Continental Tyre PJ Malaysia Sdn Bhd has just launched two of their latest Malaysian-designed tyres – the Dunlop Formula D05 and Dunlop SP Sport J5. The tyres have been meticulously engineered to deliver superior grip performance in wet conditions, and they both make for a combined total of 45 rubbers of varying profiles.

Dunlop SP Sport J5 (4)

One of the two tyres launched, as mentioned earlier, is the SP Sport J5. Offered in sizes ranging from 12 to 15 inches with up to 17 series profiles (refer to table below), its grooves, sipes and tie-bar design is engineered to disperse water as quickly as possible. Its made of full silica compound and Continental claims that it gives better rolling resistance, reduces noise and improves handling in both wet and dry conditions compared to the model its replacing.

155/70 R12 185/65 R14 205/65 R15 185/60 R15 175/50 R15
175/70 R13 175/65 R15 165/60 R13 195/60 R15
185/70 R14 185/65 R15 165/60 R14 205/60 R15
175/65 R14 195/65 R15 185/60 R14 165/55 R14

 

Dunlop Formula D05 (3)

The other model – Dunlop Formula D05 is catered for wheels of larger diameter, from 15 to 18 inches and is offered in 28 articles (refer to table below). It’s technically engineered the same way as the Sport J5 tyre, but its grooves and overall look is entirely different. Its better looks aside, the D05 features an Edge-Effect design which reduces the possibility of aquaplaning by maximising rubber-to-road contact.

205/40 R17 215/45 R18 225/50 R17 205/55 R17
225/40 ZR18 225/45 R17 225/50 ZR18 215/55 R17
235/40 ZR18 225/45 ZR18 235/50 R18 225/55 R17
245/40 R18 195/50 R15 185/55 R15 235/55 R18
205/45 R16 195/50 R16 185/55 R16 195/60 R16
205/45 R17 205/50 R16 195/55 R15 215/60 R16
215/45 R17 215/50 R17 205/55 R16 215/60 R17

 

Because it’s designed in Malaysia for Malaysians, both these Dunlop tyres come with a truly innovative feature to help its customers monitor tyre wear. As you can see from the picture below, the tyres come stamped with several ‘rain or shine’ icons as its Tyre Wear Indicator (TWI) on the outer tread. This eliminates the conventional method of inserting a coin to measure the grooves’ depth.

Dunlop Formula D05 (2)

It works exactly like how it sounds. The tread depth when it’s brand new measures at 8mm thick, but when it reduces down to 3 mm, the ‘rain’ icon will disappear, indicating the need for a replacement should you be driving under wet conditions. However, performance in dry conditions continues until the tread wears down to 1.6 mm – that’s when you should really get your tyres replaced. Do keep in mind that these tyres are said to last up to 60,000 km, so be sure to periodically check on the TWI.

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Dunlop SP Sport J5

 

Dunlop Formula D05


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