In a recent post, "Continental ExtremeContact DWS Replaced by ExtremeContact DWS 06", we compared and contrasted the older Continental ExtremeContact DWS against the replacement version, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06. To summarize, the new ExtremeContact DWS 06 addressed a common complaint of the older version of the tire feeling slow to respond to steering inputs when driven hard. By designing the new DWS 06 to have quicker steering response and improved cornering ability, Continental improved an already outstanding, class-leading Ultra High Performance All-Season tire.
Was the improvement in the redesign enough for the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 to allow it to compete with today's top competitors? To find out, we tested three of the current top tires in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category against Continental's new offering.
In the test, we included the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 and Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus against the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06. Our test drivers found the DWS 06 has very responsive handling, and ranked not far behind the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3. The Goodyear F1 Asymmetric All Season had a very sharp steering response, but with it came a stiffer ride. While not objectionable, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 had the stiffest ride and highest noise levels. However, it returned this tradeoff with the best handling and grip on our test track. Pirelli's P Zero All Season Plus was a great balance of handling and grip while having the softest ride of the group.