Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus vs. ExtremeContact DWS06

The original ExtremeContact DWS (Dry, Wet and Snow) rolled on the scene over a decade ago and quickly amassed a loyal following because of its legitimate four-season performance. After four years of development, Continental is once again setting a high performance all-season tire benchmark with the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus. It will be offered in 100 sizes, which Continental suggests will cover 96% of the target segment, including new Tesla and C8 Corvette fitments.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus
Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus

What’s the difference between the DWS06 and the DWS06 Plus?

Continental’s commitment to continuous progress means that four-season driving enthusiasts will be better armed than ever before with the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus. The ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus manages to achieve gains in the key performance areas where it was already strong and exactly where many all-season tires fall short.

  • Superior dry & wet condition handling, including a 9% improvement in wet road braking performance. Simply put, the new ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus is a superior pure performance tire and faster than its predecessor in dry or wet conditions.
  • Remarkable 11% gains in snow traction.
  • Measurably more control on icy roads.
  • Incremental improvements in both treadlife and noise comfort, which typically suffer as objective high performance is upped.
DWS06 Plus vs DWS 06 performance chart
DWS06 Plus vs DWS 06 performance chart

What is the warranty on Continental tires?

Both the new ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus and original ExtremeContact DWS06 are covered under Continental’s renowned Total Confidence Plan warranty, which includes Flat Tire Roadside Assistance, treadlife coverage (up to 50,000 miles for both tires), road hazard coverage, and more.

Continental Tire Total Confidence Plan warranty
Continental Tire Total Confidence Plan warranty

The ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus’s class-leading 50,000-mile treadwear warranty and 560 are unchanged from the original, but Continental’s wear analysis shows some improvement in tire life vs. the ExtremeContact DWS06.

Are Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus tires run flat?

The original ExtremeContact DWS06 and ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus are not run flat tires. Run flat tires are most often developed and fitted by vehicle manufacturers as original equipment tires. The DWS06 and DWS06 Plus are aftermarket replacement tires.

ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus tread

Don’t be fooled by the lookalike tread – the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus is almost indistinguishable from the ExtremeContact DWS06. But as is always the case with tires, there’s far more going on than meets the eye.

The DWS06 Plus features compound updates and the newest generation SPORTPLUS+™ Technology, adding new features like Hybrid Cap ply, plus retains the key tread features that made the original DWS06 a resounding all season success.

So much of tire performance is determined beyond the tread, which is demonstrated by the fact that Continental was able to deliver substantial performance gains while keeping the tread design consistent.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus
Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus

Tuned Performance indicators: the tread will tell you when it’s time to replace

Continental will continue to use simple and extremely useful performance and alignment indicators.

When the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus begins to wear, the “S” (signifying snow traction) will be the first to disappear. Because of the importance of tread depth for winter driving, that will mean the tire is no longer optimized for snowy conditions. Next up will be the “W” (signifying wet traction), and finally the “D” (signifying dry traction).

The indicators permit the driver to recognize immediately where the tire is in the wear cycle, then adjust traction expectations and driving style accordingly.

To make sure you achieve the most miles before the loss of any DWS markers, Continental’s Alignment Verification System quickly alerts the driver of potential wheel mis-alignments causing uneven wear, compromised performance, and eventual premature tire expiration.

DWS06 Plus Alignment Verification System
Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus Alignment Verification System

What does DWS mean on Continental Tires?

“DWS” stands for “Dry-Wet-Snow” and are indicators imprinted on the tread of select Continental all season tires like the ExtremeContact DWS06 and DWS06 Plus. As the tire wears, the DWS indicators disappear.

Historically, Continental DWS-branded tires have been a cut above your typical all season tires in that they deliver legitimate year-round (including reasonable wintertime) performance.

Is the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus good in the snow?

The ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus distinguishes itself from the original DWS06 in snow and ice conditions. According to internal Continental testing, the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus holds a wintertime performance edge over multiple competitors in wintertime performance. The ExtremeContact DWS line has a longstanding reputation as all-season tires that don’t skip out on the important wintertime performance factor, making it a go-to option for those who put a high priority on wintertime performance.

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