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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.
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 is from 60 to 0 mph.
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 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
Treadwear warranty Commonly used by tire manufacturers to market tires, the warranty describes the typical tread life of the tire. Consumers should view the warranty an indicator of tread life only. Actual mileage will vary with vehicle type, driving style, road, and weather conditions, just to name a few variables. Nearly all treadwear warranties are based on pro-rated amount based on the usable tread worn off the tire.
Speed rating Speed rating. This letter denotes the maximum sustainable speed and is found directly after the load index. For S-speed-rated tires, it's 112 mph; for T, 118 mph. Speed ratings for other tires include Q, 99 mph; H, 130 mph; V, 149 mph; and Z, 150 mph plus. While such speeds may seem wildly impractical, tires with higher speed ratings tend to provide better handling at legal speed limits. Choose tires that have a speed rating at least as high as the one specified on your vehicle's placard.
UTQG treadwear UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG treadwear, an index developed by the government, compares a tire's tread life with that of a reference tire graded at 100. A tire with a grade of 300 is predicted to last three times as long as one graded at 100. Treadwear grades are just one indicator of tread life, but actual tire life will vary due to a number of factors including road conditions, driving habits, vehicle, and maintenance
UTQG traction UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG traction indicates the tire's ability to stop on a wet surface with Government grades of AA, A, B, C, from best to worst.
UTQG temperature UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG temperature indicates the tire's ability to resist heat build-up under test conditions with Government grades of A, B, C, from best to worst.
I replaced some Big O tires with these on my wife's RX330 for better handling in bad weather. They do a much better job on wet and snow covered roads. On dry I have noticed more noise and a firmer ride now that there are 20K+ miles on them. Tread life seams to be losing out, looks like they may last another 20k. I have kept them rotated and balanced and put nitrogen in them to see if it really is better. Price was pretty even with other tires. I will be switching to Michelins though, my wife took on a curb doing 40mph and lost. Two of them didn't survive and bubbled from the impact. A friend of mine has them on his WRX and they seem to be holding up better than mine did. I do recommend them for a lighter vehicle.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Excellent Tire..even in the snow!
Excellent All-season Tire
A Bit Soft For Uhp Rating
I'm very picky about my cars and tires. This is an excellent tire. Very smooth and quite and if I have a complaint it's that it is a bit too soft. Turn-in is a little slow and a bit spungy on my SUV's tall sidewalls. I looked at lower profile versions and the sidewalls are much stiffer so they may differ. No idea what's with CU's snow rating. After much snow driving this winter I can say they are impressive. Way above expectations in snow and for their nice ride. CU needs to review this.