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New winter tyres for compact and mid-size cars. The new ContiWinterContact TS 850 will hit the road with a multitude of innovative technical features. It offers even better grip than its predecessor on typical wintry roads, as well as shorter braking distances in the wet, enhanced handling, extended mileage and a further reduction in rolling resistance. To make the tyre safer, more cost-efficient and eco-friendlier, Continental engineers making sure all of the winter tyre’s structural parts are truly state-of-the-art.
Improved braking performance on snow, ice and wet roads
Excellent driving stability in all winter conditions
More economical thanks to reduced rolling resistance and increased running performance
For compact and medium range vehicles. The perfect tyre for cold and wet weather conditions. Engineered in Germany, Continental offers premium tyres with optimum braking performance and safety. Improved braking performance on snow, ice and wet roads. Multiple testwinner in independent magazine tests, e.g. Auto Motor Sport (issue 20/2013, 225/50 R17) or ADAC 'good' (Issue 10/2013, 225/45 R 17)
Optimal braking and steering in winter conditions. A high number of block edges and sipes increase traction and braking performance on snow and ice. At the same time, more edges are available to transfer lateral forces when negotiating bends or changing lanes at high speed. This ensures perfect handling and outstanding grip even in extreme driving situation.
Short stopping distances on ice. Thanks to a high degree of lamination, additional sipe edges break through the thin water film that forms on the ice in a similar way to a windscreen wiper. This results in outstanding braking performance, helping you to come to a stop faster.
Comfortable ride and improved rolling resistance. By using a harder apex and additional bead reinforcement, lateral forces can be better transferred when steering. Thanks to the more flexible sidewall area, less energy is lost when deflecting or rebounding. This results in a noticeably more comfortable drive, perfect handling and less rolling resistance.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.
ContiWinterContact TS 850 tyre review
Average based on 221 test results
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12.04.2021fromDavid Farquhar We had 5 days of heavy snow and this proved that winter tyres work as I could keep going compared to other 4X4 dive on standard tyres. If you have to drive you are definitely safer
29.03.2020fromDavid Very good in deep snow can not fault them especially for the tyre size
06.05.2019fromPeter Herbert Despite a relatively mild winter, the tyres have performed well in cold, damp. wet and snowy conditions on urban, country and motorway roads. I had read good reports about the very latest version of this tyre but was unable to obtain a set in the UK. Accordingly I choose its predecessor and am more than happy with my choice. The only time it has fallen short of the Pirelli P Zero summer tyre the car was supplied with was when being cornered hard in dry warm conditions, but that is hardly the point of a winter tyre.