Unless it isn’t.
At Continental, we believe that driving should be smooth, relaxing and devoid of superfluous noise. When you get into your car, fasten your seatbelt and turn the engine on, road noise should disappear along with the outside world. You are the master of your driving destiny, in charge of the sounds around you.
After all, there are much better things to listen to than tires connecting with the road. Things like your children laughing in the back seat, your partner singing off-key, or simply silence.
To help you enjoy these little moments, we created ContiSilent™. Our innovative tire technology reduces components of rolling noise perceived as particularly annoying by up to 9 dB(A), so you can listen to whatever you like.
Nine decibels – that is how much ContiSilent™ can reduce the components of rolling noise perceived as particularly annoying inside the vehicle.
An inner tire absorber, made of polyurethane foam, is attached to the inner surface of the tire tread, to cushion the road. It blocks the vibration of the tire from being transmitted through the wheel into the interior of the car. For your passengers, this means that rather than missing the punchline, they can laugh long and hard at your inappropriate joke.
And since the ContiSilent™ foam is bonded to after the tire production process, and compatible with all commonly available rims, the technology does not affect the driving performance, mileage, load or speed capability of your car. Not to mention that it’s sturdy and holds its shape no matter the temperature, meaning that even in the heat of summer, it reduces components of rolling noise perceived as particularly annoying inside the vehicle by up to 9 dB(A).
A quieter ride. It’s not such a big ask, is it? It’s perfectly reasonable to want to have a conversation without competing with road noise, or to be able to enjoy the silence once the baby has finally fallen asleep. Happily, there are many tire features, from width to rubber composition to the tread block shape, which help reduce road noise.
ContiSilent™ takes all of these existing features – including those of even the most sound-optimized summer tire – and adds an extra layer of sound proofing to deliver a quieter driving experience. And the difference? It’s significant: a 9 dB(A) reduction in the components of rolling noise perceived as particularly annoying inside the vehicle.
To put it in perspective, the human ear perceives every 10 dB reduction as cutting noise is half, and the ‘A’ weighting refers to all noise that falls within the range of human hearing.
How does ContiSilent™ tire technology work?
A special layer of polyurethane foam is bound to the inner surface of the tire tread, to absorb tire cavity noise and prevent body transmission. In other words, it prevents vibration from being transferred from the tire to the wheel, axle and, eventually, the cabin, reducing the road noise inside the car.
How much difference does 9 dB (A) make?
The human ear perceives every 10 dB reduction in noise as a halving of the audible sound. So, for example, a regular conversation is roughly 60 dB and shouting 70 dB. The ‘A’ weighting refers to a range of sound, associated with lower-level environmental and industrial noise. This means that a 9 dB(A) reduction in the components of rolling noise perceived as particularly annoying inside the vehicle creates a much quieter driving experience. Please note, however, that the level of reduction of interior noise depends on the type of vehicle, its speed and the road surface.
Will it affect the performance of my car or tires?
Not at all. Since all other tire components remain the same, there are no differences in terms of performance characteristics such as braking, handling, mileage, load, speed capability or performance in the wet. It just absorbs road noise.
How can I find tires with ContiSilent™ technology?
ContiSilent™ is installed during production. It was developed for summer tires and is compatible with all standard rims, mounted, changed and used like any standard equipment tires. You can find all available models on our website or choose from the selection below.