This year Continental has expanded its range of summer car tyres even further, with the new portfolio now featuring over 200 new items. There are new sizes across sports cars to compact city cars. As a result, the German tyre manufacturer now offers one of the world’s most extensive ranges of tyres for cars, SUVs and light commercial vehicles.
With the PremiumContact 6, Continental successfully bridges the gap between a tyre with high ride comfort and a tyre for more sports orientated models. It unites ride quality, precision steering response, maximum safety and good environmental properties in a single product. The development engineers have come up with new compounds - creating a new tyre design taken from the SportContact 6 and tread pattern that offers an improved 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 120 sizes for rims from 16-22 inches. The current range covers tyre widths between 205 and 325 mm with aspect ratios between 30 and 65 percent and approvals for speeds of between 130 mph and 186 mph.
With the SportContact 6, Continental boasts a super sports tyre for the high-performance sector – a tyre that has a substantial edge over its predecessor, particularly in terms of handling, steering precision and high-speed capability. Continental's development engineers have reformulated the chemical composition of the tread strip, redesigned the tread pattern and revamped the construction of the tyre.
There are almost 80 sizes available for 18-23 inch rims, with tyre widths from 225 to 335 millimeters and aspect ratios between 25 and 45 percent. The SportContact 6 is approved for speeds of up to 218 mph.
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 tyre that combines the two attributes with ease. The tyre developers introduced changes in all aspects of the tyre. 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 breadth of cars from 13-20 inch rims, widths of 165 to 245 millimeters and with approvals for speeds of up to 186 mph.
Since around one third of all new European-built cars are factory-fitted with premium tyres from Continental, there is also an extensive range of replacement tyres available that have been produced to the car manufacturers’ specifications. These can be ordered from local retailers as well as from car dealers. With the SportContact 6, PremiumContact 6 and ContiEcoContact 5, Continental has the right tyre for almost any needs. In tyre UK tests, Continental products continue to scoop best-in-test accolades – with the PremiumContact 5 currently holding the Auto Express 2017 best summer tyre. The Sport Contact 6 gained pole position in its first UK tyre test, winning the 19 inch 2016 EVO summer tyre test – boasting very strong wet and dry handling.