WhatTyre’s Tyre of the Year 2022 is a factory fitment on the Audi RS 6 Avant performance. With Continental gaining global approval for equipping this Audi model with a 22-inch fitment, in numerous markets including the UK and Ireland the tyre of choice is the SportContact 7 AO Silent in size 285/30 ZR 22 101Y XL FR.
Announcing its supply to Audi, Continental describes SportContact 7 as a high-performance summer tyre designed for powerful, sporty vehicles. Its tyre developers focused on achieving the “highest perfection in all performance criteria” with a view to “combining the most enjoyable driving experience possible with the very highest levels of safety and sustainability.”
Compared to the predecessor model, SportContact 7 offers reduced wet braking distances by eight per cent. In dry braking, the tyre improves by six per cent and extends mileage by 17 per cent. Wet and dry handling and grip also benefit from new tyre development.
The SportContact 7 for the Audi RS 6 Avant performance also comes with ContiSilent technology, which reduces the rolling noise by as much as nine decibels. This technology takes the form of a foam layer attached to the inside of the tyre tread. This even more effectively blocks the vibrations generated as the tyre rolls along the road surface while the vehicle is in motion.