RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.—Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. has released the Falken Wildpeak H/T02 that offers improved treadwear and wet performance for pickup trucks.
The new entry offers 27 percent better treadlife, 20 percent more durability (especially in LT sizes), a 19 percent improvement in snow traction, 12 percent better wet performance and a 5 percent improvement in dry handling versus its predecessor, the HT01.
Designed with rigid tread blocks and a rugged upper sidewall, the Wildpeak H/T02 meets the needs of light truck owners who demand performance and hard work from their vehicles, whether working on the construction site or towing on the open highway, the company said.
"We didn't want to develop another typical highway terrain tire," said Drew Howlett, product manager for LT/SUV/CUV tires. "We wanted to build a tire that could support the most powerful and capable trucks on the road today. That's why all LT sizes of the H/T02 were rigorously tested and developed using the latest ¾-ton diesel pickups. We pushed our heavy duty tire construction to the limits, so as a testament to the H/T02's toughness and durability, all LT-size offerings feature an 'HD' badge on the tire's sidewall."
The Wildpeak H/T02 features a 70,000-mile tread life warranty (50,000 miles for HD sizes) and Falken's road hazard protection, offering free replacement for any damage that occurs during the first two years or within the first 3/32nds of tread life, whichever comes first.
The tire is available in 38 sizes ranging from 15- to 22-inch rim diameters. Sumitomo said 30 sizes are made in its Buffalo, N.Y., plant and eight others at the company's factories in Japan and Thailand.