As you may already know, the Continental ExtremeContact line of Ultra High Performance All-Season tires has been renowned for many years as one of the best options for spirited drivers looking for a versatile drive that provides excellent capabilities in both summer and winter conditions. The Continental ExtremeContact DWS was, for many years, one of the favorite tires in that category, especially because of its prowess in the snow.
The new entrant in that line continues in that tradition. Continental's ExtremeContact DWS 06 arrived last year and took the category by storm. Not only does it provide impressive wet and snow traction and above-average handling and dry performance, but it actually improves upon its predecessor in two key areas: sidewall firmness and tread noise.
- Sidewall firmness - Some customers who liked the Continental DWS for its overall performance complained about sidewall softness and the body sway that it caused. Continental has remedied this by adding a second polyester ply to the sidewall of the DWS 06, greatly reducing sway and improving driver contact feel to the road and steering response.
- Tread noise - The DWS' main complaint was regarding tread noise. The addition of chamfered edges and the above mentioned extra polyester ply provides a more uniform ride quality, while reducing tread noise. According to tests we have performed on both the road and the track in 2015, there was a slight increase in ride firmness due to the extra ply, especially when driven over rode imperfections such as expansion lines and rain grooves. This is a small trade-off given the improvements Continental have engineered into the DWS 06.
Overall, the new Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 is a formidable addition to the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, as well a worthy replacement for one of Continental's most revered tires.