Product description & features
The Michelin Alpin 6 is a winter tyre developed to provide excellent grip on snow - when new and when worn.
Michelin have designed the Alpin 6 to keep motorists mobile in all weather and road conditions. The Michelin Alpin 6 tread features a 'snow chamber' at the base of the grooves, this helps to retain snow and there for improve the traction and grip when driving in snowy conditions.
A 'Traction Booster' tread compound has been used in the construction of the Alpin 6 - with a specially developed blend. This keeps the tyre flexible in freezing conditions - allowing the tyre to contour to the surface of the road and improve grip.
What are winter tyres?
Winter tyres have been developed to perform best during the colder winter months - when the outside temperatures drop below 7 degrees Celsius.
How can I tell a winter tyre is suitable for winter weather?
The tyre features the EU sanctioned 3PMSF marking - Three Peak Mountain Snowflake:
This accolade was introduced to be an easily recognisable symbol which displays that the tyre has passed standardised, controlled, and, rigorous tests. It confirms the winter suitability of a tyre.
How does a winter tyre perform better in winter?
The compound of a winter tyre contains a higher natural rubber content - helping the tyre to remain flexible in freezing weather and conform to the road surface.
The grooves of winter tyres are typically wider to channel snow and water. The latest generation also have smaller shoulder grooves to improve snow and ice traction.
Can I use winter tyres all year round?
Although winter tyres can be used in other conditions, their performance will not be as efficient as they have been optimised to perform in temperatures under 7°C.
There is also a risk of a winter tyre’s wear rates increasing when drive on in warm temperatures, due to the high silica and natural rubber compound.
We recommend that winter tyres should be fitted as a full set of 4.
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