By Andrew Williams,
The continued expansion of the 4×4 market in the UK has encouraged Continental to develop its range of tyres designed for SUVs. The company has announced the release of six new summer tyre models designed to meet the needs of all 4×4 drivers.
At the top of the range is the ContiCrossContact UHP. This is designed for powerful, high-performance vehicles, such as the Porsche Cayenne or BMW X5. It features enhanced cornering characteristics and short braking distances, and is available with V, W, Y and Z speed ratings. The ContiCrossContact UHP has already been tested at speeds up to 330km/hr.
The Conti4x4Contact gives excellent traction when on-road, and is also suited to light off-road use. It boasts prompt steering response, excellent directional stability and short braking distances. In addition its wide longitudinal and transverse tread pattern provides good water dispersal, making it resistant to aqua-planing.
For drivers of fast, powerful 4x4s Continental recommend the Conti4x4SportContact. The asymmetric tread pattern and compact outer shoulders deliver superb cornering stability, and the wide tread grooves give good water dispersion to minimise the risk of aqua-planing. The Conti4x4SportContact is fitted as original equipment on the Porsche Cayenne and other similar SUVs.
The ContiTrac SUV is the work-horse of the range. Its reinforced sidewalls make this a durable tyre, even in harsh conditions. The ContiTrac SUV features good handling on and off-road, durability and low rolling noise. This tyre is also available with distinctive white outline lettering.
The ContiCrossContact AT is designed to perform in off-road conditions while still offering a comfortable, quiet ride on-road. The strong tread compound makes the ContiCrossContact AT a very durable tyre in off-road conditions, and its open shoulders deliver safe cornering under all conditions.
For 4×4 drivers needing versatility the ContiCrossContact LX is designed to deliver good braking and handling in all terrains. The tyre uses elements from tyres designed for rugged off-road use, but also offers a quiet, controlled ride on tarmac.
Continental’s 4×4 range is offered as original equipment on a number of SUVs, including Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes and Porsche.