The Continental ExtremeContact DWS has been dominating the Ultra High Performance All-Season tire market for the past few years. With a combination of good dry traction and ride comfort, excellent wet traction and outstanding winter grip, the DWS has been one of the most popular tires on the market. Even with all of the fantastic reviews and customer feedback, there was a fly in the ointment. DWS owners by and large loved their tires, but complained of a soft sidewall that caused lazier steering response than its competitors and a susceptibility to pothole damage. A mid-life sidewall reinforcement for most sizes helped to bolster resistance to impacts and increase steering response. Although an improvement, the DWS still fell short of the robust sidewall and steering precision enjoyed by other top performance tires in the category. Enter the ExtremeContact DWS 06.
Continental engineers knew they had a winning formula with the DWS, but also heard customer's pleas for an improvement in sidewall rigidity. The new DWS 06 proves a worthy heir to the throne with a notably improved steering response. There is a distinct absence of the sluggish reaction to steering input suffered by the original DWS. In addition to providing the needed improvement to stability with sidewall reinforcement, the DWS 06 provides a surprisingly quiet ride for a performance tire, as well as fantastic wet traction.
It seems Continental may have found the missing piece to their puzzle and provided an impressive follow-up to an extraordinarily popular tire. To read more about our initial impressions on the ExtremeContact DWS 06, take a look at "Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Preview Report."