- Original equipment approvals for the 18″ Continental SportContact 7 with XL marking for enhanced load capacity
- The SportContact 7 not only scores highly in various independent tire tests but also sets standards when it comes to form, function and design
Hanover, Germany, August 22, 2022. Mercedes-AMG is continuing to fit premium Continental tires as original equipment. Factory-approved for the C43, the high-performance 18″ SportContact 7 is designed for speeds of up to 300 km/h and comes with the XL marking for enhanced load capacity. The tires carry the sidewall marking MO1, which appears on all the tires developed specially for AMG. Continental developed this UUHP (Ultra Ultra High Performance) tire specially for vehicles with sporty attributes as well as for super sports cars.
Thanks to its special rubber compound, the SportContact 7 offers optimum road grip. Compared with its predecessor, the SportContact 6, mileage on the racetrack is increased by 10 percent, wet braking distances are reduced by 8 percent, dry braking distances are reduced by 6 percent and the service life is extended by 17 percent. The SportContact 7 features an adaptive tread design, which is capable of adjusting to wet or dry road surfaces. This ensures precision handling and maximum safety – also at high speeds. This is made possible by the innovative tread design. When the vehicle is driving straight ahead, the tire’s “footprint” ends at the point of highest water drainage in the tread, ensuring outstanding grip during braking, acceleration and cornering on wet roads. When the vehicle corners on dry asphalt, the “footprint” shifts to the outer shoulder, which is designed to transmit extremely high forces to ensure stable handling. New “locking elements” in the outer shoulder further enhance stability because they enable only limited movement of the tread and so ensure superior ride stability.
This premium tire was recently put to the test in the “Ultra Ultra High Performance Mini Tyre Test 2022” organized by the automotive magazine Auto Express. This year in the UK alone, this was the fifth tire test in which the SportContact 7 came out on top. The high-performance tire also won the (U)UHP summer tire test organized by the specialist car magazine sportauto. For the first time ever in a tire test, the editorial team awarded the rating “outstanding.” Auto Bild, too, in its (U)UHP summer tire test, described the SportContact 7 as “vorBILDlich” (exemplary)”.
The SportContact 7 not only scores highly in independent tire tests but also sets standards when it comes to form, function and design. This year, the SportContact 7 received two design awards: the Red Dot award for product design and the iF Product Design Award.
In the tire replacement business, the SportContact 7 is available in dimensions ranging from 18″ to 23″.
For the Mercedes-AMG C43, the SportContact 7 is factory-approved in numerous markets:
SportContact 7 245/45 ZR 18 FR 100Y XL