Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

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Vehicle: 2008 Audi A6 3.2 Avant Quattro
Miles Driven on Tires: 2,000
Location: Napa, CA
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DW
Follow-Up Review: 3,000 miles on tires
March 05, 2012
Just took these tires on a proper twisty road for the first time and the sense of squirrely-ness is even greater. Reading some other comments, it seems like that may have as much to do with the nose heavy tendencies of my car as to the tires. Driving with more throttle to shift the weight rearward helps a lot. Overall these tires are happiest on the freeway I would say.
Initial Review: 2,000 miles on tires
February 16, 2012

Overall this is a tire that does a lot of things well but the soft sidewall is hard for me to get past.

Bought these to replace the worn out SportContact 3 that came on the A6, which handled well but were noisy and had pretty bad self-steering behavior towards the end of their life. These new tires improved those issues - it is a quieter tire, lots of wet and dry grip, great hydroplane resistance, more comfortable, and solved the self steering problem. However as some reviewers noted those benefits come with a very soft sidewall that has been really frustrating for me. Basically the soft sidewall has made a 35 series tire feel more like a 60 series. It doesn't respond well to quick steering inputs like avoiding a pothole or quick lane change - it just wants to squirm around a while before finding its line. The grip is still very good so if you set up a corner well it feels fine but if you have to make an adjustment mid corner it doesn't inspire confidence. Waiting for break-in and adding +1-2 psi (as others mentioned) helped but not significantly.

Overall I am impressed at how this tire does so many things well but ultimately they compromised too much on steering response. Probably won't be buying this again.

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