A BMW 330e during the wet braking test.
Slalom test with the Mercedes GLA200.
The new Continental MaxContact 6.
A Mercedes C200 during the lane change exercise.
Cameron Wilson, managing director of Continental Tyre Malaysia (centre) during the introduction of the new Continental MaxContact 6.

CONTINENTAL Tyres recently unveiled the latest-generation MaxContact MC6, adding another pillar to its Generation 6 product range.

The current Generation 6 products offered by the company in Malaysia are the UltraContact UC6 and the ComfortContact CC6, which were introduced last year.

The MaxContact MC6 is not just a successor to the MaxContact MC5; it features recalibrated profiles to be an even sportier tyre.

The launch of the new MC6 showcases Continental Tyres’ continued pursuit to innovate by creating tyre technology that enables not only improve safety but also enhances confidence and driving pleasure.

Phillip von Hirschheydt, executive vice-president (passenger and light truck replacement tyres) for Asia-Pacific (Apac), said: “We are thrilled to introduce another Generation 6 product. The MaxContact MC6 will redefine the driving experience of our Apac consumers. It exemplifies Continental’s comprehensive automotive expertise and our ability to pave the way for Vision Zero by providing technologies for safer driving.”

Echoing the sentiment, managing director of Continental Tyre Malaysia, Cameron Wilson, said: “With MC6, we look to bring forth a line that is the epitome of German technology designed for local roads. With the cutting-edge technology, we are looking to create a competitive presence in the tyre industry catered for sporty drivers.

“We are also proud to announce the MaxContact MC6 tyres will be manufactured locally at our state-of-the-art plant in Alor Star. All initiatives have been to bring comfort and safety through the development and usage of our tyres,” he added.

Among the key highlights of the MaxContact 6 are Multifunctional Tread Design, Adaptive Grip Compound and Xtreme Force Construction, thus the acronym MAX in its name.

Multifunctional Tread Design is a dedicated design area that cover all four directional forces applied to tyre treads.

Design traits such as chevron grip element, asymmetrical rib geometry and stabiliser bars all contribute to solid and supportive tyre treads when driven in sporty manners.

Adaptive Grip Compound consists of special adhesive polymers specifically designed to accomplish high level of grip under all driving conditions.

As for the Xtreme Force Construction, it retains the tyre’s flexibility for a comfortable ride and reduces its flexing during hard cornering.

TYRE TEST

Right after the launch, Cars Bikes & Trucks and the rest of the media representatives were brought to the Sepang International Circuit to get a feel of what the new MC6 tyres have to offer.

The first exercise was the slalom and dry braking test, held at the short straight after Turn 8 using the Mercedes GLA200.

This exercise was designed mainly to demonstrate the capability of chevron grip elements, asymmetric rib geometry, stable rib structure and stabiliser bars.

The initial acceleration off the line and direction changes feel solid and responsive and due to the key elements on the new MC6 that support the tyre structure, the vehicle can make full use of its suspension to manoeuvre through the course.

Dry braking performance also feels promising and consistent even after several runs, as executed after the 180-degree turn before the end of the slalom course.

Next exercise was the lane change, held at the first main straight after Turn 14.

Using the Mercedes C200, the car was brought up to a speed of 80kph before being “thrown” to a sudden lane change with the intention of not hitting the arranged cones.

Here, the difference between the new MC6 and its predecessor - the MC5 - was quite significant.

With the C200 fitted with MC5 tyres, the car went slightly sideways after the lane change as opposed to the C200 fitted with MC6 that was calmer and more in control.

The final test was the wet braking exercise, this time using the BMW 330e.

This test again proved the superiority of the new MC6 over the MC5 as the wet braking distance for the former was around 18.5m while the latter was at 23m, a substantial 4.5m difference.

Both runs were performed at speeds of around 78kph before the braking zone.

The new Continental MaxContact MC6 tyres will be offered for wheel sizes of 16-inch to 20-inch and will be made available in full range by next year, although it is available in stages from now onwards.

The new MC6 will replace the outgoing MC5 on one-in-one-out basis.

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