Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

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Vehicle: 2007 Nissan 350Z Base
Miles Driven on Tires: 3,500
Location: Concord, CA
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DW
Initial Review: 3,500 miles on tires
February 23, 2012

I posted a review on the second day I owned the tires. This is an update.. The O/E tires, Bridgestone RE050a were replaced by the DW's. The tires (MFG size) have been on for about 3 months and I've become even more impressed! Couple of points....originally, at lower pressures, the tires were not as responsive as the 050's. However, as a person who believes in higher tire pressures, (47,000 miles out of the 050's on the rear, 63,000 on the 050 Pole Positions on the front) I increased to just below sidewall max... 50 front, 48 rear. Handling sharpened immediately, however, the tire was riding too much on center of the tread. Apparently, the DW's are not as flat as the 050's. I decreased the front to 48, and 44 in the rear. Based upon the dust markings of the tire, it's riding just where it should...with a just a portion of the shoulder in contact. This is more evident on the rears due to the independent suspension.

Cornering on the new DW's is almost as sharp as the 050's when new! Moreover, on mountain road sweeping turns, the tire has virtually no sharp turn in and set, the entire process is VERY smooth throughout the turn. The tires hold extremely well..and provide a better feel than the 050's without the 050's sharpness. The more confidence I felt, the harder I pushed.... the tire never let me down!

In the rain? What water?!?! The tire, with it's wide grooves, seems unaffected by the wet... and it just seems to hold!

Tread wear is negligible for the first 3,500, so time will tell..

Even without considering the price point, it's a great tire!

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