These tires were literally a last minute switch. After ordering a totally different brand earlier one day, a friend came into work that night and told me how satisfied he was with the Extreme Contact DWS tires he had just purchased for his Mercedes. Granted, the Mercedes is rear wheel drive and the Saab is front wheel, but we both operate high performance machines for a living, so I trust his judgment. I got to the South Bend facility the next morning and changed my order on the spot. Am I glad I did!
I was very unimpressed with the original Continentals that came on the car, very average in every category. I only got about 27,000 miles out of those tires, which I can deal with if the grip is good, after all, it's a trade off between grip and longevity, or at least it should be.
Right out of the box, I could tell the Extreme Contact DWS was a totally different animal. It just so happened that Chicago and NW Indiana had a long winter, and it was snowing as I pulled out of the Tire Rack shop. The grip was awesome for a non-snow tire, and I pushed them hard. I also instantly noticed how quiet the were in comparison to the OE Continentals. Now that summer is here I continue to push the tires hard, and they don't disappoint. Another thing I noticed is with a hard launch (manual transmission), the tires really grip. I've noticed the traction control doesn't intervene, the tires just grab and go.
As you can tell, I'm extremely happy with the Extreme Contact DWS. They live up to their name and I would definitely buy them again! The only unknown is how long they will last, but as I said earlier, I am willing to trade grip for longevity.