Audi vehicles endowed with quattro all-wheel-drive could become safer during the winter season with the newest set of Audi-approved winter wheels and tires, all of which are available from Audi Centres across the United Kingdom. Audi now offers a range of 16-inch to 20-inch alloy wheels that feature higher anti-corrosion resistance.
They are covered by tires made of a special rubber compound that does well in temperatures of below +7 degrees centigrade. This new set of tires boasts of better traction and overall control in snow as well as in extreme wet conditions at low temperatures.
These new rubber tires also gain from a special tread pattern that optimizes water displacement and additional grooves -- called sipes -- within the tread blocks that interlock with the surface to maximize traction. The wheel-and-tire sets range in price from £799 for the A1 premium compact hatchback, to £3,659 for the RS 4 Avant. Customer could avail only of the tires at prices that range from £540 to £1,300.
Tire-only options are also available for previous generation Audi models, thus allowing customer to keep their current wheel rims. Owners of Audi A3 models built between 1997 and 2003 can acquire four fitted winter tires for just £325, while owners A4 models built between 2001 and 2007 could obtain their own tire sets from £540. Complementing the winter tire program at Audi Centres is a ‘tire hotel' service that offers storage for winter or summer tires when they are not needed. For just £120 including VAT, customer’s tires will be stored for 12 months in Audi branded wheel bags ready to use on request.
"Whereas conventional tyres become stiffer and less flexible at low temperatures, the winter compounds remain softer and more pliable, and consequently better able to maintain grip. They also benefit from a special tread pattern that optimises water displacement, and additional grooves, called sipes, within the tread blocks which interlock with the surface to maximise traction." said the press release.