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Impressive Grip But Only If You Have Some Tread Left
Member Name: Japmr2
Advantages: Impressive Grip in Both Wet & Dry Conditions, Good Feedback
Disadvantages: Excessive Road Noise, Very Poor Wear Rate
I have Continental Sport Contact 3 tyres fitted to my Skoda Octavia VRS, and I am going to change them for a different brand once they wear out. They come with the above car as the standard tyre and cost around £100 to replace on a 205/45/R17.
Dry weather grip: In the dry the amount of grip availble is impressive, my car has 225hp going through the front weels and these tyres can cope with that allowing zero amount of wheel spin.
Wet weather grip: Their performance is just as good in the wet due to the design and layout of the tread which very efficiently expels the surface water away from the contact patch of the tyre.
Road feedback: Fairly predictable but not as good as some of the other equivalent tyres on the market like the Goodyears, Dunlops and Bridgestones, as there is a bit too much flex in the sidewall of the tyre.
Noise: The amount of road noise from this tyre is shocking. Its even worse when travelling at speed on the Motorway.
Tyre wear: Is very very poor, they last only half as long as you would expect mainly due to their soft compound. Mine only lasted 6000 miles! This is mainly the reason I am changing tyre brand. I won't fit these again as there are other tyres out there that offer the same performance in the wet and dry conditions are a bit less noisy and last a bit lot longer for less money.
I would recommend the Toyo TR1 instead.
Summary: There are other tyres on the market that do the same for less money.