Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Vehicle: 2004 BMW X5 4.8is
Miles Driven on Tires: 25,000
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Initial Review: 25,000 miles on tires
October 18, 2012

This is a great tire, I'm on my 2nd set and having historically only run Michelin, I'm totally sold on these DWS. I'm a retired racing driver and drive my 4.8is very hard, regularly in the triple digits and weekly back road poundings. Its on HR sports over Bilstein HD, custom bars, 2.5 deg camber on all 4 corners, stoptech drilled cryo rotors with ebc redstuff pads, custom intake/exhaust, its faster than it should be and I don't feel that I need more tire than the DWS in stock spec. There is a still some understeer, but a large improvement over the stock setup air suspension, but of course its not as smooth. In the dry its hard to break it loose, totally solid in heavy rains, only hydroplaning when I'm really pushing it, and handles the worst tahoe snow storms no prob. They're wide spec, so its no snow tire, but I would have a snow setup if I thought I needed it, the DWS is enough. I get 25k mls out of a set, but there's a lot of tahoe/bay area trips in that. Add in the price, and I'm very happy with these tires. The ride quality and noise is on par with Michelin Latitude, but the DWS produces significantly more grip in all conditions. The only weakness is when you're in the last 10% of wear they're not as quiet/smooth as the Michelin.

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