Continental AG has introduced a new technology that substantially reduces tyre noise inside the cabin to increase car comfort. Dubbed ContiSilent, it’s a breakthrough invention that cuts tyre noise without compromising the tyre’s outright grip and safety.

The new noise-sapping technology comprises of a coating that is bonded to the inside of the tread area after the tyre production process. This layer of foam has a strong damping effect on the sound waves caused by the tyre, reducing rolling noise by up to 9 dB (measured from inside the car).

ContiSilent tyre components are designed to be applied on standard production tyres, so performance characteristics such as braking, handling and wet grip are not affected. Traditionally, specially designed tread patterns and rubber compounds are used to reduce noise, at the expense of the tyre’s performance.

Audi is the first car manufacturer to use this technology, fitting new Audi RS6 Avant, RS7 Sportback and A8 models with ContiSilent tyres. The RS models utilise them on standard ContiSportContact 5 P rubber, while the flagship A8 limo will be equipped with ContiSilent tyres from the ContiSportContact 5 range.