Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

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Vehicle: 2007 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
Miles Driven on Tires: 2,000
Location: Huntsville, Al
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DW
Initial Review: 2,000 miles on tires
December 31, 2012

Let me start off by saying that I purchased these tires solely to quieten down the noise level on the highway. What I was not expecting is the mind blowing amount of straight line grip. My car is modified, and nearing the end of my previous tires life (BFG KDW) I would encounter wheel spin in 3rd gear (in cold temperatures). With the Continental DW's on, I can balls-to-the-wall launch the car wide open from a stop. They hook every time, even in cold temperatures. I am not exaggerating, these have to break some laws of physics or something. I have never experienced a tire grabbing the road this aggressively when the pavement is cold. I haven't tested out the braking ability yet, but I suspect it will be face-warping.

As for agressive cornering, I must say my KDW's were better when they still had tread. These Continental's still corner very well, however the softer sidewall is evident. I can feel a bit more tire rollover in tighter corners. It's really not too bad though, and it's certainly not a deal killer for me.

Anyway, back to ride comfort. Umm, it's excellent. These tires take pot holes like a CHAMP. Rough roads are no longer rough. A significantly less amount of road vibrations make it into the cabin. I also immediately noticed how much more responsive and lively the steering feels in everyday low-speed maneuvers. The steering wheel feels much lighter when turning around town compared to my previous KDW's. The ride comfort as a whole is very much improved. I would highly recommend them. Providing the tread doesn't wear out too soon, I would definitely buy another set.

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