Improving driving safety in all winter conditions.
The optimised Nordic Matrix compound consists of silica, oil and carbon black to provide a higher overall performance level. The silica improves performance on wet surfaces, the added oil makes for better handling in winter conditions, while the carbon black facilitates a superb mileage. All in all, the tyre's new matrix is especially well optimised for Nordic roads.
The tyre's optimised directional pattern improves handling during slushplaning and aquaplaning, since this enables water and slush to be displaced more effectively out of the pattern.
The sipes around the pattern interlock in the left and right driving directions to provide a better grip. The VanContact™ Viking is also equipped with snow catchers within its grooves: loose snow from the road's surface gets collected inside these grooves. This improves the snow-snow traction, which leads to enhanced handling and a better braking performance in all driving situations on snow and ice.
The wet grip rating indicates how well the tire will perform in wet conditions, with performance graded from class A down to class E. A high grade means short braking distances on wet roads.
Reduced rolling resistance saves fuel and cuts CO2 emissions. Class A tires deliver the best fuel efficiency, with fuel consumption increasing for each subsequent class through to E.
This is the external rolling noise generated by the tire, measured in decibels. The label shows the noise level rated in classes from A to C.
In addition to these three label values, there are also pictograms − if applicable − relating to performance in severe snow conditions (3PMSF) and/or grip in icy conditions (the latter applies to passenger car tires only).
With the EU label generator, you can access the specific label values for your Continental tires.
For further details on the new EU Tire Label (2020/740) please click here.