By Denna Bowman
Motorists who are looking for a quiet ride will be pleased to hear that Continental tyres has announced the arrival of its latest new technology ContiSilent, which it claims ‘can reduce cabin noise by up to nine decibels’.
According to the German tyres manufacturer, automakers expect tyres that not only demonstrate top performance characteristics but are also particularly quiet, generating only what the occupants perceive as a pleasant noise level.
Continental tyres announced: “To meet these expectations, Continental has introduced a new technology that substantially reduces tyre noise inside the cabin.
“The secret of success is a coating that is bonded to the inside of the tread area after the actual tyre production process. This special layer of foam has a strong damping effect on the sound waves caused by the rolling tyre, so that no matter what surface the vehicle is driving on, the noise level reaching the cabin is up to nine decibels lower – making for a substantial improvement in the quality of the experience for the occupants.
“As all of the other tyre components and the tread pattern are adopted from standard production tyres, there are no differences in terms of performance characteristics such as braking, handling or performance in the wet.
“And there are no changes in terms of the rims or fitting process compared with standard tyres from the same product family.”
Audi is the first automaker to fit its RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback models with ContiSilent tyres from the ContiSportContact 5 P series. The Audi RS 6 Avant will be equipped with size 285/30 ZR 21 tyres while the RS 7 Sportback will feature size 275/30 ZR 21.
Like all other tyres for the Audi RS models, the ContiSilent versions will bear the additional RO1 mark on the sidewall.
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