Michelin Introduces the Defender LTX M/S

Posted by: Bernard Winkelmann onSeptember 15th, 2015

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Albertans love to haul stuff, whether it’s dirt, furniture or people. 80% of all vehicles sold in Alberta during 2012 were trucks, SUVs and minivans. This just so happens to be the target market for the latest truck tire offering from Michelin. The new tire is called the Defender LTX M/S. It’s an evolution of the LTX M/S2 that has enjoyed immense success for Michelin. The LTX M/S2 is the best selling truck tire they offer and it doesn’t even appear on any vehicles straight from the factory. The LTX M/S2 has sold on reputation alone. It comes with a 115,000 km warranty and many owners far exceed that distance, but that wasn’t good enough for Michelin or its consumers. The Defender LTX M/S has the same warranty and is expected to outlast the long lasting LTX M/S2.

In the last 20 years, torque produced by diesel pickup trucks has steadily climbed into the stratosphere. In 1994, the second generation Dodge Ram with the Cummins Turbo Diesel started with 420 lb/ft of torque. By 2002, with a doubling of the number of valves, the same truck came with 505 lb/ft. 5 years later, the Ram 2500 / 3500 came with 650 lb/ft from the factory. For 2015, the HD Ram came with 865 lb/ft and 2016 has pushed that number to 900 lb/ft. My guess is that by 2020, we will see 1000 lb/ft. Even the Gasoline trucks are pushing 430 lb/ft.



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