Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 or Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus, Which One's Right for Me?

Getting the call to head to out to the paddock for new tire testing always brings a smile to my face. And why wouldn't it? You want me to go really fast on a track and push the latest and greatest tires to their limit?  Thank you! Believe me, finding those traction limits with the test cars is a ton of fun and it shows us which tires deliver the goods at the limit. But my reality, and I will guess yours too, involves common sense, our local law enforcement friends, and of course, the car in front of you. Those things all combine for a much less invigorating driving experience. This also means, rarely are your tires pushed to their limits in our daily lives.  

Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06
Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06
Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus
Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus


After driving on the Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus and Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 back to back on our six-mile road loop, I walked away thinking that the Pirelli had the best balance of ride and performance. In dissecting our test results from "Testing the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire", I was excited to see our final findings supported my impression.  

The Pirelli came in with better ride and noise ratings than the competition. When it came to the test track, it delivered the quickest lap time in the dry and took third in the wet. Wet traction is very important, but keep in mind, we are testing arguably the best four tires in the category. This doesn't make one tire bad and another the best, it simply means in some areas one tire is somewhat better than another. The ride advantage of the Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus more than makes up for the lower wet grip. Ultimately, you won't go wrong with either one of these tires

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