Continental ContiSportContact 5 review
What is it?
The Continental ContiSportContact 5 is a max performance summer tire originally designed for original equipment use on the Mercedes-Benz SLK350 Roadster. Now available in various sizes and compatible with a number of performance-oriented vehicles.
The ContiSportContact 5 aims to increase performance, efficiency and treadlife over its predecessor, the ContiSportContact 3.
Strengths and weaknesses?
The ContiSportContact 3 brought notable performance and comfort improvements over the ContiSportContact 2. We expect a similar jump forward with the ContiSportContact 5.
Unfortunately though, data indicates treadlife is reportedly still somewhat limited with the ContiSportContact 5.
How does the ContiSportContact 5 compare?
Well within the better half of the max performance tire category when it comes to outright performance, but treadlife remains a demerit.
In an informative 2014 EVO magazine tire test, the ContiSportContact 5 placed first out of ten performance tires tested. In that test, the ContiSportContact 5 bested accomplished and proven contemporaries like the Pirelli P Zero, and even more extreme performance options like the Yokohama Advan Neova AD08.
Anything else to know?
Yes, along with the suspect treadlife, the cost premium of the ContiSportContact 5 over the Continental ExtremeContact DW is a problem. We think the ExtremeContact DW is the best all-around tire in the max performance summer class. Early indications are that you'll be paying notably more for the ContiSportContact 5, but not getting much more performance, more treadlife, more of anything...
And of course, there's the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, which is also certainly worthy of consideration in this price bracket.
We're not saying that the ContiSportContact 5 is a poor choice; not at all. However, is it the best choice in a tire class with can't-miss options? We're not convinced.
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