Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Review

Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Review

  • Dry 95%
  • Wet 90%
  • Snow 75%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 85%
  • Treadwear 80%
  • Overall 85%
We’ve been hearing a lot of good things about the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 prior to this review. It is easy to understand why I was particularly excited to test the tires on real roads. The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is what I call a hybrid tire. The D, W, and S connotation means Dry, Wet, and Snow. Yes, this is an ultra-high performance tire that is also designed to perform admirably over snowy roads, which is frankly unbelievable.
Gone are the days when tires are just mere pieces of radial rubber. The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is proof that it is possible to merge excellent all-season performance in a sporty and comfortable package. Fortunately in this review, we have the right car for the job.

The car I’m talking about is a 2015 Lexus IS 350. Yes, this car is no better than the BMW 3-Series, but it manages to offer the right amount of sportiness and luxury in a compact package. Our test vehicle came with stock 17-inch wheels and relatively new Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 tires. The owner of the vehicle is a good friend of mine who is planning to sell the car. It was in pretty good shape and the interior is still practically brand new. The owner also told me the current Continental tires are simply the best ever fitted to his Lexus. He handed over the keys, shook hands, and told him I will try to find a prospective buyer during my test drive. I also promised to fill up the tank with gas since I felt I was going to drive this Lexus a bit more aggressively than the usual test drive.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 review: Features

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is an ultra-high performance all-season tire for sports coupes, sports cars, performance sedans, and sporty trucks. This is the tire to buy if you demand year-round driving performance even on slushy or icy terrain.

The tire is manufactured utilizing an advanced silica-enhanced all-season tread compound. Continental’s Sport Plus Technology and +Silane additives are also utilized to deliver advanced levels of traction on wet and snowy roads along with great treadlife. With an asymmetrical tread design equipped with chamfered edges and traction grooves to provide outstanding grip on dry roads and enhanced traction over snow.

The ExtremeContact DWS06 also comes with innovative QuickView Indicators to prevent irregular wear. Simply put, the tire will tell you if uneven wear is detected due to suspension or alignment problems. The tire also comes with Tuned Performance Indicators which consist of visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder. A visible DWS indicator means the tire is ready for any type of terrain, whether on dry tarmac, wet concrete, or ice-covered roads. When the S indicator wears out, it means the tire only has appropriate tread depth to tackle dry or wet roads. If the W and S indicators have worn away, the tire is trying to tell you that it is only good for dry roads only.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 review: Test Drive

I only got the chance to test the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 over dry and wet roads. However, the owner gave me a handful of stories about the performance of the tires over deep or moderate snow. Like I said, the car looked brand new, and it drove like a new car, too. The standard eight-speed automatic reacted like a dual-clutch tranny as I stepped hard on the gas, while the standard rear-wheel drivetrain gave the car a more sporting and linear feel over curves.

Dry Traction

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 felt magnificent over dry tarmac. In fact, it gave the Lexus a more sporting feel. If you know anything about cars, then you are probably aware of the sanitized nature of Lexus vehicles. But with the ExtremeContact DWS06 tires, my test vehicle felt like it was riding on slicks as I sped on the highway. The steering felt communicative too, which is in contrast to the rather dull nature of the tiller when fitted with the stock tires.

Wet Traction

The ExtremeContact DWS06 also felt magical over wet roads. I didn’t notice the tires slipping or skidding even as I was purposely trying to coerce the rear wheels to break traction. Mind you, I was doing this on an empty stretch of winding backroads. It’s suffice to say this tire is one of the best tires I have ever tested on the wet.

Snow Traction

Like I said, I didn’t get the chance to drive over snowy roads. But the owner of my test vehicle specifically told me the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 tires were the best he ever tried. He also told me the tires were good enough even over moderately deep snow. He even took the Lexus to Canada to attend a wedding and he encountered no problems as he drove or slick and icy terrain.

Comfort

I know for a fact the Lexus IS 350 is a comfortable cruiser. The ExtremeContact DWS06 tires managed to further enhance the touring comfort of my test vehicle. I know this is hard to believe, but it really felt like I was riding on higher profile tires as I drove over pockmarked city roads.

Noise

Noise levels were extremely low even as I drove over harsh concrete roads. Credit is due to the magnificent refinement of the Lexus, but the tires were able to tone down the low-pitched roar of ordinary tires in high speed driving.

Treadwear

The tires fitted to my test vehicle were still fresh even though they were more than 3 months old. However, I noticed the S indicator slowly fading into obscurity. Perhaps this is the low point of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06. Other reviewers were also critical of the tread life of the tires.

Conclusion

I had fun in this review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06. This is definitely one of the best options if you demand a tire to perform admirably in all weather conditions including snow or ice.

