Continental SportContact 7 tire review

Updated on 2023-01-06

Tire description

The Continental SportContact 7 is a high performance summer tire introduced in September 2021. It is designed for use on sports cars, coupes, and sedans and features an asymmetrical tread pattern with a directional design that helps to improve traction and handling on wet and dry roads. The tire is made of a special compound that is designed to provide excellent grip and handling at high speeds.

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Tire tread pattern design overview and tire compund overview

The tread pattern of the Continental SportContact 7 is designed to provide top-notch performance and significantly increase tire mileage. It features a perfectly balanced interaction of a stiff, low-void pattern and the soft BlackChili compound developed by Continental. The BlackChili compound is a proprietary blend of synthetic and natural rubbers, as well as performance-enhancing additives, that is known for its excellent grip and durability. It is used in many of Continental's high-performance tire lines and has been shown to provide 30% lower rolling resistance and 20% more grip than traditional tire compounds, resulting in improved fuel efficiency and handling for vehicles. The tread pattern, combined with the BlackChili compound, helps to maximize contact with the road surface and provide excellent wet and dry grip.

Сomparison with predecessor

The Continental SportContact 7 is the successor to the popular SportContact 6. In internal company tests conducted for the tire size 245/30 R20, the SportContact 7 showed significant improvements over its predecessor. Its braking efficiency on wet roads was increased by 8%, braking distance on dry asphalt was reduced by 6%, and overall wear was improved by 17%. These results demonstrate that the SportContact 7 offers improved wet and dry grip and handling, as well as a longer tread life, compared to the SportContact 6.

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Test results

In several independent tire tests, the Continental SportContact 7 has consistently performed well.

In the 2022 Tyre Reviews UUHP Summer Tyre Test, it placed first out of 10 tires, with the best wet braking and handling by a considerable margin, and the fastest speed in the dry with the shortest dry braking distance. However, it was noted that the tire had poor aquaplaning resistance and increased rolling resistance.

In the 2022 AutoBild 19 Inch Summer UHP Tyre Test, the SportContact 7 placed second out of 10 tires, with the best handling properties in the dry, good aquaplaning reserves, short braking distances, and safe driving behavior in the wet. It was noted that the tire had average ride comfort.

In the 2022 Sport Auto UHP, UUHP, and Semi Slick Tyre Test, the SportContact 7 placed first out of 10 tires, with outstanding braking in wet and dry conditions at everyday road and tire temperatures. It was noted that the tire had small deficits in longitudinal aquaplaning and ride comfort, but overall had outstanding safety reserves in everyday life.

Interesting facts

During the "Papenburg 3000" high speed event in Hanover in October 2021, the Continental SportContact 7 tire was used on a Klasen Lamborghini Huracán Performance vehicle that achieved an end speed of 384.12 km/h during a 3,000-metre sprint. The 1180 hp sports car was fitted with 245/30 R20 tires on the front axle and 305/30 R20 tires on the rear axle, all from the SportContact 7 model. This event demonstrated the tire's ability to perform at high speeds and under extreme conditions.

Real drivers experience

We researched many drivers reviews and found key points of Continental SportContact 7:

Drivers have reported that the Continental SportContact 7 has excellent wet grip, long tread life, and maintains its performance throughout the day. They have found that the tire improves the overall driving experience on the road and track.

Some drivers have switched to the SportContact 7 from the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Pirelli PZero and have reported that the SportContact 7 is superior in every way. They have found that the SportContact 7 has exceptional dry grip and traction, especially when cold, and significantly improved wet grip compared to the Pilot Super Sport. The SportContact 7 is also quieter, handles well, and has improved steering feel compared to the Pilot Super Sport. It is more affordable and has a similar tread life.

Many drivers have noted that the SportContact 7 provides a high level of control and safety in both wet and dry conditions, making it a solid choice for a sport tire. They recommend it to others.

Some drivers have experienced harsh ride comfort with the SportContact 7 due to the tire's stiff sidewalls. It is also noisy and uncomfortable on the motorway.

Other drivers have had a positive experience with the SportContact 7 in the wet and dry, with good performance in cold temperatures. It may aquaplane in certain conditions, but recovery is quick.


The Continental SportContact 7 is available in 57 sizes, ranging from 18" to 23". This provides a wide range of options for drivers to choose from, ensuring that there is a size available for a variety of vehicles.

Conclusion. Pros and Cons

In conclusion, the Continental SportContact 7 is a high performance summer tire that has received positive reviews from drivers. It has excellent wet grip and dry grip, with good traction in cold temperatures. It has a long tread life and maintains its performance throughout the day. Some drivers have reported issues with the tire's ride comfort due to its stiff sidewalls, and it can be noisy and uncomfortable on the motorway. Overall, the SportContact 7 has received praise for its excellent wet and dry grip and is a reliable choice for sports cars, coupes, and sedans.



In this article, we use data collected from numerous daily driver reviews and professional automotive journalists' road tests. This guide shows computed data charts and information about SportContact 7 performance in different road conditions.

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