Updated on 2021-01-10
Continental VikingContact 7 is a directional winter tire with a studless tread, created by German developers for use in rough conditions of northern countries.
They are notable for their reliable grip on icy and snowy roads, as well as steering stability and braking efficiency on wet snow and wet asphalt. New for the 2018/2019 winter season.
Friction tires for Scandinavian winters Continental VikingContact 7 came to replace the model Continental VikingContact 6, in comparison with which they received a number of improvements in terms of stability on snow and wet surface. The manufacturer claims that aquaplaning resistance of the new Viking has been improved by 7%, the length of braking distance in wet conditions was reduced by 6%, while controllability on ice and soft snow increased by 4%. In addition, handling on snow and dry roads showed a 2% improvement while rolling resistance was reduced by 3%.
Working on creation of Continental Viking Contact 7 developers abandoned optimization of asymmetric tread pattern of its predecessor and endowed the model with a new directional design. A grid of deep draining grooves ensures fast dispersion of melted snow and water in the contact zone and helps to improve the safety of these tires on wet and snow-covered roads.
To increase the stiffness of the soft tread, which is vital for the tire's precision and responsiveness to steering turns, the tread blocks are linked together by special "bridges", which improve grip stability when cornering and changing lanes.
When driving the Continental VikingContact 7 on ice and snow, 3D sipes come into play. These not only increase the edge effect but also create snow pockets that, when filled with snow, provide additional traction resulting from snow to snow friction.
On ice, the sharp edges of the three-dimensional blades create an effect similar to the action of antiskid spikes. By grappling with the top layer of ice, they increase acceleration and help shorten braking distances.
To enhance the tire's "sticking" to winter coatings, German engineers provided the presence of two types of blades - V-shaped in the center and U-shaped in the shoulder areas.
In addition to silicic acid (silica) the composition of VikingContact 7 rubber compound includes rapeseed oil. This ensures good low-temperature elasticity of the tread, allowing the tire to hold a firm grip in all weather conditions of northern winters.
The Continental VikingContact 7 is the perfect all-rounder for northern winters.
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 VikingContact 7 performance in different road conditions.