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Continental's Cutting-Edge Tyres Set the Benchmark for Safety and Performance


Continental's Cutting-Edge Tyres Set the Benchmark for Safety and Performance

  • Continental PremiumContact 6 wins independent summer tyre tests conducted by Auto Zeitung, AutoBild, AutoBild Allrad and AutoBild Sportscars
  • SportContact 6, Continental's super sports tyre for the ultra-high performance segment, rated best in class by sportauto

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 26 March 2019 - Continental's latest and most advanced passenger car tyres provide unparalleled safety and performance, according to the latest independent tyre tests conducted in Germany.

In a recent summer tyre test conducted by German car magazine, Auto Zeitung, the PremiumContact 6 from Continental led the field by a comfortable margin compared to eight competitor summer tyres and one all-season tyre. The test was conducted using 235/45 R18 tyres, fitted to a Skoda Superb station wagon.

Scoring a total of 277 points out of 300 and earning first place on the wet and dry road tests, the Continental tyre finished a clear 25 points ahead of its nearest rival. "Maximum safety, a high level of comfort and superior dynamic handling," summed up the Auto Zeitung testers.

The PremiumContact 6 is a passenger car and SUV summer tire for compact-class models and above. It is approved for speeds of up to 300 km/h. It is original equipment (OE) fitment for a wide range of vehicles and is approved by numerous renowned automakers for fitting ex-works.

The winning streak continued for the PremiumContact 6 in AutoBild magazine's big summer tyre test, where it was awarded the top "exemplary" rating, as well as being named "Eco-Champion." The journalists tested a total of 50 different 225/45 R17 tyres from European, American and Asian manufacturers fitted to a BMW 1-Series.

The AutoBild experts from Hamburg described the PremiumContact 6 as "a premium tyre that offers balanced, safe handling on wet roads, short wet and dry braking distances, fuel-saving rolling resistance, high mileage and good economy."

Specialist 4x4 magazine AutoBild Allrad also praised the PremiumContact 6 based on the outcome of its test of 10 different 225/55 R 17 tyres, a size suitable for compact SUVs. Amongst the offerings from Europe, America and Asia, the Continental tyre scored the highest rating: "exemplary". "Top handling properties on dry roads; short wet and dry braking distances," the magazine commented.

While AutoBild Allrad accredited most of the models tested with good safety-relevant properties, there were critical words for one product from Asia: "Cheap tyre from the Far East with marked weaknesses in the wet. Understeer on dry and wet roads, dangerously long braking distances," was the conclusion as the magazine handed out a "not recommended" rating.

Under the heading "Pitstop", AutoBild Sportscars reported on its latest summer tyre test, which evaluated 11 tyres in the 245/45 R 18 size. Once again, the PremiumContact 6 from Continental was awarded the best possible rating: "exemplary". "A balanced peak performer delivering impressive dynamic performance on wet and dry roads, steady and safe handling in the wet and dry, a precision steering response in the wet, and short wet and dry braking distances," was how the journalists summed up their findings.

The PremiumContact 6 recorded high scores for safety-relevant criteria in particular: In the dry braking, aquaplaning and wet handling tests, for example, it scored good and very good marks as it laid the foundations for the best rating that the magazine awards.

The ultra-high-performance Continental SportContact 6 also earned the highest accolades, winning the tyre test published by sportauto magazine by a substantial margin. The sports tyre from Hanover was the only one of nine contenders to score the top "highly recommended" rating.

Responsible for delivering this fine result were the tyre's balanced, sporty characteristics on wet and dry surfaces, as the Continental tyre turned in the best performance of all the products on test in both test segments. Summing up their verdict, the testers from Stuttgart wrote: "Shortest stopping distances and safe understeer in the wet; sporty, direct steering response and high dynamic stability in the dry; crystal clear feedback, outstanding directional stability and unequivocal vehicle reactions."

The test line-up included nine size 245/30 R 20 Y tires from European, American and Asian manufacturers. The test vehicle was a Honda Civic Type R. While the SportContact 6 scored the top "highly recommended" rating, one competitor was awarded "recommended" status and all the other products were rated "moderately recommended".

With the SportContact 6, Continental has a super sports tyre for the ultra-high-performance segment in its portfolio that demonstrates substantial improvements over its predecessor, primarily in terms of handling, precision steering response and high-speed capability.

To put this tyre's superior performance onto the road, Continental's development engineers reformulated the chemical composition of the tread strip, redesigned the tread pattern, and revamped the construction of the tyre. The SportContact 6 is approved for speeds of up to 350 km/h and is fitted ex-works by numerous manufacturers of sports and super sports cars.

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Jiminy-Ann Bosman

PR and Communications Manager

Continental Tyre SA (Pty) Ltd

PO Box 699, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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