Continental ContiSportContact 3
Follow-Up Review: 19,600 miles on tires
Closing in on the 20K mark now (note that the tires wire switched from my old R32 to my current GTI) and they're in their 4th year of use. They will probably make 23K, maybe 25K before they're done. I'd say my observations above have held up, even with the switch to a FWD tuned turbo car - it's a very good max performance summer, though probably not in the top of the class because of steering response and a little less sticky overall than comparable Michelins. I have one great advantage in being able to rate these: my car and I are now in Germany, so the car is frequently used to its full potential, and the tires experience a high speed regime they never could in the US. Stability at high speed is excellent - lane changes are no issue whatsoever, and braking control from triple-digit speeds is excellent. The tires are noticeably noisier now, but I wouldn't call it bad, at all. My old Potenza RE050s were my gold standard for ludicrous amounts of tire noise - these aren't like that. They definitely seem to need temps over 75 to truly soften up, and they are no good below 60! This may have to do with their advanced age as well and the disappearing tread ; they become a little more hockey puck-like.
Initial Review: 7,500 miles on tires
These tires certainly fit the character of the R32 - they are high speed, German touring tires. They maintain traction under very serious braking force, and always feel sure-footed and progressive, if not the fastest responding. They do ride firmly in an XL-spec, especially on this car. I would rate them above the Bridgestone RE 050 my old GTI had, and probably not quite to the level of the Michelin PS2 that my 987 Boxster had.