This tire is available in:

Sports coupes/sedans/crossovers, 16” to 22”, Ultra-high performance, All-season

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Review

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Review

  • Dry 85%
  • Wet 90%
  • Snow 80%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 80%
  • Treadwear 90%
  • Overall 86%

It is difficult to choose a tire if you live in areas with annual heavy rains and snow. With that being said, it can get a bit costly to buy two sets of tires for all-season and winter driving conditions. But the Continental ExtremeContact DWS tire is different.

In this review, we got the chance to test these tires in real world conditions. We wanted to find out if all the hype surrounding the Continental ExtremeContact DWS is true. If you’re not that much into cars (or tires for that matter), here’s what you need to know: the Continental ExtremeContact DWS is one of the top ultra-high performance tires engineered for true year-round and all-season driving.

For this review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS, we got the chance to test drive a 2017 Mazda CX-5 Touring fitted with Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires on stock 17-inch wheels. I’m not biased when it comes to cars, but the SKYACTIV Mazda CX-5 is one of the best crossover SUVs in my book. I think it not only looks better than the current Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, or Subaru Forester, but it really handles like a sporty compact, which I definitely appreciate in a car-based SUV.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS review: Features

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS is a sterling choice for sporty sedans, sports cars, sporting coupes, and even sporty trucks or crossovers. The DWS nomenclature simply means Dry, Wet, and Snow, which speaks highly about the capabilities of the tire. It is primarily engineered to satisfy the demands of year-round and all-season driving with highly capable snow or winter performance.

The tire is constructed using twin internal belts that are further reinforced with spirally wound jointless cap plies. This technique reduces the overall weight of the tire and ensures long-term integrity in sustained high-speed driving. The rubber is a blend of advanced silica, high grip, and all-season tread compound to produce a tire that performs extremely well in dry, wet, and snow.

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS features an attractive and sporty asymmetrical tread design equipped with stable shoulder blocks and a continued notched intermediate rib to enhance stability, cornering, and steering feel on wet or dry roads. Independent blocks on the center tread are equipped with high-angle crisscross grooves to provide more biting edges as the tire rolls over slippery or snowy terrain.

What makes the Continental ExtremeContact DWS unique are the built-in Tuned Performance Indicators. They are basically visible letters molded in the second rib from the outer shoulder that provides visual warnings on the condition of the tire. The DWS marking means the tire has sufficient tread depth to perform admirably on dry, wet, and snow. When the S marking fades away, the tire is only good for dry and wet. Stay on dry roads if you notice only the D marking on the tire.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS review: Test Drive

Our test vehicle was originally purchased in sunny California. The owner had to relocate to Minnesota for career-related issues, hence the abrupt need to change the tires. He told me the Continental ExtremeContact DWS gave his Mazda crossover the ability to survive the harsh Minnesota winter. That is high praise given the ExtremeContact DWS can also outrank other performance-biased tires in dry and wet roads.

Dry Traction

I have nothing but high praises for the Continental ExtremeContact DWS on dry tarmac. Traction was excellent and the grip was immense as I tossed the Mazda CX-5 hard towards a winding left-hand bend. Man, this SUV can really scoot like a Mazda3! Although body roll is still evident if you really push it, the tires never gave up on me even if the surface is peppered with fine sand and bits of loose dirt. Braking is also excellent as I was able to haul the CX-5 to a complete stop without peeing in my pants.

Wet Traction

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires were unperturbed by water puddles and heavy rain. Dare I say the tires felt better in the wet than on dry land? Maybe it’s just me, or maybe because the tires were really that good. Braking in the wet was also drama-free provided the tires are cooled down by the heavy downpour.

Snow Traction

I only tested the tires over moderately icy roads and I was able to travel at a moderate pace without skidding or losing traction. Braking was also admirable but not as strong as in the wet. You need to react faster and brake earlier if you want to avoid a collision. Overall, I am impressed on how the tires felt ‘normal’ when driven over snow.

Comfort

The Mazda CX-5 is one of those stiff-riding crossovers that offers the right balance between handling and ride comfort. Yes, it’s not floaty like a Lexus but it doesn’t wallow over bumps, either. The Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires gave my test vehicle a smooth and consistent ride quality even over rough patches of concrete roads. Mind you, it’s not as comfy as a set of touring tires, but it still gave my test vehicle a refined feel.

Noise

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires rolled silently over harsh city roads and was eerily quiet on the highway as well. Only at silly speeds will you notice some tire roar, but it wasn’t as harsh as other tires. If you drive sedately, the tires can deliver a noise-free driving environment.

Treadwear

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires in my test vehicle were driven for 4,000 miles before the S marking on the wear indicator began to fade. However, I think it’s an anomaly since my test vehicle is mostly driven in the city.

Conclusion

This review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS gave me a new perspective on the capabilities of a true all-season tire. It is safe to say it is one of the best choices if you need a high-performance sporty tire that won’t give up at the first sign of snow.

