The MS plus 77 uses a new silica compound specifically for wet winter conditions. It allows the tyre to interlock more efficiently with the road surface, giving you greater grip as you drive.
The compound supports the rigid shoulder blocks which help maintain lateral stability as you corner. The better the adhesion, the better the handling on wet roads.
In many European regions you’re now more likely to encounter rainy days in winter than you are snowy ones. So it’s important your winter tyres offer excellent performance in wet as well as icy conditions.
The MS plus 77 has a special V-shaped pattern with wide, open channels. This unique design allows surface rain water to be easily displaced, giving you a safer drive in wet conditions. With the tyre maintaining its grip on the road, you stay in control and your risk of aquaplaning is reduced.
If you look closely, you’ll see that the MS plus 77 has a large amount of thin grooves on its surface. These act like mini snowploughs, breaking up the surface powder making it considerably less slippery.
Look even closer and you’ll notice that every groove has a tiny bumper. This holds the cavity open so that more water can flow through. This, in turn, means more water is removed from the road’s surface and your traction and braking performance is improved.
The wet grip rating indicates how well the tire will perform in wet conditions, with performance graded from class A down to class E. A high grade means short braking distances on wet roads.
Reduced rolling resistance saves fuel and cuts CO2 emissions. Class A tires deliver the best fuel efficiency, with fuel consumption increasing for each subsequent class through to E.
This is the external rolling noise generated by the tire, measured in decibels. The label shows the noise level rated in classes from A to C.
In addition to these three label values, there are also pictograms − if applicable − relating to performance in severe snow conditions (3PMSF) and/or grip in icy conditions (the latter applies to passenger car tires only).
With the EU label generator, you can access the specific label values for your Continental tires.
For further details on the new EU Tire Label (2020/740) please click here.