Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.43

2008 Audi A6 3.2 Avant Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Napa, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2012

Overall this is a tire that does a lot of things well but the soft sidewall is hard for me to get past.

Bought these to replace the worn out SportContact 3 that came on the A6, which handled well but were noisy and had pretty bad self-steering behavior towards the end of their life. These new tires improved those issues - it is a quieter tire, lots of wet and dry grip, great hydroplane resistance, more comfortable, and solved the self steering problem. However as some reviewers noted those benefits come with a very soft sidewall that has been really frustrating for me. Basically the soft sidewall has made a 35 series tire feel more like a 60 series. It doesn't respond well to quick steering inputs like avoiding a pothole or quick lane change - it just wants to squirm around a while before finding its line. The grip is still very good so if you set up a corner well it feels fine but if you have to make an adjustment mid corner it doesn't inspire confidence. Waiting for break-in and adding +1-2 psi (as others mentioned) helped but not significantly.

Overall I am impressed at how this tire does so many things well but ultimately they compromised too much on steering response. Probably won't be buying this again.

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