Goodyear Australia launches its latest Wrangler all-terrain tyres onto the Australian market – now it’s time to find out if the Goodyear Wrangler AT SilentTrac really do offer quiet performance.
Those who visited the recent Melbourne 4×4 show will have seen the Goodyear Wrangler AT SilentTrac. Officially launching this week, we were lucky enough to get a set fitted about a month ago and have been running around on them ever since. Fitted to my Amarok which I use as a daily driver, towing caravans and travelling off-road I can tell you the difference in noise levels from my original all-terrain tyres to the SilentTrac was immediately noticeable.
Speaking about the launch of the new Wrangler SilentTrac tyres, Ryan Patterson, Goodyear Asia Pacific President said: “We are ecstatic to release our latest innovation in the Asia Pacific to fulfil the needs of 4×4 drivers who want to experience excellent performance both on and off-road. As the Wrangler AT SilentTrac outperforms its predecessor, and even major competitors, we are confident that this marvellous new product will further empower our drivers to go further.”
“Our long heritage in the 4×4 segment and proven track record in developing award-winning 4×4 and SUV-tyres enabled us to create the latest Wrangler AT SilentTrac, a tyre that allows mid-value consumers to drive confidently with increased traction and toughness for an enjoyable and silent driving experience.” Ryan added.
The Goodyear Wrangler AT SilentTrac is available in 15 to 18 rim diameters in 23 sizes, including 14 for 4×4 passenger vehicles and 9 for 4×4 light truck vehicles. Tyres in the Wrangler range giveaway the intention in their name, for instance, the Wrangler AT Adventure features kevlar in the moulding and is intended to provide improved off-road protection, and these SilentTrac tyres are all about being quiet on-road and perform off it.
Some all-terrains can be very noisy on the road which is due to the tread pattern and larger gaps between the tread blocks. According to Goodyear, the Wrangler AT SilentTrac tyres have been specifically designed with road-based noise control in mind. To that end, the team at Goodyear have designed these tyres with angled blocks and solid shoulders to capture and redirect air to improve on perceived road noise. The tyres, according to Goodyear, feature a thick under tread layer with the aim of absorbing more vibration and prevent its transference into the cabin. Similarly, a larger wearable tread surface than its predecessor improves tyre longevity, with the sidewalls featuring Goodyear’s DuraWall technology which is marketing-speak for thicker gauge rubber which Goodyear tells us will improve puncture resistance.
A couple of thousand k’s of testing over the last month (fitted in 265/70 R17 to my Amarok) confirms these tyres are quieter on road and have performed well generally off-road. To the eye, the Wrangler AT SilentTrac tyres look more like a road tyre, but Goodyear assures us that just because they’re quiet doesn’t mean they won’t still perform when the going gets rough. We’ll continue to update this review regularly, so, stay tuned for the next update covering performance across a variety of terrains.
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