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Tyre time: Continental Sport Contact 2 or Premium Contact 6?

Relliott6879 Mar 25, 2017

  1. Relliott6879

    Relliott6879 Active Member Team Glacier Audi A3 Audi Cabriolet Owner Group TDi

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    My front tyres are ready for replacement. The car came fitted with Continental Sport Contact 2s in 225/40/R18 Y92 flavour and I've been perfectly happy with them, in terms of wear and both wet and dry grip, so the 'easy option' would be to just have the tyre shop fit the same again.

    I notice that Continental have recently released the Premium Contact 6, however, replacing both the Sport Contact 5 and the Premium Contact 5 in the 18" size (the Sport Contact 6 is only available in 19"+ sizes) and was wondering if anyone has any experience of these? The only reviews I can find online are Continental's own and one by www.tyre-reviews.co.uk.

    My driving style is best described as 'sedate', a mixture of round-town pottering and motorway/dual carriageway cruising, certainly nothing that ever challenges grip levels (Mrs Wife being quite possibly the most travelsick person on the planet!).
     
  2. wab172uk

    wab172uk Active Member

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    Given that those 4 small contact patches are what keeps you pointing in the right direction, and on the road, I always go for premium tyres.

    Currently have Continental sport contact 6's on my S3.
    Other than those I've always had either Pirelli PZero's or Michelin Pilot Sport contacts 2 or 3's over the years on all my cars.
     
  3. S32B

    S32B Well-Known Member Team Ibis Audi A5 s tronic S-line owners group Coupe

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    Out of interest, what miles did you get before they needed changing?
     
  4. Relliott6879

    Relliott6879 Active Member Team Glacier Audi A3 Audi Cabriolet Owner Group TDi

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    The car is currently showing around 33,500 miles but I would estimate that we covered about maybe 3000 or 4000 of those on the winter wheels we had.
     
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  5. S32B

    S32B Well-Known Member Team Ibis Audi A5 s tronic S-line owners group Coupe

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    OK thanks, I'm on 14,500 now and was wondering if I'd need to buy new rubber before it gets switched...looking for a September purchase but should be under 20k so all is good....moving to the dark side as I fancy something a bit more cruisy to soak up the bumps more :)

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    Relliott6879 Active Member Team Glacier Audi A3 Audi Cabriolet Owner Group TDi

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  7. Neil C

    Neil C Active Member Team Brill Red Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi Manual

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    Under £20k on a 66 plate ?
     
  8. Neil C

    Neil C Active Member Team Brill Red Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi Manual

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    Swap car & wife for RS3 ?
    :puke2::whistle2:
     
  9. Gazwould

    Gazwould Well-Known Member

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    Sport Contact 2 is a 2012 tyre , go with the fresh out Premium Contact 6 that addresses the Continental achillies heal of wear .

    But then there's Michelin Pilot Sport 4..
     
  10. Relliott6879

    Relliott6879 Active Member Team Glacier Audi A3 Audi Cabriolet Owner Group TDi

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    Nah, I got all the fast stuff out of my system in this.

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    Anyway, about theses tyres... anyone know whether I should go for another set of Sport Contact 2s or change to Premium Contact 6s?
     
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  11. Relliott6879

    Relliott6879 Active Member Team Glacier Audi A3 Audi Cabriolet Owner Group TDi

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    I did think it a little strange that Audi supplied the SC2s on a brand new 2014 car when the SC3 and 5 were both out by then, but that's what it came with. Having said that, confusingly, you can still buy the SC2, 3, 5 and 6 brand new today! I ran Michelin PS3s on my Cougar and was very impressed with them, but I don't fancy running Michelins on one axle and Contis on the other. Maybe when the fronts are next due, the rears will be too and I'll make a complete change.
     
  12. Neil C

    Neil C Active Member Team Brill Red Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi Manual

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    And the Michelin Crossclimate.
     
  13. Tom.H

    Tom.H Well-Known Member Audi S3 Black Edition s tronic Team Ara Blue

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    Think he meant mileage under 20k
     
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    Relliott6879 Active Member Team Glacier Audi A3 Audi Cabriolet Owner Group TDi

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    I live in Gibraltar, so probably no need for the Crossclimate. The temperatures almost never drop into single figures and we certainly don't get any frost.
     
  15. Neil C

    Neil C Active Member Team Brill Red Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi Manual

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    Doh !!
    :flushed:
     
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  16. S32B

    S32B Well-Known Member Team Ibis Audi A5 s tronic S-line owners group Coupe

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    Yep :)

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  17. Shortyian

    Shortyian Active Member Team Daytona Audi A3 S-line owners group

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    Michelin Pilot Sport 4's have lots of good reviews on here - if you check tyre review websites they are rated very highly too. I have conti 5's on mine at the moment but geting pilot sport 4's fitted next week !
     
  18. Relliott6879

    Relliott6879 Active Member Team Glacier Audi A3 Audi Cabriolet Owner Group TDi

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    I've no doubt they're great, I loved my PS3s, but the rear Contis have plenty of life left in them yet and I don't want to mix brands. By the time the fronts are next due, the rears probably will be too and I may well replace all four with Michelins or whatever else is well regarded at that time. For now though I want another set of Continentals to match the rears, it's just a question of which particular model.
     
  19. Neil C

    Neil C Active Member Team Brill Red Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi Manual

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    You should always put the tyres with the most tread on the rear, so it's unlikely that you will need to replace all 4, and just end up in a circle of putting a pair of Contis on each time.
     
  20. Relliott6879

    Relliott6879 Active Member Team Glacier Audi A3 Audi Cabriolet Owner Group TDi

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    I was just going to put new ones on the front as the rears have loads of tread left. By the time another set of fronts have worn down, all four should be ready for replacement.
     

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