Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Vehicle: 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,500
Location: Kitsap, Wa
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Follow-Up Review: 2,500 miles on tires
December 12, 2010
After having the first good rain since I bought these tires I can say that they are great with hydroplaning resistance and are comfortable in the wet. Not nearly as nice as the Eagle GT in the wet overall and both tires seem to have the same absolute hydroplaning resistance as compared to the usual suspects along my commute. They make a new-on-me shrill on *deeply* grooved concrete at highway speed.<br><br><br><br>The snow and ice traction for an all season is amazing and is good enough in my application 225/40r18 on a Cobalt SS Turbocharged that I wouldn't trade off the absolute dry and wet traction I have now for minimal gains in snow traction. I can start from a dead stop on a sheet of ice adorning the hill directly before my house and its a sizable grade. Its compacted snow performance is just divine. Its no summer performance tire but its good enough to stave off complete embarrassment until you can put on the summer shoes.<br><br><br><br>Final note, if you are used to running a quality summer tire pumping these tires up beyond the manufacturers suggested pressure (of course, keeping it under sidewall maximum) helps A LOT in making these things at least feel better. On the Cobalt sidewall max (40psi) was required but didn't adversely affect performance in any sense.
Initial Review: 1,500 miles on tires
November 24, 2010

Comparing this tire to the Goodyear Eagle GT several things were readily apparent from the get go. First, this tire did not have the 200 mile break in the GT required to feel normal. Second and more importantly this tire does not have the dry or wet grip the Eagle GT has. The difference is so stark I just can't believe how the tire rack came up with its track numbers as on Seattle roads, they simply don't perform as their numbers would suggest. Not even close. The wet performance(save for hydroplaning resistance which is on par with Eagle GT)is so poor that I initially was thinking of giving these back to Conti for another set of ContiSportContact2's and writing it off as a lesson learned. Then the snow and ice hit the Monday before Thanksgiving and my selection was vindicated. Compact snow performance is stunning. Fresh snow traction is not to be believed for an all season and the ice traction puts these tires with Tina Turner and Mad Max, well beyond Thunderdome. Limited slip front differential helped a little with my Cobalt Super Sport but these tires are what allowed me to climb a 10-12% grade hill (required to get to my house) that turns into a sheet of ice whenever the weather gets like this. After climbing the hill successfully, nary a slip, I decided to go down it to go up it one more time, stopping in the middle of the grade and restarting. Meeting with success in that test of the silly I can say what these tires sacrifice in dry and wet performance handling they more than make up for in snow and ice traction. Simply put, the Eagle GTs are that much better in dry, wet, and general performance. I only had the GT's on ice once and there were competent for an all season but nothing like the ExtremeContact DWS. I will be rotating these off the car as soon as I think snow is gone for the season and putting on my summer rubber since the traction otherwise is unlivable IMHO. Quiet&comfortable ride.

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