Continental combines sport and comfort in PremiumContact 6 tyre.
Continental has released its new PremiumContact 6 tyre that fills the gap between a comfortable tyre and a sporty one, the company said.
Burkhard Wies, head of tyre line development for EMEA/Americas OE and replacement at Continental, explained: “The main requirement of the new PremiumContact 6 is to deliver uncompromising safety. Developing a sedan tyre that is so balanced that it can meet this demanding requirement and at the same time deliver maximum comfort and precise, dynamic handling, as well as high mileage and low rolling resistance was both a major challenge and a huge motivator.”
As a follow-up to the ContiSportContact 5 and ContiPremiumContact 5, the PremiumContact 6 for midrange sedans and SUVs uses a new crystalline silica compound for superior short braking on wet roads and improved overall breaking performance.
Continental’s chemists and engineers also improved mileage, rolling resistance and comfort through the application of an abrasion-resistant polymer compound with a supple tread pattern. As a result, the new PremiumContact 6 achieves a 15% improvement in mileage compared to its predecessor, and at the same time interior and exterior tyre/road noise is reduced by as much as 10%, the company said.
To address sporty handling, tyre developers adopted the shoulder design of the SportContact 6 tyre and combined it with an asymmetrical tread rib geometry. The design employs long shoulder blocks that support one another for additional grip. The resulting block structure in the tyre shoulder is capable of transferring very high forces – like those generated under cornering – extremely effectively, said Continental. The asymmetrical rib improves handling by 3% over the ContiSportContact 5.