Continental ContiSportContact 3 Tire Review & Rating

The Continental ContiSportContact 3 features impressive tire technology for drivers looking for a high performance summer tire. Engineered for powerful sport coupes and sedans, this tire is a big step ahead of the older Sport Contact 2.

An asymmetric tread design that is created with more solid tread blocks and a circumferential rib on the outer shoulder gives the tire better cornering power and enhanced steering response on dry road surfaces. This is added control that you can literally feel as you are driving.

ContiSportContact 3 from Continental Tires

Braking performance is impressive due to the intermediate ribs that surround the tire and the larger contact patch which gives better control and stability, while also shortening braking distance.

Continuous circumferential tread grooves and an improved tread design provide enhanced wet surface handling and traction. The grooves evacuate more water away from the tread and reduce the risk of hydroplaning.

Inside the tire you will find two steel belts with nylon reinforcement that are designed to add more strength and stability at higher speeds. They also give the tire more durability and improved treadwear. Sizes ranging from 17-21 inches are available, and the tires carry either a W or Y-speed rating.

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Pros
  • Dry surface traction and braking are excellent   
  • Very good cornering power and stability   
  • Steering response and control is among best in class   
  • Above average ride comfort   

Cons

  • Treadlife may be shorter than expected
  • Little noisy as tire wears down  

Overall Thoughts

Continental has several high performance summer tires in their lineup, but the ContiSportContact 3 is arguably one of their better models when it comes to dry traction stability and cornering grip. In addition, the steering is quick and precise. Braking performance is impressive as well.

We have heard a few drivers mention that this tire puts out a little extra noise as it wears down The bigger issue would have to be treadwear. You may not get the miles out of the tread that you expect if you tend to drive the tires hard on a regular basis. 

Overall, this is not a bad model in the least, however we feel there are other tires like Continental’s ExtremeContact DW that are a step ahead performance wise. That said, we rate this tire in the middle of the UHP summer class.

What Vehicles Will The Continental SportContact 3 Fit?

Fits these vehicles and many others:

  • Audi TT, A4, 2.0T Quattro, A6, S4, RS4   
  • BMW 325i, M3, M5, 330Ci, 550i, Z8   
  • Cadillac CTS   
  • Chevrolet Camaro, Cobalt   
  • Dodge Dakota, Neon SRT4   
  • Ford Focus SE, Mustang   
  • Honda Ridgeline, S2000, Accord   
  • Jaguar XJL   
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS550, C350, E63   
  • Nissan 350Z, Altima   
  • Porsche Boxster, 911 Carrera   
  • Saab 9-3, 9-5 Aero Wagon   
  • Toyota Sienna   
  • Volkswagen Jetta, GTi, R32, Passat   
  • Volvo S60 R   

Tire Sizes

17″

205/55ZR17 91Y BSW
215/40ZR17 87Y BSW
215/45R17 87W BSW
225/45R17 91Y BSW
225/45R17 91W BSW
235/45R17 94W BSW
235/45R17 94WBSW
235/45R17 97W BSW
235/45ZR17 94W BSW
235/50ZR17 96Y BSW
245/40R17 91Y BSW
245/40ZR17 91W BSW
245/45R17 99Y BSW
245/45ZR17 99Y BSW
245/45R17 95W BSW
255/40R17 94W BSW
255/45R17 98W BSW

18″

225/40ZR18 92Y BSW
225/45ZR18 95W BSW
235/40R18 95W BSW
235/40ZR18 91Y BSW
235/40R18 91Y BSW
235/40R18 95W BSW
235/45R18 94V BSW
245/35ZR18 92Y BSW
245/40R18 93Y BSW
245/40ZR18 BSW
245/50ZR18 100Y BSW
255/35R18 94Y BSW
255/35ZR18 94Y BSW
255/40ZR18 99Y BSW
255/40ZR18 99Y BSW
255/55R18 109Y BSW
265/35ZR18 97Y BSW
265/40ZR18 101Y BSW
275/35R18 95Y BSW
275/45ZR18 103Y BSW
285/35ZR18 101Y BSW

19″

235/35ZR19 91Y BSW
235/35R19 91Y BSW
235/35ZR19 87Y BSW
235/40ZR19 96Y BSW
245/35ZR19 93Y BSW
245/45ZR19 98Y BSW
255/30ZR19 BSW
255/35ZR19 96Y BSW
255/45R19 104Y BSW
255/45ZR19 100Y BSW
265/35ZR19 98Y BSW
265/35ZR19 94Y BSW
275/40ZR19 101Y BSW
285/40ZR19 103Y BSW
295/30ZR19 100Y BSW

20″

245/35ZR20 BSW
245/40ZR20 99Y BSW
265/30ZR20 94Y BSW
265/40ZR20 104Y BSW
275/35ZR20 102Y BSW
285/35ZR20 BSW

21″

295/25ZR21 BSW

Price Range

Prices on the ContiSportContact 3 range from around $140 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Warranty

Continental provides a limited tread warranty on the ContiSportContact 3. You will find a one-year or first 2/32 inch of wear guarantee on tire uniformity.

Materials and workmanship are warranted for 6-years and include free first year or first 2/32 inch of wear replacement. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or until the tire reaches 2/32 inch of tread depth.

Continental provides a 30-day customer satisfaction trial in which if you are not completely satisfied you can exchange the tire with another Continental model.


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