BMW’s latest M, the most powerful to date and the first ever M5 to use all wheel drive, also comes with bespoke Pirelli P Zero tires wrapped around the 20-inch alloy wheels.
The Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli, which is fulfilling the role of being Formula 1’s sole tire supplier, is seemingly taking advantage of the high-tech experience gained there as more and more carmakers are looking to harness their prowess into tailor-made tires for their road cars. For example, BMW’s new M5 is packing new P Zero rubber specifically developed for it, carrying special compound featuring polymers that were originally envisioned for the queen competition of motorsport. According to the tire manufacturer, no matter the mode – xDrive or RWD – the high-performance midsize sedan comes with a “high level grip and good performance in wet conditions.”
They further explain how during development engineers worked to balance properly the front and rear axles – the solution was to use different layered constructions for the front and rear carcasses, while the contours of the P Zero tires were specifically modified to perfectly fit the wheel rim. The M5 uses 20-inch alloy wheels at both axles with 275/35 ZR 20 (102Y) XL and 285/35 ZR 20 (105Y) XL tires, respectively. BMW and Pirelli worked together on development and testing, with the tires based on the new version of the P Zero released in spring last year. Pirelli has also worked for bespoke versions of its tires on the winter tires for McLaren’s Sports Series, as well as the exclusive P Zero UHP (Ultra High Performance) developed for the Hyundai i30 N.