Continental Tires New ExtremeContact Sport Summer Tire
Continental Tires New ExtremeContact Sport Summer Tire is the brands best-performing summer tire is generally considered its flagship line. But technological advancements have resulted in the ultra-high-performance (UHP) summer tire becoming better at gripping in wet conditions as well as dry. Continental is introducing an all-new tire – the ExtremeContact Sport in early 2017 – which outperforms their older UHP summer tire – the ExtremeContact DW.
Currently, most people will agree that the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is the de facto standard when it comes to ultra-high-performance summer tires. Public opinion notwithstanding, Car and Driver came to the same conclusion after conducting their own test of summer performance tires. The Conti ExtremeContact DW was placed mid-pack in the field of 9 class competitors.
Essentially, the Michelin PSS had the best balance of wet and dry performance, and above all, the best feedback under all conditions. On the flip side, they are also the most expensive in its class.
Continental put their best minds towards developing a completely new tire that features a new compound, new tread pattern, and new construction with the goal of matching the performance of the Michelin PSS without the high price tag. With input from pro-IMSA race car drivers, Continental Tire developed a UHP tire that’s duly impressive on dry pavement and remarkable in the wet, especially in wet braking. The new 2-ply sidewall, which has stiffer inserts, helps transfer steering input in the desired driving direction without compromising road comfort.
Tested against not only the current generation ExtremeContact DW tires, the new EC Sport tires were compared to other top-of-the-line performance tires from multiple brands. In side-by-side testing, Continental claims the new ExtremeContact Sport tires were measured to be quieter than the UHP tires from Bridgestone, Dunlop, Goodyear, Pirelli, and Michelin.
Additionally, a great deal of focus was placed on creating an ultra-high-performance continental tires new extremecontact sport summer tire with outstanding feedback. Predictability and feedback when approaching the limits is paramount for the driver – especially when driving and braking at high speeds. Not only does this make the continental tires new extremecontact sport summer tire a worthy track day tire but it is also valuable on the street where good road manners, comfort, and ride quality are vitally important towards making your daily drive enjoyable.
The Continental ExtremeContact Sport, available in February 2017, comes in 71 sizes, including 17 new sizes, ranging from 15–20-inch wheel diameters with a W and Y speed rating.
Rim diameter: 15 – 20 inches
Aspect ratio: 25 – 55
Speed rating: W, Y
UTQG (Uniform Tire Quality Grading) comparative ratings that measure tread, traction, and temperature for almost all passenger car tires.
Mileage warranty: 30,000 miles
Customer satisfaction trial: 60 days*
*Coverage is within the stated duration from the date of purchase or the first 2/32nds of treadwear, whichever comes first