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“Winter tyre with well-balanced driving characteristics in all weather conditions, short braking distances on snow and wet roads, comfortable ride characteristics and low price” are the strengths of the Falken EUROWINTER HS01 according to independent testers from the German auto magazine, AUTO BILD sportscars, in the November 2018 issue. The magazine tested winter tyres in size 245/45R18, choosing a 5 Series BMW as the test vehicle.
Safety is naturally the stand-out feature of the Falken EUROWINTER HS01. The tyre notched up a braking distance of 41.8 meters in an emergency stop from 100 km/h in dry conditions. This was only 40 centimetres longer than the overall test winner and more than one metre (in fact, 1.20 m) shorter than the tyre placed last in the test, bringing the EUROWINTER HS01 an impressive third place in this test category. The braking distance on snow from 50 km/h was 26.6 metres, 1.5 metres behind the test winner but still two metres shorter than the last-placed tyre, which gave Falken’s contender a mid-field position.
In dry handling, the EUROWINTER HS01’s speed of 84.4 km/h placed it exactly in the centre. The test drivers were looking out for safe driving characteristics, good grip and a stable rear axle with no threat of fishtailing. At an average speed of 66.2 km/h in handling on snow, the Falken tyre scooped ten out of a possible 15 points to receive an overall mark of “good”. At around EUR 495 per set, the Falken EUROWINTER HS01 is among the more pocket-friendly tyres, which was also praised by the testers. All in all, the Falken EUROWINTER HS01 received an overall mark of “Good”.
The EUROWINTER HS01 was launched in 2016, when it made its market debut at the Essen Motor Show. Since then Falken’s specialist winter tyre has come out on top in Europe’s harshest winter conditions, thanks to the cutting-edge technology of its design and construction.
The Falken EUROWINTER HS01 is available in 99 sizes from this season, spanning all the most popular dimensions. The SUV model of the winter tyre, EUROWINTER HS01 SUV, is likewise available in an expanded range of 39 sizes in time for the winter season.