Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

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Vehicle: 2004 Audi S4 Sedan
Miles Driven on Tires: 6,000
Location: Madison, WI
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeWinterContact
Follow-Up Review: 12,000 miles on tires
February 20, 2013
More blizzards, ice, slush, freezing rain, and rain. Lots of freeze thaw cycles this winter in WI. Fresh snow and cold dry snow is where this tire shines. In sloppy deep wet slush the tire performs as expected which would include some sliding and searching for traction. Nothing that would make me worry though. The vehicle is always going where I want it to. This tire is ok in the dry. I would suggest a performance winter tires for dry road performance driving. I can feel the tread blocks deforming in hard cornering or hard acceleration but never any break in traction or loss of control. For the money this tire is all I need for tank like winter traction in Wisconsin. I have Quattro and I drive to the ski hills on the worst days and in the worst conditions and laugh as I pass everyone. Turn ESP off, liberal amounts of throttle, and point the front end at intended target. That simple. 235/45/17 on optional sport suspension S4. Nice ride and fills wheel wells out nicely. Watch the speed rating if you intend to do any high speed runs...
Initial Review: 6,000 miles on tires
April 17, 2012

This snow and ice tire took me to Utah and back for a ski trip and handled all that Wisconsin Winter could muster. I had no problems with this tire. It performs like a snow and ice tire should with no surprises in dry conditions. Obviously this is not a high performance snow tire and some tread squish could be felt during hard cornering in dry conditions. No obvious treadwear. Bumps and pot holes felt smoothed out and non-jarring as compared to summer setup. Stopping, starting, and braking were as expected or better in winter conditions. This tire provides stable and predictable traction in all observed winter conditions of hard pack (wet), fresh Wasatch powder (dry), slush, ice , and dry. ABS doesn't come on very much during braking. I took an off ramp way too fast and a liberal application of throttle and some steering input allowed me to avoid the curb. Traction control was off. The tire cleaned out nicely allowing me to get into middle of lane, but I over corrected and tapped the opposite curb. Minor curb rash was all that resulted but it could have been much worse with as fast as I was going. Climbing and descending Utah passes were no problem as tractor-trailers were on the side of the road. Light snow on Wisconsin back roads were handled with aplomb. Passing was predictable and easy. Overall, this is a good winter tire. No regrets. Too bad Continental doesn't guarantee more snow with winter tire purchase!

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