New WRX STI to be clad in sporty, sexy Dunlop tires

A high performance car requires some high performance tires. Thanks to Dunlop, the stock rubbers on the latest Subaru WRX STI will treat owners just fine. Here’s the official press release direct from Dunlop:

Subaru WRX STI Rides on New Dunlop Performance Tires

AKRON, Ohio, Jan. 3, 2008 – A new Dunlop maximum performance tire has been specified for the iconic 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI sports car. Powered by a 305-horsepower, 2.5-liter Subaru boxer engine, the new performance car rides on specially designed Dunlop SP Sport 600 245/40R18 93W summer tires. In fact, every Impreza WRX STI destined for North America rides on Dunlop performance tires.

Janice Consolacion, manager for Dunlop marketing, said the third generation of the rally-bred supercar “is a driver’s car, and it’s fitting that Dunlops are specified on Subaru’s flagship. Together, we’re showcasing innovation and performance.” The asymmetric performance tire features large outside shoulder tread elements for excellent cornering power and inboard circumferential grooves and sweeping lateral grooves for enhanced wet traction. “Asymmetry allows the efficiency of wet- and dry-traction elements to coexist, without compromising the tire’s other performance features,” Consolacion said. A solid center stability rib separates the wet and dry sectors and helps enhance steering response and driver feedback. Silica-reinforced tread compounds help increase dry and wet traction across the tread face, she said. In addition, Dunlop JointLess Band Technology helps maintain tire structural stability and enables smooth performance at highway speeds, she added.

The new SP Sport 600 tire was developed and built in Japan and “tuned” to match the suspension of the new Subaru WRX STI, Consolacion said. Dunlop’s SP WinterSport 3D performance tire is the winter-tire option on the new car. The 2008 sports car also is available with optional Dunlop SP Sport 01 ultra-performance tires in 235/45R17 94W sizes.

Dunlop is a global tire brand with an excellent reputation among performance car enthusiasts. Well known for its prestigious original-equipment fitments and sports car racing heritage, Dunlop is also a key supplier to sport compact enthusiasts featuring “tuner” tire sizes and race series sponsorships.

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