The Wintrac xtreme is the first winter tyre to be developed in partnership with Giugiaro Design. Aggressive, firm lines give the W-shaped tread its powerful appeal. Sipe technology was a priority for Vredestein in the design of the Wintrac xtreme. Optimum Silica Processing™ (OSP™) technology is incorporated in the fabrication of the tread compound, enhancing the winter performance and improving grip on wet surfaces. In addition, the equal distribution of pressure across the contact area ensures an even wear pattern, and low noise levels throughout the life-span of the tyre.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
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.
Wintrac xtreme tyre review
Average based on 1,420 test results
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26.08.2015fromE Mcloughlin This is my third set of these tyres (I cant compare to anything else). Very good tyres for winter conditions, and even very good for wet conditions all year round. Good middle range tyre.
23.06.2015fromLesley As indicated above have run these three for years and over 80000 miles on this car and more on my previous car and they're unbeatable all round and I use them all year round.
09.06.2015fromRob Best winter tyre there is at a sensible price. V, quiet and great in the wet.
19.04.2015fromLee Great in snow and icy conditions (have purchased these before), but noticeably poorer than standard tyres outwith winter conditions.