Tue October 8 11:00 am 2019 in categories Product news, Company news

Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 and Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3: Next-generation winter tires offer safety in any weather

The Hakkapeliitta winter tires from the world's northernmost tire manufacturer offer safety and peace of mind in any winter weather. The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 studded tire, designed for use on light trucks, is the world's first tire with stainless steel studs. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 and Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV are next-generation non-studded winter tires that strike a perfect balance between driving comfort and safety.

The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 and Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 bring winter safety to a new level. The Hakkapeliitta LT3, which works best on pickup trucks and high-powered all-wheel drive vehicles, offers extreme grip and performance. The Hakkapeliitta R3 is your reliable partner for passenger cars and SUVs, regardless of the weather.

Nokian Tyres' strong reputation on the winter tire market is based on continuous product development and testing. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 carries on the legacy of its predecessor, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT2, while offering even better handling. The new tire's numerous technological innovations make it durable and ensure state-of-the-art grip on both snow and ice. The key innovation is the Arctic Stud Concept based on a new stud model and material.

– We are making use of modern stud technology in the Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3. The tire has the world's first stainless steel studs that prevent corrosion and enable the tire to last longer than usual on salted roads, says Head of Product Management Marko Saari from Nokian Tyres.

In order to improve durability, the stud length has been increased to 13 millimeters on the Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3, while the tread depth has been increased up to 13.5 millimeters – and up to 14.5 millimeters on the higher load index models (>121). The strong LT body structure, heavy duty Arctic Grip rubber compound, and impact-resistant Aramid Sidewall Technology ensure, for their part, that the tire can perform good in any situation.

The speed rating for the Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 is Q (160km/h). The tire's size selection contains 16 products between 16 and 20 inches.

Non-studded tires are perfect for temperatures near zero

The world's northernmost tire manufacturer has a comprehensive selection of winter tires for different needs and vehicles.

– Nokian Tyres offers more than 500 high-quality winter tire options for the winter season. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta winter tire family is a comprehensive range of products that offer safety and driving comfort in any winter weather. The tires perform well on ice, snow, and wet roads alike, Saari says.

– Our Nokian Nordman range is suitable for drivers looking for optimal value for money in a price bracket lower than that of premium tires. You can easily discover the best winter tire alternatives for your vehicle by using the registration number search on the Nokian Tyres website.

Nokian Tyres' most advanced non-studded winter tire is the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3, which took second place in Tuulilasi magazine's (10/2019) test. In particular, the magazine commended the tire's grip on snow and ice. The tire also achieved the test's best braking results on wet asphalt at zero-degree temperatures.

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 and Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV are next-generation non-studded winter tires that strike a perfect balance between driving comfort and safety. The various sipes of the Arctic Sense Grip concept and the Cryo Crystal 3 grip particles combine to provide excellent grip on ice and balanced handling on snow and wet roads alike. The small, biodegradable particles in the rubber compound act similarly to studs, improving lateral and longitudinal grip on icy roads in particular.

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 has a speed rating of R (170 km/h), while profiles of 45 and lower have a speed rating of T (190 km/h). The comprehensive size selection includes nearly 70 products between 14 and 21 inches, and low rolling resistance makes the tire very fuel efficient.

Test-winning twin studs improve safety

Drivers value safety in all conditions. Ivalo is home to White Hell, Nokian Tyres' winter tire testing center, which is the largest and most versatile facility in the world. It has been put to use in carefully ensuring that the Nokian Hakkapeliittas are suitable for extreme conditions.

The company's product range offers several consumer favorites, such as the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 that utilizes advanced stud technology and offers extreme winter grip. The champion of extreme winter weather is also the winner of multiple tests.

Tekniikan Maailma (17/2019) gave special praise to the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 for its excellent grip on ice: "The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 offers very good ice grip and predictable handling. The tire steers precisely and calmly, even past the grip limit."

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 employs the industry's first-ever patented twin stud technology: two different types of studs in one. The innovation provides excellent cornering grip and braking power. The studs on the tire edges maintain grip during cornering and lane changes, while the studs in the center area maximize grip during braking and acceleration. 

More, safer miles

All Nokian Hakkapeliitta winter tires come with the familiarHakka Guarantee that helps drivers in case of tire puncture. The guarantee is free and can be activated immediately after purchase. Another handy feature is the tread depth indicator that shows tire wear. Once the snowflake symbol has worn off, there are less than four millimeters of tread remaining and you should replace your tires.

Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 – Peace of mind for winter work 

  • Safety and reliability for extreme winter conditions
  • The world's first stainless steel studs allow the tire to last longer on salted roads
  • Support and stability for heavy loads

Read more:

New Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3: Peace of mind for winter work

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 and Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV: Northern comfort

Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9: Technological innovations in this winter's new tire

Nokian Hakkapeliitta C3: Durable new studded tire for vans and delivery vehicles

Nokian Hakkapeliitta CR3: Economical non-studded winter tire for Northern roads

Further information:

Nokian Tyres plc  

Product Marketing Manager Teemu Sainio, tel. +358 10 401 7296, [email protected]