As an answer to demands of carmakers for tires that both bring performance and quietness, Continental is introducing ContiSilent, a new technology that significantly reduces tire noise inside the cabin by up to 9 dB. The secret of ContiSilent’s lies on a coating -- special layer of foam -- bonded to the inside of the tread area after the production process.
This layer creates a strong damping effect on the sound waves produced by a rolling tire, thereby substantially reducing the amount of noise reaching the cabin. All components and the tread pattern on ContiSilent are standard production tires, thus making it bear the same performance characteristics like braking, handling or wet performance.
ContiSilent tires are compatible with standard rims and fitting process. The first carmaker to employ Continental’s new tires is German company Audi, which will fit ContiSilent tires from the ContiSportContact 5 onto it RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback models. The Audi RS 6 Avant will feature size 285/30 ZR 21 tires while the RS 7 Sportback will don size 275/30 ZR 21. Audi will also equip its A8 flagship with ContiSilent tires from the ContiSportContact 5 range. [source: Continental]