Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

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Vehicle: 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe
Miles Driven on Tires: 2,500
Location: Ottawa, ON
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Continental ExtremeContact DW
Follow-Up Review: 5,000 miles on tires
August 04, 2010
With another 2,500 miles and a track session on the tires, I am very impressed with the wear characteristics of the tires. Additionally, the performance in the wet is superb. Dry performance is as good as anything short of the best high performance tires (e.g. PS2). <br><br><br><br>My real disappointment with these tire is noise. The are pleasingly quiet on new asphalt, but get loud on concrete and older asphalt road surfaces. They are also quite harsh on bumpy roads (expansion joints, cracks and heaves). I chalk these performance characteristics up to both the low profile of the tires and the very wide 285/30s that I am running on the rear wheels.
Initial Review: 2,500 miles on tires
May 30, 2010

Bought these to replace P-Zero Rossos that wore very quickly and were very loud (although very grippy). I would rate these Contis as only slightly less grippy and they possess excellent wet weather handling characteristics. Although a little vague on turn in, the tire is very predictable under cornering loads. The area where I am a bit disappointed is in tire noise. One of the reasons I went to these was because of the comments about how quite they are. I find them noisy, except on the smoothest pavement (maybe it's because of the 285 rears that are so wide). That being said, the ride quality is superb.

From cost perspective, these are pretty good value tires (especially due to preliminary wear which is negligible) compared to Michelin, Pirellis and Bridgestones. However, given my previous successes with Sumitomo HTR ZIIIs - they would be my first choice as replacements, because they were quieter with similar performance to the Contis.

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