Show up to a performance enthusiast car meet across the country and Continental all-season tires will have a strong showing across a number of vehicle brands and types.
Specifically, enthusiasts are likely to use the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 as their weapon of choice for increasingly challenging road conditions.
With dozens of options on the market, it’s telling that nearly every discussion about ultra-high performance all-season tires will involve the ExtremeContact DWS06.
If you’re not already on board the ExtremeContact DWS06 bandwagon, here’s what you need to know about Continental’s finest ultra-high performance all-season tire to date.
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Year-round traction, strong dry grip and feedback characteristics, superlative wet traction, comfort on the daily drive, reasonable rolling resistance, we could go on and on – the ExtremeContact DWS06 checks nearly all of the boxes on the four-season driving enthusiast’s wish list.
It can’t quite match the outright grip of a top tier ultra-high-performance summer tire, nor the purposeful traction of a winter tire in extreme wintry conditions. But what it lacks in maximum traction in each of these performance areas, it more than makes up for in remarkable versatility.
Whereas an ultra-high-performance summer tire becomes downright dangerous in winter temperatures, and most winter tires can’t really provide the performance and feedback to enjoy a spirited drive, the ExtremeContact DWS06 quite successfully dabbles in all of the above. It can singlehandedly get your sports car or performance vehicle “off the bench” in any season.
“From a distance, a BMW M235i equipped with all-season tires is a sad, disappointing thing, with its performance potential cut short by the low traction threshold suffered by many all-season tires… We were hard pressed to find issue with the road holding capability of the new DWS 06. The DWS handles weight transfer well, with mid-corner adjustments made without much fuss, and has plenty of overall grip. The new DWS tires put on a superb impression of a good dry/wet summer tire.” – AutomobileMag.com
The ExtremeContact DWS06’s asymmetric tread design is key to its year-round versatility.
The tread is a combination of Continental’s Sport Plus Technology, plus X-Sipes and Traction Grooves, which contribute traction in snow, ice, and wet conditions. As compared to its predecessor, the ExtremeContact DWS06 gains a 35% stronger sidewall design as well.
In the words of an Automobile magazine test, “The DWS 06 is different. While labeled as a tire for the dry, wet, and snow, it feels like a competent dedicated performance tire, that happens to have all-weather capability.”
Gone are the days when running an all-season tire meant a substantial drop off in traction and sloppy handling. The ExtremeContact DWS06 is engineered to complement performance vehicle chassis.
The ExtremeContact DWS06 isn’t Continental Tire’s first ultra-high-performance all-season tire success.
Its predecessor, the original ExtremeContact DWS, was arguably the first ultra-high-performance all-season tire to actually deliver on its year-round performance promises. In fact, this author intentionally (and unintentionally) tested that tire’s claims on more than one occasion on wintry mountain roads… and lived to write about it.
In the search for legitimate performance progress, Continental took a full three years to develop the ExtremeContact DWS06. The tire is a product of thousands of development miles on top of an already successful platform. The outcome of that developmental formula is a winner.
Continental utilizes a simple but particularly useful design feature to keep drivers abreast of their tire status: “QuickView” indicators.
Imprinted on the tread of the ExtremeContact DWS06 are the letters: D, W and S (standing for Dry-Wet-Snow).
Delivering sufficient performance in each of these road conditions is, in part, dependent on tread depth.
Dry conditions require the least amount of tread depth. Wet conditions require more, especially where there’s standing water on roadways. Sufficient snow traction generally requires 5/32-inch or more tread depth.
As the ExtremeContact DWS06 tread wears, so too do the D-W-S letters. The first to go will be the S (Snow), then W (Wet), and last of all, D (Dry).
A quick visual inspection of your ExtremeContact DWS06 tires will reveal performance potential based upon tread depth. For example, if you’ve driven through a couple of winters with success, but you’re headed into a third with the “S” worn from the tire tread, decreased wintertime performance would be expected.
The indicators can be used as signals to replace tires and for the driver to make sound driving and travel decisions.
And while you’re having a look at the tread depth, visit the useful rectangular Visual Alignment Indicators as well to verify you’re not experiencing uneven wear.
Over the course of those three years of development, improving on the original ExtremeContact DWS’s snow/winter traction was a high priority.
The ExtremeContact DWS06 features Traction Grooves and X-Sipes that improve snow performance through increased pattern edges, and enhance braking, cornering, and acceleration in all varieties of winter conditions.
Along with improved wintertime performance, longer mileage is on the docket for the ExtremeContact DWS06.
Certain sizes and specifications are eligible for an awesome 50,000-mile treadlife warranty. You’re unlikely to find a better treadlife warranty on a performance tire.
With 93 sizes ranging from 16-22-inches in diameter, the ExtremeContact DWS06 is a replacement tire match no matter what you drive.
And whether you’re rolling on factory wheels or aftermarket, the ExtremeContact DWS06 is probably a simple “plug and play” all season proposition.
Learn more about the ExtremeContact DWS06 on our TireBuyer product page. And if you have any questions about one of the unquestioned best ultra-high-performance all-season tires on the market, please give our team of tire experts a call at 866-961-8668!