www.moderntiredealer.com/ news/ 732917/ vikingcontact-7-is-continental-s-next-gen-winter-tire
I am surprised to see this. Continental traditionally has not sold their best studless winter tire in the USA and Canada, reserving them mostly for the Scandinavian and Russian market. The VikingContact 7 is a world class performer on ice and snow. It scored 1st overall in this years testing at TestWorld/NAF. Maybe Continental will surprise us and also sell their best performance winter (TS860 and 860S) in the USA.
Continental Tire the Americas LLC is replacing the Continental WinterContact SI with the Continental VikingContact 7. The new directional tire features a Nordic tread compound comprised of active silica for "superb" grip in the wet and a rapeseed oil additive that keeps the tread compound flexible in extreme cold conditions, says the company. Its intelligent pattern design was engineered with an efficient groove network that reduces hydroplaning on wet slushy roads. The interlocking block bridges provide "perfect" tracking and stability on snow.