We name our No. 1 tyre

Af­ter our range of as­sess­ments, we have a win­ner

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LAUNCHED late in 2016, the Premi­um­con­tact 6 not only re­placed the Con ti pre­mium con­tact 5, but also fel­low test win­ner the Cont is port con­tact 5 in some sizes.

And Con­ti­nen­tal has done a good job of re­tain­ing the lat­ter’s sporty feel with­out com­pro­mis­ing the ride of the Con ti pre­mium con­tact 5. This was eas­ily the best driver’s tyre in the wet and dry.

There is a live­li­ness to its han­dling that no ri­val could match. Steer­ing re­sponse is swift and in the dry it had grip to spare, en­cour­ag­ing you to push harder. It re­quired less lock while set­ting test-win­ning times, too. It shared the win with Miche­lin in the dry, but the Pi­lot Sport 4 didn’t feel quite as sharp.

In the wet the Premi­um­con­tact 6 was in a league of its own, fin­ish­ing half a sec­ond ahead of run­ner-up Pirelli. That sharp­ness was still there, too, with a strong front end pulling you through turns where ri­vals just pushed wide. The tyre also al­lowed higher en­try speeds and more throt­tle to be ap­plied ear­lier.

The han­dling re­sult was re­peated in the closely linked wet cir­cle test, plus it took a close sec­ond in brak­ing. It had to give best in the deep wa­ter tests, but was closer to the win­ner in the straight aqua­plan­ing than on the curve.

Fuel econ­omy is not a main pri­or­ity for the firm, but our champ matched most ri­vals, plus was close to the best for cabin noise. It all adds up to an­other Conti win.

As well as star­ring in dry han­dling, Conti per­formed well in wet brak­ing

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