In the summer tire test published in the latest issue of sportauto magazine (4/19), the SportContact 6 from Continental led the field by a substantial margin. The sports tire from Hanover was the only one of nine contenders to score the top “highly recommended” rating. Responsible for delivering this fine result were the tire’s balanced, sporty characteristics on wet and dry surfaces, as the Continental tire turned in the best performance of all tires 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 tire for the ultra-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 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 90 sizes available for 18 to 24-inch rims, with tire widths from 225 to 335 millimeters and aspect ratios between 50 and 25 percent. 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.