Continental ExtremeContact DW vs. Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Two of the most popular Max Performance Summer tires being discussed on automotive forums lately are the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Continental ExtremeContact DW. Both options are highly rated and outstanding tires. In our survey results, the Pilot Super Sport is currently ranked first, while the ExtremeContact DW is fourth.

How do the two tires compare? The Michelin Pilot Super Sport offers better handling, steering response and more desirable dry and wet grip. Continental's ExtremeContact DW provides a slightly softer ride than the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and a slower steering response as a result.

Some BMW forum members state that the ExtremeContact DW has a softer sidewall compared to other tires in the category. This can be viewed either as a positive feature or a downside depending on what you're looking for in your tire. Softer sidewalls (and slower steering response) result in improved ride quality and less harshness from sharp impacts like rough roads or expansion joints on the highway. 

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Continental Extreme Contact DW
Continental ExtremeContact DW

When it comes time to make a purchase, what tire is best for you? Think about your driving style and preferences for ride quality. If you want immediate response when quickly moving the steering wheel from side to side and desire the best dry and wet traction, go with the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. Are you willing to give up a little steering response for a softer ride? If so, the Continental ExtremeContact DW would be the way to go. Are you still having trouble deciding? For additional help choosing the best tire for your vehicle, visit our Tire Decision Guide.


Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Boyd

Which tire would you recommend for a 2006 Bentley FS in a tire size of 295/25/22?
Friday, May 13, 2016 by John


Great article but I'm left with one remaining question. How does the ride quality of these two compare to my OE 2014 Volvo S60 T6 tires that came with the car? The only real world experience that I have is with the Continental ProContact OE tires.(235/40/R18)

Monday, May 16, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

John, Both the the DW and the Pilot Super Sport will have a stiffer ride than the Original Equipment Pro-Contact. Both will however have better dry and wet traction as well as steering response. --
Saturday, June 11, 2016 by Tymon

Would a higher load rating negate the comfort advantage of the Conti DW?

I got a brand new 2017 A4 for my wife. We love the car but the ride is a bit harsher than expected. I think the Pirelli Cinturato P7 all season tires are partly to blame. The thread noise is OK but the impact noise is bad. I brought the pressure down from full load to half load, which helped but the impact noise is still unpleasant.
I'll be buying Winter wheels and tires anyway this Fall so I'm thinking about switching the Cinturato to Summer tires on these OEM rims. My priorities are wet traction and ride comfort. I know that on average all season tires are supposed to be more comfortable than Summer tires but the Cinturato may be an exception to this rule.

We had the Conti ExtremeContact DW on her older MB C230 and loved it. The only issue is that these come only in 97XL in the needed 245/40 R18 size. The last time I put XL tires on my wifes' car it was a mistake but that was on the older MB C230 with Michelin PSS. The ride was harsh and impact noise was bad. The only tires in 93 for the A4 are the Michelin PS2. I had the PS2 a few years ago and the ride was OK but tirerack's testing shows the Conti DW as much more comfortable than the PS2.

So which ones will be more comfortable? The Conti DW in 97XL or the Michelin PS2 in 93?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Tymon, The Continental, even at the higher load index should provide you with the more comfortable ride, as well as better wet traction.
Friday, August 5, 2016 by Bill

The DW's are far more superior that the Super Sport tires. I have both and the DW's blow the SS tires away in comfort, stability, dry and wet traction.
Saturday, August 6, 2016 by Linda

Thank you, Bill! We have a 2009 Lexus IS250 and the Continental DWS06 Extreme Contact were highly recommended over the Michelin Sport A/S 3+ by the local tire shop. We ordered the Continental's with confidence due to your/tire shops tomorrow they get installed!
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 by James Koenig

I'm moving from 19's ...235/35f 265/30 ... Running the DWs. To 245/40 on 17x9 wheels with pss, should comfort and peformance both increase on my '09 335 sport
Friday, April 28, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

James, The additional sidewall will definitely help with absorbing imperfections in the road surface. The front Pilot Super Sport tire will be a little wider so you should have better traction up there, while in the back the tire will be narrower so your traction will likely decrease:

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