By Denna Bowman
Continental tyres have have come out tops in the Autocar rear wheel drive tyre test 2010 with the ContiSportContact 3.
The ultra high performance tyre proved its rear wheel drive capabilities in the test conducted on a Mercedes C280.
On the dry handling track, Autocar said: “The clear winner was the Continental SportContact 3s. Not only did they provide the fastest lap time, but also the smallest variance in times… Contis had good grip and great traction exiting corners.”
The magazine tested the 225/45R17 in Uvalde, Texas. They chose a range of competitors from the main premium brands representing the tyres available in the UK market today.
The team tested tyres to the limit across a range of measured disciplines including wet braking, dry braking, straight and curved aquaplaning and rolling resistance. As well as wet and dry handling tests at the track, they considered the tyres purchase price.
Scott Benbow, Continental product manager, said: “We are so pleased with this result.
“ContiSportContact 3 has displayed its prowess in a number of disciplines. Of the two rear wheel drive tests conducted by UK magazines this year, this win means it has been a clean sweep for the ContiSportContact 3 which proves what a great performance tyre it is.”
Autocar also tested 205/55R16 on a front wheel drive VW Golf although not a winner, the ContiPremiumContact 2 finished a close second, missing out on top spot by just 1.5 points. On the ContiPremiumContact 2 test, Autocar said: “Beyond the Continental’s speed, what defined these tyres the best was that they felt the most secure.”
The ContiPremiumContact 2 shone in the individual tests winning the wet braking, wet handling and dry braking.