Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Tire Review

The ExtremeContact DWS06 by Continental is an Ultra high performance All-season tire with a wide range of applications.

Review Highlights: The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is excellent in snow stopping distance, and braking on ice as well. The downside is that center steering response is somewhat lacking, even while driving on dry highway pavement.

The DWS in this tire model’s name stands for “Dry, Wet, Snow”, which can be experienced through a complex series of grip technologies.

The following in-depth review will focus on where the DWS06 is strongest and it’s weak points.

General Handling

Despite it’s many different tread patterns, the ExtremeContact DWS06 facilitates an average response in dry conditions.

However, additives of silica and +Silane help improve steering and braking performance specifically on slick and snowy roads.

An exclusive sport sidewall insert strengthens the inner core and provides 35% more stiffness and cornering control than the previous model.

Wet Traction and Rain

This tire promotes top-level control on both wet and dry roads and has the features to excel on both.

High-angled, crossed grooves produce a biting edge that runs along the center of the tire and continually grips the road.

The varied tread types offer grip in every single direction, which is important on roads battered by heavy rain.

The superior traction offered by the ExtremeContact DWS06 can have a tendency to leave extra rubber on dry roads if quickly accelerating, which can lead to uneven wear.

Snow and Winter Performance

If there was a place where this Continental tire shows off, it is in snowy and icy conditions.

The outboard shoulder blocks grab the road while taking corners and prevent slippage and wheel spinning that can lead to accidents.

Featuring Continental’s Traction Grooves, which are small ridges at the bottom of the main tread grooves that enhance traction in every direction while driving in snow.

A compound infused with silica and +Silane increases tread life under strenuous conditions like ice and snow and is molded into this tire’s tread design.

Rocky Conditions

Traction and control on dirt and gravel roads pose very little issue for the DWS06.

For mud and heavy slush, this is probably not the best choice tire.

Tread Design and Sipes

Tread design is the area that this tire has the most unique features and innovative engineering at play.

With both independent blocks and criss-crossed tread grooves, the design adapts to anything that it might come across.

QuickView indicators let you know about any alignment issues that may increase treadwear.

Tuned Performance Indicators also tell you the best driving conditions for the tire’s current tread depth.

The X-sipes on the central blocks of the tread combine with the inboard shoulder blocks to push water away from the tire and help prevent hydroplaning.

Some of this extra traction technology could lead to faster treadwear on this tire in dry or hot weather.

Ratings And Score

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 received an overall score of 88% out of 100. These results are based on individual rating aspects shown in the chart below.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Ratings

What Are The Pros?

  • Impeccable stopping power in moderate snow.
  • Excellent tire craftsmanship and quality.
  • Exceptional treadwear longevity in all weather types.

What Are The Cons?

  • Average center steering response for such a high performance tire.
  • Price is a little steep for All-Season tires.

Treadwear Warranty

Continental offers Tread ‘Wearout’ Coverage up to 80,000 miles.

The limited warranty also offers replacement tires if your ExtremeContact DWS06’s become unserviceable within the first twelve months of purchase.

Continental also offers a Customer Satisfaction Trial of 60 days towards replacement of new tires.

Additional Spec Information

  • Countries of origin include USA, Czech Republic, France, Romania, Portugal, Denmark and Slovakia
  • Max load range is from 1,074 to 2,601 pounds.
  • Tread depth is 10/32”
  • Uniform Tire Quality Grade is 560 AA A

Should You Buy the ExtremeContact DWS06?

When trying to determine whether or not this tire is going to suit your needs for where you live and where you drive, there are a few questions you should try to answer.

  • Are you looking for a comfortable and confident ride no matter what the weather is like? This tire is a very good choice.
  • Do you need a tire that has high performance on both snow and ice? This tire is an excellent option.
  • Is cornering and handling the most important aspect of driving for you? This tire is an average option.
  • Do you want the latest in tread technology and high performance features? This is an excellent choice.

Popular Vehicles Using This Tire

  • Dodge Challenger T/A
  • Mazda3
  • BMW X5 Diesel
  • Audi Q5
  • Subaru BRZ tS
  • Honda Civic Si
  • Porsche Cayenne GTS
  • Ford Fusion

Final Thoughts

If you have a wide variety of driving conditions that you encounter on a regular basis, having an all-weather, high performance tire is essential.

The ExtremeContact DWS06 is an excellent tire in winter conditions, but is not a cheap option for those on a budget. It is however an upgrade if you are currently running the Continental ContiSportContact 5P.

Overall, the DWS06 is capable of handling multiple road environments, as the craftsmanship this tire was built with provides safety and great performance.

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