Super sports tire from Continental scores with balanced performance at highest level
Auto journalists endorse “outstanding handling characteristics”
Top marks for braking in the dry, as well as for wet and dry handling
In the latest summer tire test staged by AutoBild sportscars magazine (issue 4/17), the SportContact 6 tire from Continental retained the first place it won last year. “This premium sports tire scores with outstanding handling characteristics on wet and dry asphalt. With its precise steering response, balanced dynamic handling and huge fun factor, it leapt onto the top step of the podium,” the experts wrote. Continental’s super sports tire had to demonstrate its abilities in a total of ten disciplines. The test line-up comprised nine tires in size 235/35 R 19 from European, American and Asian brands.
In the individual tests, the Continental tire scored with a balanced performance at the very highest level, reflected in top marks for braking in the dry as well as for wet and dry handling. “Fast, crisp and faultless on a wet track – the stuff champions are made of,” summed up the AutoBild sportscars testers. While the top-ranking tire harvested praise, there were also “not recommended” ratings for two tires in the test, mainly due to their handling on wet asphalt. “On the wet handling track the Chinese contender handled like a wet sponge,” complained the journalists after testing one contender.
In the SportContact 6, Continental has a super sports tire for the UHP segment in its portfolio that has made real progress compared to its predecessor, the ContiSportContact 5 P, mainly in terms of handling, precise steering response and V-max approval for up to 350 km/h as standard. To help transfer a performance uprated by as much as 14 percent in some respects to the road, the technicians at Continental have reformulated the chemical composition of the tread, and redesigned the construction of the tire. The range currently comprises 50 sizes for rims from 19 to 23 inches and is constantly being expanded.