What are the differences between the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 and the previous-generation DWS.
The original DWS was widely popular from the day it hit the market about six years ago. Still flirting with the number one spot in our customer ratings, Continental certainly recognizes they have a good thing going. Realistically they have no reason to mess with a really good thing, except they know they have something better. The secret to the success of the original lied in its ability to deliver that sport tire capability while keeping noise low and ride quality high. All this while delivering best-in-category snow traction. The shortcoming presented itself in the form of a less than confident on-center feel and somewhat sluggish initial responsiveness. Many people never noticed it, but many of us that did, were hoping for improvements in these areas.
Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
An asymmetric tread pattern shares some strong styling cues from the original. The inside features sipes and grooves for water evacuation and snow grip, while the outboard pattern has some solid blocks and ribs for stability under hard cornering. On the road test portion of our test, the new DWS 06 showed a noticeable improvement in responsive and road feel. It also exhibited near top-of-class noise and comfort characteristics. On the track portion of our test, the dry lap showed the Continental to be about a half second slower than the performance leader Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3. For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire."
Continental's ExtremeContact DWS 06 was so impressive in our testing we knew it was only a matter of time before it was ranked near the top in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, and we were right, as the tire is currently the top-rated option!