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Michelin Primacy 4 : a new benchmark for safety?

Michelin kicks off 2018 with the launch of the Primacy 4, a new high performance tyre that combines technology and safety with a longer than average lifespan.

Michelin Primacy 4 sidewall

Michelin releases the new Primacy 4. © Michelin

Following its surprise launch at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) last September, the Primacy 4 has now been officially released in Europe. While Michelin is known for emphasising the long life of its products, the manufacturer’s new tyre is also safety-oriented, designed to stay safe, even when worn. Michelin has already been recognised for the lasting safety of its CrossClimate + tyre, which came out top in Auto Bild magazine’s test of worn all season tyres.

Drives further, stops faster

Available in a wide range of sizes (64 to begin with), the Primacy 4 draws on Michelin’s expertise to ensure the safety of its users. For example, it is claimed that the new tyre offers superior wet braking performance thanks to a new “High Performance” rubber compound.

Tests conducted by the independent organisation Tüv Süd support this: on wet roads, the Primacy 4 delivers better braking performance than its competitors. On average, 0.9 m shorter when new, and 2.8 m shorter when the tread has worn down to 2 mm.

The new model in the Primacy range also promises to last longer than its competitors: an average of 18,000 kilometres (11,185 miles) longer, according to tests conducted by Dekra at Michelin’s request. The manufacturer also guarantees maximum performance from its tyre, right down to the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6 mm.

On the European tyre label, the Primacy 4 gets an A or B rating for wet braking in most sizes, and from A to C ratings in rolling resistance/fuel efficiency. 

The Michelin Primacy 4 is already available at selected retailers:

Buy the Michelin Primacy 4 at Black Circles

Buy the Michelin Primacy 4 at Kwik Fit

Buy the Michelin Primacy 4 at MyTyres

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