Hankook Kinergy 4S2 is a directional passenger tire meant to ensure maximum driving safety in any time of the year. This tire was developed specifically for year-round operation in European countries with mild winter weather conditions. A 2018 model.
The Hankook Kinergy 4S2 has replaced the Hankook Kinergy 4S Н740 model, manufactured since 2014. Unlike its predecessor, the new model received a symmetrical directional tread design, which, by the way, is used for the first time in an all-season tire of this Korean brand, in spite of the fact that this is already the fifth generation of such tires.
Optimization of the tread pattern allowed the tire technologists not only to improve the tire’s dry and wet handling response, but also significantly reduce its stopping distance in various weather conditions.
The Kinergy 4S2 model is characterized by extra stiffness, precise steering response, and reliable traction. The high level of the tire’s rigidity is ensured by a massive block structure and a special arrangement of the tread blocks. Hankook’s tire technologists guarantee that the tire’s braking capabilities do not depend on the temperature conditions, while the shoulder blocks also provide sufficient lateral grip that improves handling response.
The directional tread pattern is one of the keystones of safe driving on wet roads. The V-shaped design of the Hankook H750 Kinergy 4S 2, composed of alternating blocks pointed towards the center ensures excellent road holding ability not only on dry pavement but also when driving in the rain.
The wide two-level lateral drainage grooves, assisted by two circumferential grooves, quickly dispel water from the contact area, increasing the tire’s hydroplaning resistance and improving its mud traction.
Additional wet grip delivered by the Hankook Kinergy 4S2 is ensured by the tread compound that contains high-dispersion silica and ingredients derived from natural recyclable materials. One should note that this combination of natural and synthetic components also made a positive difference to the dry traction, delivered by the tire.
Another feature that optimizes traction and increases the Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 contact area with snow are the 3D sipes that run horizontally through the central blocks of the tread. Pointed towards each other, the wavy lamellas reduce the braking distance on snow, and also, however counterintuitive this might seem, mitigate wear under high loads and temperatures.
The model also features so-called Winter Tread Wear Indicators, or WTWI. They are located inside the Kinergy 4s2 tread grooves and allow the motorist to quickly assess the condition of the tire.
The fact that the Hankook Kinergy 4S2 H750 all-season tire is indeed suited for use on snow-covered roads is confirmed by the 3PMSF (three peak mountain snowflake) sign on its sidewall.