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Continental Extreme Contact DWS
 
Approximate retail price:
$148.00
Summary: The Continental Extreme Contact DWS has a 50,000 mile tread wear warranty in our tested size, 225/40ZR18. This tire is suitable for many coupes, sedans and sport cars.
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About - Continental Extreme Contact DWS

The Continental Extreme Contact DWS is part of the tire test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, ultra high performance all season tire models like the Extreme Contact DWS are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Dry braking:
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.

Dry handling:
Dry handling includes how well the tires gripped in an avoidance maneuver involving a swerve into the left lane and back into the right lane; dry cornering grip on our skidpad; and subjective steering feel.

Wet braking:
Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
About This Brand

Continental is in a distant fourth place in North American and global sales, behind Goodyear, Bridgestone, and Michelin. Still, it offers a full complement of original and replacement tires. The Germany-based Continental Corporation is a top automotive supplier of brake systems and various vehicle components, in addition to tires. The U.S. tire operations have headquarters in Lancaster County, S.C. The company sells the Continental and General tire brands. In the past, General has shined for light-truck tires in our testing.

Features & Specs - Continental Extreme Contact DWS
info Treadwear warranty 50,000
info Speed rating Y
info UTQG treadwear 540
info UTQG traction A
info UTQG temperature A
info Size tested 225/40R18
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User Reviews - Continental Extreme Contact DWS
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4.0
Poor snow traction? Not for me!
11/15/2014
Pros
Handling
Noise
Ride comfort
Value
Wet grip
Winter traction
Cons
On-center Tracking Minor
Best Uses
Comment:
I wonder when Consumer Reports tested these tires on snow? Were those ancient tires? Tire Rack testers and all the owner reviews I've seen dispute CR's snow poor traction claim. <br /><br />I bought my Continental Extreme Contact DWS 235/45ZR17's in November 2009. They currently have 43,463 miles on them (the best I've gotten from any tires on this car), and if it were spring instead of late fall, I'd make it though the summer. Granted, my commute is only 17 miles each day, but they've been on trips from Chicago to Colorado, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, New York, and North Carolina, too.<br /><br />Even in the heavy Chicago north-suburban area snows since 2009 (even through 2013 and 2014's deep winter snows) , the snow traction has been excellent, nearly snow-tire quality traction.<br /><br />Dry traction and wet traction have also been wonderful, though not race-tire quality. They are pretty quiet, and in general perhaps the best tires I've driven in my 48 years of spirited driving experience. One minor improvement would be better on-center tracking, they tend to need frequent minor steering adjustments when traveling on straight roads.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
Awesome Snow Traction, Short Tread Life
11/8/2014
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Noise
Ride comfort
Wet grip
Winter traction
Cons
Tread life
Best Uses
Comment:
I have no idea what CR does to test winter grip, but they're *completely* incorrect. The second I drove off the lot last winter with these, their winter-tire-like snow grip was clear as day. They blew my old Michelin MXV4H's away - there's honestly no comparison. The DWS tires chew through all the winter Wisconsin can throw at them, and perform pretty well in summer. Check out instrumented tests at TireRack, for example - the DWS is far and away the best performance A/S for winter. They aren't really great summer A/S tires, but they are very good and wet traction is strong. They also ride nicely and are fairly quiet. The one main negative is poor tread life - I put a new set on this year due to some sidewall problems related to my awful driveway, but the old set with 10k miles was already half used up. I figure you can't have it all, so I only docked them one star for that.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
Excellent in All Seasons-Fair Tread Life
9/28/2014
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Ride comfort
Value
Wet grip
Winter traction
Cons
Noise
Tread life
Best Uses
Comment:
I drive an '06 Infiniti M35x. These tires are really excellent in my opinion; especially in ice and snow contrary to CR's opinion. This model Infiniti is especially prone to tramlining, and this tire specifically eliminates the problem. <br /><br />The only reason I didn't give it a 5 star was due to the poor tread life. I've had to own a couple of sets of this style Conti due to poor tread life-but I wouldn't trade them due to their excellent performance; it's a worthwhile trade off.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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