With the new Continental PremiumContact 6 tyre developers have succeeded in bridging the gap between a comfortable and sporty tyre. This has meant coming up with new solutions for maximum safety, high ride comfort and a tread design for superior handling. “The main requirement of the new Continental PremiumContact 6 is to deliver uncompromising safety,” says Prof. Dr. Burkhard Wies, Head of Tyre Line Development EMEA/Americas OE and Replacement at Continental. “Developing a 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.”
Like its predecessors, the ContiSportContact 5 and ContiPremiumContact 5, the new Continental PremiumContact 6 offers top-class braking performance, particularly on wet roads. The compounding experts at Continental in Hanover have come up with solutions that enable substantial progress in other tyre parameters without having to surrender the tyre’s high safety reserves. The innovations include a new synthetic amorphous silica compound for short braking distances on wet roads across all vehicle segments. On the EU Tyre Label, the new Continental PremiumContact 6 achieves the top “A” rating for wet grip.
Continental’s chemists and engineers have also broken new ground to attain the specified marked improvement in mileage, rolling resistance and comfort. The solution was to combine an abrasion-resistant polymer compound with a supple tread pattern. As a result, the new Continental PremiumContact 6 presents a 15 percent improvement in mileage compared to its predecessor, and at the same time interior and exterior tyre/road noise is down by as much as ten percent.
Along with the high requirements in terms of safety and comfort, another key development focus was on delivering sporty handling across all models of car. To this end, the tyre developers adopted the shoulder design of the high-tech SportContact 6 tyre and combined it with asymmetrical tread rib geometry. This “advanced macro-block design” employs long shoulder blocks that support one another, providing additional grip. The resultant complex block structure in the tyre shoulder is capable of transferring even very high forces, like those generated under cornering, extremely effectively. The asymmetrical rib structure in the tread delivers a similar level of performance in transferring lateral guidance forces. This endows the PremiumContact 6 with handling properties that are three percent better than those of the ContiSportContact 5.
The new PremiumContact 6 will be available from tyre dealers from early 2017 in a wide range of sizes for models from mid-range cars to SUVs. The new tyre will gradually replace its successful predecessors, the ContiPremiumContact 5 and ContiSportContact 5, both of which were high-selling models in the original equipment and replacement markets. For automakers alone, Continental supplied in the region of 400 different OE specifications.
Today, well before the product introduction, some 70 prototype tyres are already undergoing approvals testing with car manufacturers around the world. “With the new PremiumContact 6 we were out to bridge the gap between a sedan tyre with high ride comfort and a tyre for sporty cars,” explains Catarina Silva, Product Manager for the EMEA Region at Continental. “So we’ve combined the breadth of experience distilled from 145 years of tyre development with the comprehensive knowledge of driver assistance systems of our Automotive Group to meet the high expectations of our customers.”
In the new Continental PremiumContact 6, the German tyre manufacturer has set out to fulfill the ever-increasing requirements in terms of ride quality, precise steering response, maximum safety and environmental properties in a single product. To this end, the tyre development engineers have come up with new compounds, an innovative tread pattern that borrows from Continental’s high-tech SportContact 6 tyre, and a supple tyre geometry that offers high ride quality. The outcome is a product that delivers improvements of up to 15 percent in handling performance, rolling resistance, mileage and ride quality compared to its predecessor.
In sum, says Silva: “Along with our engagement as a partner to the Global NCAP’s Stop the Crash campaign, with the new PremiumContact 6 we are demonstrating our commitment to attaining the ideal balance between safety, comfort and sustainability at the highest level.”
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