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The Continental TS850 is a winter tyre from the TS-Series of the reputed premium manufacturer. It was specifically conceived for compact and medium-class cars, and displays handling characteristics that most comparable products cannot match. Providing short braking distances and precise steering on ice and snow, the many edged lugs and fins of the profile bite into loose surfaces and maximize traction. The edges also improve handling in the bends or during fast-paced changing of lanes. The void pattern, on the other hand, works effectively to evacuate excess moisture from the contact surface on wet or icy surfaces, reducing braking distances.
Compared with the former model line, the Continental TS850 uses a stronger bead assembly, incorporating a harder apex and all new bead reinforcement. This has a positive effect on its ability to handle intense shearing forces during steering. The sidewall of this winter tyre was designed to be sufficiently flexible, so that the loss of energy during jouncing and rebounding is minimal - resulting in better driving comfort and reduced rolling resistance, which in turn reduces fuel consumption. Of course, the M + S marking and the snowflake symbol on the TS850 attest the tyre’s tried and tested qualities for winter use.
The ride quality and performance of the Continental TS850 have already been closely scrutinised by automotive associations and media. ADAC tested it in 2012 and 2013, with good results. In 2012, the 205/55 R16 H tested dimensions variant obtained a rating of 1.9 on snow, and 2.0 on ice - making it one of the very best tyres for use in wintry conditions. Moreover, its performance on dry and wet roads was also convincing. Outstandingly, the TS850 managed a top rating of 1.0 for tread wear; also, none of its competitors were able to match it in the fuel consumption test. In 2013, the 185/60 R15 and 225/45 R17 T and H variants tested by ADAC each earned an overall rating of "good". In the same year, Firmenauto magazine granted it the "highly recommended" verdict, and the editors of Auto Bild Sportscars awarded it the "exemplary" qualification. Many automotive media outlets placed the Continental TS850 at the top of their preference list in its class.
The TS850 is available in many sizes, from 14 to 17 inches, including an enhanced version and a variant equipped with a rim rib. Therefore, the owners of a variety of car models may rely on this excellent winter tyre during the cold season.