This year Continental has expanded its range of summer car tires even further. The portfolio now features more than 210 new items. There are new sizes for sports cars, mid-range and luxury-class cars, minis and subcompacts. As a result, the German tire manufacturer now offers one of the world’s most extensive ranges of tires for cars, SUVs and light commercial vehicles.
With the SportContact 6, Continental has a super sports tire in its range for the high-performance sector – a tire that has a substantial edge over its predecessor, particularly in terms of handling, steering precision and high-speed capability. To put this tire's superior performance onto the road, Continental's development engineers have reformulated the chemical composition of the tread strip, redesigned the tread pattern and revamped the construction of the tire. There are almost 80 sizes available for 18 to 23-inch rims, with tire widths from 225 to 335 millimeters and aspect ratios between 45 and 25 percent. The SportContact 6 is approved for speeds of up to 350 km/h.
With the PremiumContact 6, Continental successfully bridges the gap between a sedan tire with high ride comfort and a tire for sporty models. It unites ride quality, precision steering response, maximum safety and good environmental properties in a single product. To this end, the development engineers have come up with new compounds, a new tire design that borrows from Continental’s high-tech SportContact 6 tire, and a tread pattern that offers a comfortable ride. The outcome is a product that delivers improvements in handling performance, rolling resistance, mileage and ride quality of up to 15 percent compared to its predecessor.
The PremiumContact 6 is manufactured in around 120 sizes for rims from 16 to 22 inches to fit passenger cars and SUVs. The current range covers tire widths between 205 and 325 mm with aspect ratios between 65 and 30 percent and approvals for speeds of between 210 km/h and 300 km/h.
Combining short braking distances on wet and dry roads with low rolling resistance used to be considered the ultimate challenge. In the ContiEcoContact 5, Continental has a tire that combines the two attributes with apparent ease. To achieve this, the tire developers introduced changes in all aspects of the tire. The result, combined with shorter braking distances on wet roads, is a 20 percent drop in rolling resistance and 12 percent more mileage. The ContiEcoContact 5 is manufactured for a great variety of cars with 13 to 20-inch rims. These tires come in widths from 165 to 245 millimeters and with approvals for speeds of up to 300 km/h.
Since around one third of all new European-built cars are factory-fitted with premium tires from Continental, there is also an extensive range of replacement tires available that have been produced to the car manufacturers’ specifications. These can be ordered from car dealerships as well as from tire dealers. With the SportContact 6, PremiumContact 6 and ContiEcoContact 5, Continental has the right tire for almost any needs. In the tests run by the trade press, these Continental products have scooped numerous best-in-test accolades and been awarded the highest recommendations. In the tests staged by German automobile association ADAC and by car magazines auto motor und sport and Auto Zeitung, for example, tires from the Continental Group scored top ratings, while in the test run by 4WD magazine AutoBild allrad, the ContiSportContact 5 SUV took first place.