Super Street Network

 |   |   |  Continental ExtremeContact DWS - Check It
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Continental ExtremeContact DWS - Check It

An everyday tire with not-so-everyday performance.

Drew Farrington
Nov 5, 2010

I was half convinced that Luke was going to call Child Protective Services on me. He'd borrowed my car (an '07 Impreza) for a few hours, and when he came back, he asked, "You don't drive your daughter around in that car, do you?" The scary thing is, I do. Long story short, my wheels and tires had come off now-defunct sister publication SCC's project WRX. This was after they'd beat them to hell. And then 20k or so miles through sub-par Santa Ana, CA, streets later, and my tires were bad. Had it only looked like it was going to rain, I would have careened off the road.

Impp_1012_01_o+continental+extreme_contact_dws Photo 2/2   |   Available Sizes: 16-24
UTQG: 540AA

So I called up our pals at Continental. Since the Impreza is my daily, they recommended the new(ish) ExtremeContact DWS. In all fairness, anything would have been an improvement to my beat-ass rubber. But after about three weeks, my DWSs (205/50R17) are much more than just an improvement. They're a revelation.

As far as traction during acceleration and breaking, and improved rolling resistance, the DWSs have done nothing but impress. My daily commute is only eight miles, but it's through downtown Santa Ana, and it can be pretty dodgy. Punching it, swerving, breaking hard-all part of my drive each and every day.

The DWS was designed with all-weather performance in mind. Not just all-weather driving, but all-weather performance. There have been plenty of all-season tires that have left us, let's say, underwhelmed. Not the DWS.

Here comes the science. Their asymmetrical tread pattern and advanced tread compound mean the DWS really is made to work it in all situations. Their chamfered edges and solid outer shoulders create the largest possible contact patch, and they bite the road like . . . let's say a vampire. Those are big right now.

This is when the road is dry. And with other tires, this is where we'd be left disappointed. A tire might be super bitey and responsive in the dry, but throw it in the wet, and it's all slop and unresponsiveness. With the Contis, the wet responsiveness was unbelievably similar to the dry. This is because of their Enhanced Groove Curvature, which literally shoots water out of the tire's tread before it can break your contact with the road. We haven't had a chance to throw them around in the snow yet, but word is the grip is much the same story there.

The DWS is an all-around consistent performer and is the perfect daily-driven tire. Because of its Dynamic Temperature Distribution technology, the tread design distorts less, which means longer tire life, less rolling resistance, and less friction and noise. It works in all conditions, it can perform in the twisties, and it'll last a loooong time. Your search for tire Nirvana ends here.

Continental Tire / 704.588.5895 / www.continentaltire.com

By Drew Farrington
3 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE HOW TO

The Corolla hasn't been an exciting car to drive since the '80s. Toyota aims to change this stigma with its latest hatchback offering, and we're going to be 1 of the first to build 1 as a project car!
Sam DuSep 24, 2018
In a world where high-power V8s dominate, this 2.7L Toyota proves a force to be reckoned with.
Evan PerkinsSep 11, 2018
Produced for over 13 years in practically every configuration imaginable, the SR20 family of engines powered 18 different Nissan/Infiniti platforms throughout the world
Richard FongAug 31, 2018
New suspension parts for your build
RodrezAug 28, 2018
Super Street's Engine Tuning and Monitoring buyer's guide
RodrezAug 24, 2018
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP