Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Vehicle: 2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed
Miles Driven on Tires: 12,000
Location: Toronto, ON
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Initial Review: 12,000 miles on tires
November 28, 2012

I bought these the moment I picked up the RX8 in January of this year -- the car came with summer Bridgestone Potenzas and you can imagine the terror these were causing in the Canadian winter. After a week of surviving the Bridgestones, I immediately went to these Conti DWS and the difference was night/day. These tires are extremely responsive and although we didn't have much snow last winter, I was able to drive with confidence in the snow we did get. I strongly recommend giving the tire some time to warm up in cooler temperatures -- it was quite common for my rear wheels to spin at 35mph in cooler rain, even in third gear low RPM. I beat these up pretty badly this past summer.. and they were always up to the challenge. Dry performance is fearless -- 55mph cornering is a breeze. I'm excited to test their endurance and how they will be now with some of the tread worn out (good news is the S in DWS is nowhere near worn out yet). I will definitely go back to the same rubber next time around.

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