This tire is available in:

Sporty sedans/coupes/crossovers, 16” to 22”, Ultra-high performance, All-season

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Review

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Review

  • Dry 90%
  • Wet 80%
  • Snow 70%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 85%
  • Treadwear 85%
  • Overall 84%

The word ‘verde’ in Italian means ‘green’. The Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is an eco-friendly tire for small to midsize crossovers and sport utility vehicles. This tire is primarily designated as an all-season touring tire but the ‘Scorpion’ moniker means it can also handle light off-road duty. Come to think about it, when was the last time you came across a touring tire with the rugged DNA of an all-terrain tire? But the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is not just about on-road and off-road performance. This green tire also incorporates low rolling resistance and reduced weight to enhance the fuel economy while reducing the CO2 emissions of your SUV. It all sounds unbelievable, right? Well, you better believe it. The Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus offers all of that and much more. In reality, it has to be good since each tire will start upwards of $130 to $150 each. This is not the right tire to choose if you are short on cash, but very few SUV tires can offer the capabilities of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus. In this review, I was fortunate to acquire a 2012 Volvo XC90 SUV equipped with stock 20-inch wheels and Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Tires. My test vehicle is the R-Design model with the 3.2-liter V6 gasoline motor and 6-speed automatic transmission.

I am entirely familiar with the merits of the Volvo XC90. It offers the refinement of a sedan and the off-road capabilities of a true-blue sport-utility vehicle. The owner told me he used to have highway-terrain tires on his ride. He decided to upgrade to a more rugged set of tires when he bought a piece of land that he turned into a chicken farm. That’s right, a chicken farm. How will the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus tires fare on a variety of smooth roads and rugged trails? That’s what I’m here to find out.

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Review: Features

I previously mentioned the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is not the most economical choice for an SUV tire, but the tire is actually way cheaper than a comparable set of Michelin or Goodyear tires. The Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is built with Pirelli’s PNCS or Pirelli Noise Cancelling System. This technology utilizes a sound absorbing device applied to the inside circumferential wall of the tire top significantly reduce road noise. The tire is also equipped with optimized pitch sequence and phasing on the treads to further lower the internal noise. The tire also has a larger contact patch with four wide longitudinal grooves to offer better traction on wet and snow-covered roads. The tire is also equipped with a large number of longitudinal siping with high-lateral sipe density to offer excellent all-season performance even on light snow. The Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is manufactured by using a silica-enhanced tread compound to deliver exceptional all-season performance.

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Review: Test Drive

There is a reason why some car buyers still prefer the old Volvo XC90 over the new model. This is the type of SUV that you can really drive every single day. It is not as big and wide as the Ford Expedition yet it is more refined and spacious than a comparable Acura MDX or Ford Flex.

Dry Traction

This might sound like an overstatement, but the Pirelli Scorpion Verde Plus tires were able to stick like super glue on dry pavement. The steering felt responsive and braking was superb given the size and weight of my test vehicle. Handling was also excellent as long as you remain judicious with your steering and throttle inputs. It really felt like my test vehicle was riding on summer tires in the dry. It was that good. Planning to do some off-road driving? No sweat. The tires are equipped to handle light off-road trails without a hitch.

Wet Traction

It’s sort of a mixed bag when you’re driving in the wet. At slow to moderate speeds, the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus tires felt confident in the wet. But if you like driving at higher speeds on a wet highway, you better keep a firm grip on the wheel as the tires have a tendency to temporarily break traction as you drive on rain-soaked pavement.

Snow Traction

Traction and grip in the snow was quite admirable. However, if you are planning to take your SUV to a skiing holiday, it is better to upgrade to a proper set of snow tires since the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is not designed to tackle heavy snow.

Comfort

The suspension tuning of my test vehicle was the perfect match for the comfortable nature of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus tires. Make no mistake about it since the Volvo XC90 is renowned for its ride comfort, but the tires were able to elevate the comfort levels to another notch. Considering the fact my test vehicle was riding on 20-inch wheels, this is high praise indeed.

Noise

Since the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is basically a touring tire at the very core, it comes as no surprise that it rolled quietly even as I was breaching the speed limit on the highway. The tires were whisper-quiet at slow speeds and they remained muffled even at higher speeds. If you demand a comfortable and silent tire for your SUV, you don’t need to look further than this.

Treadwear

The Pirelli Scropion Verde All Season Plus tires in my test vehicle were purchased more than five months ago but the tires showed no signs of accelerated wear. I gave the tires a closer look and found minimal signs of wear on all four corners of the vehicle.

Conclusion

If you can afford it, the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is one of the best tires for sport-utility vehicles and luxury pickup trucks. This is the type of tire that can perform exceptionally well in all types of weather and road conditions without sacrificing comfort and a silent ride.