CON­TI­NEN­TAL Con­tiS­portCon­tact 5

Motor (Australia) - - MEGA TEST -

IT’S AC­TU­ALLY pretty hard to ar­tic­u­late just how much work goes into mak­ing sure that the re­sults for this test are as good as we can phys­i­cally make them. Un­less some­one out there has ac­cess to a very large, cli­mate-con­trolled shed that’s equipped to run a level-five au­ton­o­mous car at top speed, it’s worth re­mind­ing that this is a real world test – and we con­trol or at least fac­tor-in the vari­ables as tightly as we can – but that means there will al­ways be minute va­garies in test­ing pro­ce­dures.

How­ever, this year’s test­ing – the re­sult of fine­tun­ing the method­ol­ogy be­hind the event, as well as the con­sis­tency of the team who have been to­gether for some time now – re­ally is as ob­jec­tive as it can be.

And there is lit­tle doubt about the win­ner. The Con­ti­nen­tal Con­tiS­portCon­tact 5 nailed three sil­vers and two golds to claim 2017 Tyre Test hon­ours.

“Con­sis­tent front to back, and lively with a bit of an edge,” Wazza said of the Con­ti­nen­tals. “Great wetweather per­for­mance, too.”

In­ter­est­ingly, the Miche­lin Su­per Sport and Pirelli P Zero were sep­a­rated by a sin­gle point. Even with the dis­tinct dif­fer­ence in scores be­tween the dry and wet test set, the two tyres fin­ished with a small dif­fer­ence. The Pirelli couldn’t quite match the Miche­lin’s per­for­mance in the dry tests, but a low score in the wet tests from the French tyre meant it couldn’t capi­tilise on its dry-weather prow­ess.

Kumho climbed to the top of the Asian-sourced heap in fourth over the Hankook, while the de­fend­ing champ Dun­lop fell to sixth. The Goodyear Ea­gle fin­ished sev­enth, the Maxxis and Nexen equal eighth.

Ul­ti­mately, the king is dead. Long live the new king: the Con­tiS­portCon­tact 5.

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