Bridgestone Blizzak LM-80 Test Winner in ACE and GTÜ magazines’ Winter tyre test

The winter tyre Blizzak LM-80, designed especially for the newest generation of SUVs and CUVs, came out the winner in the latest test by the GTÜ (German Association for Technical Inspection) and ACE (Auto Club Europe).

Seven premium tyres - size 215/65 R 16 - for small SUVs were mounted on Dacia Dusters to compete against each other. Besides the usual test disciplines such as braking and handling on snow, wet and dry surfaces, economic and environmental aspects such as rolling resistance and pass-by noise were reviewed and compared with the EU tyre label values prescribed starting November 1st. In this regard, ACE regrets the fact that the label mentions only rolling resistance, wet grip and external noise, and does not take into account important special winter tyre characteristics such as handling on snow-covered and icy roads.

The Bridgestone Blizzak LM-80 came out on top, achieving the highest test score and rated "highly recommended". Not only was the tyre among the best candidates for the "C" label in both rolling resistance and wet grip, GTÜ and ACE experts also awarded it the top score in the practical test categories Economy/Environment and Safety in wet conditions. This "Bridgestone all-rounder" convinced the experts with the shortest braking distance and fastest reaction time in handling under wet conditions. In addition, the testers particularly heaped praise on the Blizzak LM-80's quiet running and low rolling resistance.

The detailed test results are available at www.ace-online.de and www.gtue.de. A video clip of the tyre test can be found on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpFCrBNgVQU .


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