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Nokian Z is a tyre for top-speed driving that combines excellent wet grip, precise controllability and clean rubber compounds. The design of the tyre has concentrated on safety under extreme situations and environmental friendliness.
The layer beneath the tread compound reduces rolling resistance and heat emission and strengthens the tyre’s structure. The tyre wears evenly and maintains its good properties throughout its useful life.
The acoustically optimised tread pattern and the noise cavities of the main grooves dampen tyre noise, making it pleasant.
With its extremely good wet grip, the rubber compound on the shoulder areas provides more effective grip when braking and cornering and ensures safety in extreme situations.
The European Union has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.
Z tyre review
Average based on 297 test results
Grip in dry conditions
Braking in dry conditions
Grip in wet conditions
Braking in wet conditions
Grip in snow
Internal noise level
10.08.2012fromPedro Great tyre. Requires a little bit more air pressure than the recommended for the car.
30.07.2010fromPP Very reliable, both in wet and dry conditions. But after 5000km the noise level is terrible. With this price there are better choices.
30.07.2010fromMr Grundy High end tyre at a budget price without any compromise.
28.07.2010fromR Codd Noise level is spoiling car and wear pattern is poor. Actually took car to have new wheel bearings fitted as the pulsating drone was so bad, but no problem with car just the tyres. Very disappointed thought I'd found a good all-rounder.