4WD MODIFICATIONS - TYRES & WHEELS
Kumho Tyre Australia has announced the launch of a new mud terrain tyre for the 4WD Ute and SUV market. The new MT71 replaces the previous two Kumho M/T tyres.
The new Kumho Road Venture MT71 has premium off-road performance priority and has undergone more than two years’ development. It was launched in North America in late 2019, in time for the winter season.
The Road Venture MT71 is available in 27 sizes.
“The Road Venture MT71 is a cornerstone product for Kumho because it will deliver the highest level of performance at a truly competitive price and will, we believe, redefine the serious 4WD tyre market,” said Kenny Chun, national marketing manager for Kumho Tyre Australia.
The MT71 replaces the previous MT51 and KL71 M/T tyres (below):
The Road Venture MT71 has been designed with multiple sizes and specifications, on multiple vehicle platforms across the world; not just one size and one type of vehicle,” said Kenny Chun.
The MT71 has an aggressive tread design for climbing performance and off-road traction, enhanced durability with extra cut and chip resistance and excellent highway safety and stability.
Carcase construction incorporates seven integrated steel and fabric layers; two steel cord layers and two nylon puncture-protection plies, making it one of the most robust mud-terrain tyres in the market, Kumho claimed.
“During pre-launch testing, the product scored well in slick-rock traction, forward traction, front path stability, side-bite ability, side-slope traction and a wide range of additional performance dynamics,” Mr Chun added.
MT71 is also said to deliver significant on-road noise reduction, compared with competitor MT tyres, thanks to the design of its packed centre blocks and dual-pitch tread design. The tread pattern utilises fluid mechanics analysis for enhanced water and mud dispersal.
The MT71 is available in a range of diameters and sizes from 14 inch to 17 inch, spanning the majority of popular fitments in the 4WD market.
OutbackTravel Australia has a test set of MT71s coming and we’ll check them out in rural NSW, when the travel restrictions are lifted in June 2020.