Funny Looking Tread? Or Ahead Of Its Time?

ExtremeContact DWSThat would be the Continental ExtremeContact DWS.

While this tire may look a bit awkward to some, its unique asymmetrical tread design provides outstanding performance.

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS has stable shoulder blocks and a continuous, notched intermediate rib on the outboard side to enhance responsiveness and cornering stability. The center of the tread features independent blocks separated by high-angle, criss-cross grooves to provide more of the biting edges necessary to deliver wet road and light snow traction while independent inboard shoulder blocks help disperse water to further enhance hydroplaning resistance and bad weather traction. 

During my test drive on this tire I found it to be very nimble, responsive and crisp for an all-season tire. And at the same time, I found it to be a very comfortable and quiet tire. The tread pattern does look a bit odd, but it works very well. I would say this tire is ahead of its time, and I would look for other manufacturers to offer similar tread patterns in the future.

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