Is the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 the right all-season, UHP tire for your vehicle? This Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 tire review has the answer.
The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 performs according to expectations. It supplies outstanding traction and grip in dry, wet and snowy conditions. It also delivers assured handling combined with precise and fast steering response. Drivers will also enjoy a refined driving experience.
In this Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 tire review, we will walk you through some of its key features and technologies, its performance in different conditions and surfaces, its ride quality as well as its warranties and guarantees. We’ll also look at some of the vehicles it can fit, as well as its pros and cons. And by the end of this review, you will have all the answers you are looking for, to decide whether the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is the right tire for your vehicle.
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About the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06
The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is an all-season tire, ultra-high performance tire.
It’s designed for drivers of sports coupes, performance sedans, sports cars and various types of sporty trucks, looking for a high-performance tire.
It’s engineered to deliver a confidence-inspiring performance in inclement weather, combined with excellent all-year-around traction.
According to Continental, this tire is also built to provide assured and safe handling, combined with a comfortable and smooth ride.
Simply put, it’s more of an advanced all-season tire, featuring enhanced snow, ice and wet capabilities.
Performance Features and Technologies
The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is a hybrid all-season tire, drawing its inspiration from a touring tire all-season tire, an ultra-high performance tire and a cold-weather tire.
As you can see, it’s designed to be used in a wide range of weather conditions, ranging from dry conditions to snow-covered roads.
And Continental has equipped it with several features and technologies, to ensure it can meet its objectives. They include:
Asymmetrical Tread Design
This all-season ultra-high performance tire comes with an asymmetric tread design, featuring special traction grooves and chamfered edges.
These key features combine to deliver excellent grip and traction, especially on dry roads.
At the same time, the tire’s wider shoulder blocks help to provide safe, secure and stable handling as well as precise steering response.
Advanced All-Season Tread Compound
Continental has further equipped this tire with an advanced all-season tread compound, featuring its exclusive SportPlus Technology.
The advanced all-season tread compound contains higher levels of silica and +Silane additives.
All these features and technologies help to significantly enhance the tire’s performance on wet and snow-covered roads.
Multiple Traction Grooves
This tire also comes with multiple traction grooves, designed to provide additional biting edges.
Thanks to this design, this tire will provide you with the traction and grip that you need, to tackle wet, slippery, snowy or icy roads.
The additional biting edges also help to enhance the tire’s cornering performance and braking in varying conditions and terrains.
Tuned Performance Indicators
Continental has also outfitted this tire with Tuned Performance Indicators, featuring visible letters, which have been stamped inside the tire’s tread blocks.
These performance indicators help to monitor whether the tire is wearing out uniformly. Also, they can help you to determine whether your vehicle is properly aligned.
Visible DWS Indicator
The DWS designation on this tire means it’s engineered to tackle dry, wet and snowy conditions.
Continental has provisioned it with a visible DWS indicator, making it easy to monitor whether it has adequate traction for the various conditions.
For instance, if the S indicator wears out, then it’s an indication that the remaining tread can only tackle dry and wet conditions.
And when the S and W markings wear out, it means the remaining tread is only appropriate for tackling dry roads.
Performance in Different Terrains and Conditions
As discussed above, this tire has been equipped with several advanced features and technologies.
These advanced features and technologies are designed to ensure this tire can deliver the best performance possible, in varying conditions and terrains.
So, how does the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 fare in different weather conditions and surfaces?
I mounted a set of these tires on a Honda Accord and took them for a test ride. And these are the observations I made:
This tire is a cut above most of the others in its category when it comes to performance on dry roads.
It gave my Honda Accord an enhanced sporting feel. The steering was accurate, precise and quick.
The handling was secure and stable while the braking felt powerful. Also, the braking distances were extremely short.
It felt as if I was rolling on slicks on the highway. Overall, its performance on dry tarmac is impressive.
Performance on Wet and Slippery Roads
As previously mentioned, the W symbol in this tire means it’s adequately equipped to handle wet and slippery surfaces. But does it deliver as promised?
Without a doubt, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06, is hands down, one of the best performers when it comes to wet and slippery conditions.
During my test ride, this tire deliver a powerful and assured grip, even when driving through extremely slippery surfaces.
Also, I didn’t experience any skidding or slipping, even on the wettest surfaces. Braking in wet and slippery conditions felt assured and my vehicle was stopping with confidence.
Compared to the other ultra-high performance tires that I have tested in such conditions, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is in a class of its own.
Performance in Ice and Snowy Conditions
The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is also built to be reliable and adequate in snowy and icy conditions.
And it didn’t disappoint, during the test ride. I didn’t experience any issue when I was driving through icy and snowy terrains.
As long as the S indicator is present on the tire’s tread, then it means it has adequate traction for driving in snowy conditions.
But having said that, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is not a dedicated winter or snow tire.
While it may deliver steady and dependable traction on roads covered with ice or snow, the traction will only be there when the S indicator is visible.
Once the S indicator wears out, then this tire may not be safe for driving through snow or ice.
So, if you live in an area that experiences heavy snowfall throughout the year, then it will be highly advisable to buy a set of proper winter or snow tires.
Ultra-high performance tires are renowned for their outstanding traction and grip. They also lend the vehicle a sporty feel, making it enjoyable to drive.
The problem is, the majority of the UHP tires that I have tested tend to compromise on ride quality.
