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All About Noise Cancelling Tyres (Quiet Tyres)

noise cancelling tyres : quiet tyres

Noise-cancelling tyres are the ones which produce very low or no noise at high speeds. With the modern car technology focussing on reducing the various noises coming into the cabin from the engine, panels, etc., the occupants have started to experience more serene rides. However, the insulation work on car parts have made car cabin quieter than before, but in due course, the noise from tyres has become more evident. Tyre makers have been working on various innovative technologies and techniques to bring down the noise levels of the tyres.


The technology

Among the tyre makers, Pirelli has been a torchbearer with its recent breakthrough technology for the noise-cancelling tyres. The Pirelli Noise Cancelling System (PNSC) reduces the noise and vibrations created by tyres on the road. Known as the tyre cavity noise, Pirelli’s technology uses a sound-absorbing sponge which substantially decreases the amount of noise and vibration filtering inside the cabin.

Goodyear too has developed the same technology where a cushion is deployed between the tyre wall and the wheel to decimate the air creating vibration when the vehicle moves. Christened as SoundComfort Technology in Goodyear’s books, it functions in the same manner as Pirelli’s.

Here are the names that each manufacturer likes to call its noise-cancelling tyre technology;

  • Bridgestone – B-Silent
  • Dunlop – Noise Shield Technology
  • Continental – ContiSilent
  • Hankook – Sound Absorber
  • Michelin – Acoustic Technology


How to identify whether a tyre is silent or noisy?

Tyre makers are increasingly working on technologies to help reduce tyre noise. The tyre engineers/designers are now crafting tread patterns which avoid creating harmonics and disrupt airflow. To verify which tyres are noise-free yourself, keep in mind the below tips.

Tyres having circumferential, continuous ribs with straight grooves in between or the ones which have smaller blocks are a good fit for quieter tyres. Other options for such tyres would be ones with softer rubber composition, narrower tyre sizes or the one with a reinforced shoulder which stabilizes tread blocks. You can also go for a tyre having asymmetrical tread blocks which create multiple pitch patterns or the one which has sipes inside the grooves to decimate airflow.


Tyre factors that create noise

There are several sources which contribute to the tyre noise. Similar to a drum, there is only one air section inside the tyre. Once the tyre rolls, it starts creating a low-frequency sound like a “hum”. Not only the air chamber inside the tyre but the airflow and tread pattern too also play a vital role. Whether the tyres carry uniform tread blocks or dissimilar ones, they will produce a sound. The former creates a more recognisable whining sound, known as harmonic noise, whereas the latter produces a sound which gets cancelled within the treads and is barely audible to the human ear.

Similarly, tyres with tall tread blocks also create noise as the air circulates within the grooves and large gaps. Even the tyres of vehicles carrying heavy loads tend to produce high levels of noise. In the same manner, tyres wearing out unevenly due to misalignment or wheel imbalance or any other reason also contribute to the tyre noise. Moreover, the tyres nearing their tread end-life are also reported to produce disturbing sound as the rubber between the steel belts inside and the road is less.


Why choose noise-cancelling tyres?

If you are someone who likes to have a comfortable and peaceful journey (which most of us do), you don’t have an option but to go for the noise-cancelling tyres. With quieter cabins, the user can take full advantage of the features/equipment list offered by a car manufacturer inside the cabin. Often customer reviews have spoken about how they have to lower the volumes of their in-car entertainment system after putting noise-free or silent tyres in their vehicles. Apart from their low levels of noise, they contribute to better ride and comfort handling of the car.

Some premium tyres with a considerably quieter run on the roads include Bridgestone Turanza T001/T005, Goodyear GT3, Michelin Primacy, Continental Conti Sport Contact 5P, and several others.

8 thoughts on “All About Noise Cancelling Tyres (Quiet Tyres)”

  • I have a new VW Tiguan Elegance which is fitted with Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 235/50 R19 99V tyres.
    I’m very pleased with the SUV in general but what I’m not at all happy about is the amount of cabin road noise I get from the front tyres( front wheel drive).
    I’ve taken this up with the dealership I bought the car from but there response was this is the characteristics of this car !!!
    Having spent this much on a new car I’m incredibly disappointed and don’t feel I should put up with it !
    So the dealership have finally agreed to pay half of what it costs to replace the two front tyres.
    I’ve been reading up on noise cancelling tyres and would be very great full for some advice on which manufactures of these tyres are the best and do they actually make that much difference?
    My experience of having this as my first new car since retiring is very disappointing.
    Any help or advice would be much appreciated.
    Thank you,

  • I have the same problem with my 2018 Honda HR-V. Awful car just because of road noise/roar. Swapping to Bridgestone Turanza Quiettrack next week I think. Fingers crossed.

  • I have kia carens 2022 model now I want replace the all 4 tyres .. I m searching a more comfort, and noiseless tyres .. pls suggest me best tyres

  • It would be very helpful if you were to highlight which tyres, from the manufacturers mentioned above, actually incorporate this sound damping technology. I have looked on Continental’s and Pirelli’s websites and even then I cannot see which tyres employ this technology. I suspect though, that it may only be use in just the high performance tyres.

    • Hi John,

      Yes, you are right. It is only in the high-performance tyres from these manufacturers. Unfortunately, even we do not have the information regarding which patterns by name are incorporated with this technology.


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