World’s Most Energy Efficient Winter Tire, Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2, Now Available For BMW i3

DEC 15 2014 BY STAFF 7

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2

Finnish tire maker Nokian is pleased announce its own set of rubbers for the BMW i3.

The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 is a genuine winter tire designed for BMW’s i3 electric car.  The tire will go on sale in January 2015. The company says that their winter tire “combines extremely low rolling resistance, first-class grip, and exceptional driving comfort.”

According to tests, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 can reduce the rolling resistance of even electric vehicles by 30%. The energy savings gained from the lower rolling resistance increases the vehicle’s range.

*Editor’s Note: This post appears on BMWBLOG.  Check it out here.

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Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2

The new tire model’s size is1 55/70R19 84Q.

According to the EU tire label, the rolling resistance of the new model is in class A. The rolling resistance of competitors is in class C and E.

The aggressive arrow-like tread pattern, already used on the test-winning Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2, and the safety innovations that improve handling, such as the grip particles and pump sipes of the Cryo Crystal concept, ensure balanced handling and excellent winter grip, even on wet ice.

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Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2

The non-studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 (size 215/45R20 95R XL), designed for BMW’s new i8 hybrid vehicle, will be introduced in February–March 2015.

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7 Comments on "World’s Most Energy Efficient Winter Tire, Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2, Now Available For BMW i3"

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NeilBlanchard

This is good – does Nokian also make a “summer” tire for the i3? The R2’s on our Leaf are excellent.

I would love to get the i3 tires for my CarBEN project, but finding 19″ wheels are the challenge.

Brian

*Finnish, not Finish

Now that I’ve bought out my lease, I’ll be in the market for a good set of LRR winter tires for the Leaf. I hear nothing but good things about Nokia. It’s great that they’ve made one to fit the odd size of the i3.

kdawg

Beat me too it. I’m a proud Finn. SUOMI!

kdawg

Lol *to

sven

*Nokian, not Nokia

😀

Dave86

I’m on my second set of Hakkapeliittas for my little SUV. I teach skiing part time, so I’m definitely driving on a lot of snow & ice each winter. I live in the PNW where the snow and ice are often wet (not frozen dry), which makes for really slippery conditions.

First set of Hakkapeliittas were amazing – felt unstoppable. Second set, the Hakkapeliitta 7 SUV, not quite as good.

My ski buddy who I car pool with has Bridgestone Blizzaks on his SUV and they’re impressive. However, I haven’t seen him drive in all possible winter conditions like wet ice. (I get Hakkapeliittas with studs in them for wet ice.)

Worst snow tires were the Michelin X-Ice. I went sliding laterally one day with them, so they were promptly turned into summer tires.

Good luck!

an_outsider

My Spark EV has Nokkian Hakkapelitta R2 but I would love to have AWD too!
My other car has Michelin X-ice Xi3 (i3?)