But with the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06, I have nothing to complain about when it comes to ride quality.
It’s one of the quietest UHP tires on the market today. In fact, it’s even quieter on the highway, compared to some of the all-season touring tires.
And besides being quiet, it also delivers a smooth and comfortable ride. During the test, it absorbed potholes and bumps extremely well.
Also, you will not experience vibrations in the cabin, even when you are driving through uneven tarmac or rough concrete.
Overall, this tire managed to significantly improve the touring comfort of my Honda Accord, better than I had expected.
Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Warranties and Guarantees
All new Continental passenger and light truck tires are covered by the brand’s Total Confidence Plan.
The Total Confidence Plan features a limited manufacturer warranty, treadlife warranty, road hazard coverage and a customer satisfaction trial.
And the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is also eligible to be covered under these warranties and guarantees.
So, what’s the level of coverage for the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06? Let’s take an in-depth look.
Limited Manufacturer Warranty
This warranty is designed to protect you from loss if your Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 becomes unserviceable due to workmanship or materials defects.
So, in case your tire is removed from service due to a condition covered under this warranty, Continental will replace it.
For the replacement, you can either get a new comparable tire free of charge or Continental will replace it on a pro-rata basis.
If the tire is removed from service during its first 2/32-inch of its original usable tread or within 12 months from the date of purchase, Continental will replace it with a comparable new one, free of charge.
Continental will also pay for mounting and balancing charges while you will be responsible for applicable taxes and miscellaneous service charges.
And if the tire becomes unserviceable outside the free replacement window, Continental will replace it on a pro-rata basis.
For a pro-rata basis, you will contribute a certain amount of money towards the tire’s replacement.
You will also be responsible for shipping, mounting and balancing charges, in addition to applicable taxes and related service charges.
Coverage for the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 under this warranty extends for 3 years or 72 months from the tire’s date of purchase or until it's worn down to its tread wear indicators.
The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 comes with a 50,000-mile treadlife warranty.
And this means that Continental has warranted it against tread wear-out, up to 50,000 miles.
So, if the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 wears out uniformly across its tread down to its tread wear indicators before it has attained 50,000 miles, then it’s eligible to be replaced.
Replacement under this warranty will be done on a pro-rata arrangement, where Continental and the buyer will share the tire’s replacement costs.
The buyer’s replacement amount will depend on the mileage percentage the tire has delivered by the time it’s removed from service.
This percentage will then be multiplied by the dealer’s current selling price for this tire.
For example, your Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 may wear down uniformly to its tread wear indicators, having only delivered 40,000 miles.
And this means this tire has only delivered 80% of the warranted mileage. Assuming it’s currently selling at around $200, your replacement charge will be $160.
You will also be responsible for shipping, mounting, balancing as well as all the applicable taxes for the installation.
Road Hazard Coverage
The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is also protected by Continental’s road hazard coverage.
Under this coverage, if your replacement Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 tire develops a road hazard condition during its first 2/32-inch of its original usable tread or within 12 months from the purchase date, Continental will replace it with a comparable new one.
A road hazard can be a puncture, a snag, bruise, cut or impact break. So, if it’s damaged by any of these elements, you should get a free replacement.
However, you will be required to pay for the tire’s shipping, mounting, balancing, applicable taxes and other miscellaneous costs.
Customer Satisfaction Trial
All Continental passenger and light-truck tires come with a customer satisfaction trial. And the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is no exception.
Under this guarantee, you have up to 60 days after purchasing this tire to give it a test and decide whether to keep it or not.
If you decide not to keep this tire, you are free to return it to its original place of purchase, and you will get a free replacement.
You can either decide to exchange one or more tires. However, you will pay for all applicable taxes.
Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Fitment
Continental produces this tire in several sizes, ranging between 16 inches and 22 inches. And with such a vast selection of sizes, it can fit a wide range of vehicles like:
- Cadillac CTS and ATS
- Dodge Charger, Challenger and Dart
- Acura RSX, TSX, ZDX and ILX
- Chevrolet Malibu, Cruze, Sonic, Cobalt, Impala and Camaro
- Hyundai Genesis, Sonata, Tiburon and Elantra
- Buick Verano
- Honda Civic and Accord
- Subaru Legacy and Impreza
- Volvo V70, C70, S80 and S60
- Mitsubishi Eclipse
- Infiniti G37, G37, Q45 and I35
- Kia Soul, Forte, Optima and Rondo
- Toyota Prius, Camry, Corolla, Avalon and Matrix
- Mazda 3 and 5
- Nissan Leaf, Sentra, Maxima and 350Z
Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Pros
- Exceptional wet, dry and snow traction
- Fast and accurate steering response
- Assured handling and cornering
- Quiet, smooth and comfortable ride
Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Cons
- Quite pricey
Should You Buy the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06?
The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is a great UHP all-season tire, which ticks almost all the boxes in this category. It's traction and handling in wet, dry and snowy conditions are outstanding. And on top of that, it also delivers a comfortable, quiet and smooth ride, even on rough and uneven surfaces.
And while it may be more expensive than most of the UHP tires, its outstanding all-season capabilities combined with top-notch handling performance is unmatched.
So, if you own a luxury sports coupe, a sporty car, a performance sedan or a sporty light truck and you are looking for a UHP all-season tire, then Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 deserves serious consideration.
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