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Continental wins 2017 Motor Tyre Test

By MOTOR staff, 10 May 2017 Car Advice

Continental wins 2017 Motor Tyre Test

Looking for a new shoes for your performance car? Motor magazine’s gruelling annual assessment of performance tyres has identified a clear winner

With winter coming you might be looking for a high-performance tyre with excellent wet-weather characteristics, fortunately our friends at Motor have burned through plenty of rubber to help you find the best.

The Motor Tyre Test is an annual quest to find the best high performance tyres in Australia via rigorous wet and dry road testing.

This year’s winner is the Continental ContiSportContact 5P which showed consistent excellence across the five test disciplines including slalom, wet slalom, dry braking, wet braking and figure eight at the hands of test driver, V8 Supercar enduro racer Warren Luff.


The Continental’s wet-weather performance proved decisive, with the ContiSportContact 5P securing first place in the wet braking test and second in terms of wet lateral G force.

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It also performed well on dry tarmac, with a third place in the dry slalom, second in the figure-eight and first for stopping in the dry.


The size tyre year was 235/35 R19 on lightweight rims fitted to a Ford Focus RS.

Luff praised the Continental’s consistency “front-to-back, and lively with a bit of edge. Great wet-weather performance, too.”

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In the final results, the Continental’s score of nine (lower being better as first place in each discipline scores one, second two and so on) narrowly beat the Michelin Pilot Super Sport (14) and the Pirelli P Zero (15). 

To see the full results of this year’s Tyre Test, pick up a May 2017 copy of MOTOR, or keep an eye on motormag.com.au.