip and a range of wet road tests.

Falken are making very promising progress on premium tyre brands, as the results from the recent Auto Express tyre tests confirm. In fact, this is the closest that the German-based Japanese producer has been to the top of these tyre tests and it comes as no surprise with the FK510 impressing in other magazine tyre tests across Europe, including a second place with Auto Bild in Germany.

Tyre size 225/45 R17

Falken has certainly taken a step forward with the FK510 from the 2016 version, delivering a more balanced performance across the tests. An important factor for its success was that despite not being at the top of the table, it was close to the winners in each test. The most successful performance was in dry conditions where the FK510 came second in the braking test, just 40cm behind the winning Pirelli.

Despite finishing sixth on the handling track, the Azenis was less than a second off the winning pace. Behind the wheel it performed well through the fast turns where minimal lock was required and generally, there was a pleasing sharpness.

Although the Falken Azenis FK510 was less successful in the wet, it wasn’t far off the top tyres finishing joint second in the deep water of the straight aquaplaning.

The results are displayed below:

All 225/45R17 tyres had weight ratings of 94, as well as speed ratings of Y. Also included are the tyre label ratings which are graded A-G (A is best) for wet grip (WG) and rolling resistance (RR). Pass-by noise (N) is measured in decibels; the lower the better.
1.  Avon ZV7 RR: C WG: A Noise: 70
2.  Bridgestone Turanza T005 RR: B WG: A Noise: 72
3.  Continental PremiumContact 6 RR: A WG: C Noise: 72
4.  Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 RR: C WG: A Noise: 68
5.  Falken Azenis FK510 RR: C WG: A Noise: 69
6.  Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 RR: C WG: A Noise: 68
7.  Hankook S1 evo2 RR: E WG: A Noise: 71
8.  Michelin Pilot Sport 4 RR: C WG: A Noise: 71
9.  Nokian zLine RR: C WG: A Noise: 72
10.  Pirelli P Zero RR: F WG: A Noise: 72

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When the British Weather Twists Falken Tyres Keep Turning

The premium technology is what makes the Falken tyre work so well in wet and dry conditions. With Falken Tyres beating many premium manufacturers in these summer tyre tests and boasting a price point that is much better value than the Premium brands it is a very smart choice to make. It is no surprise therefore that he recent Falken Tyres TV commercial positions itself as the tyre drivers can trust for the British weather.


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David Sholicar

David is the National Retail Operations Manager for Protyre. One of David’s areas of responsibility and expertise is dealing with the DVSA and MOT’s for Protyre. As the Authorised Examiner Designate Manager ( AEDM ) David deals with applications for changes to the many Vehicle Testing Stations ( VTS’s) including managing the growth of the Number of MOT testing stations that Protyre operate, allocating MOT tester roles, and monitoring the MOT Test logs to ensure that Protyre MOT standards are maintained as the best in the industry. David handles the relationships with our parts suppliers to ensure that Protyre only fit the best quality servicing parts, brake parts, and other aftermarket quality parts at the right price. David is also involved in ensuring that all technicians are trained or assessed to carry out the work completed in all centres, and that Protyre has a robust Quality control ( QC) Procedure in all centres. David is also involved in developing the customer service standards and customer service training for all Protyre team members to ensure that all Protyre customers can expect the highest levels of customer service. At Protyre we believe we have the highest levels of customer service excellence that can be found, not only in the garage industry, but also when compared to other retail organisations. Another area of expertise is David’s involvement in developing Protyre Operational, Environmental, and safe working procedures. David has worked for some of the UK’s best retailers and this expertise has been a key component in helping develop Protyre into a highly respected company within the fast fit industry. David’s mission is ensuring that Protyre is the local garage that you can trust.

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