While outperformed by other tires in the dry and wet categories, the DWS nonetheless offers quality for an affordable price, and scored top of the class in Winter Performance. This tire’s treads are manufactured asymmetrically, giving it incomparable traction in slush and snow situations, when it matters the most. The Tuned Performance Indicators give the driver a visibly readable indicator as to the amount of treadwear on the tire itself. The letters DWS are fitted on the edge of the wheel so that whenever the letters are rubbed off due to wear, it indicates that you no longer have the tread depth to go through that particular element – an easily visible indicator as to the life of your tire, this is a superb addition that takes away the need to measure the tread depth manually.
One of the most remarkable qualities of the DWS are its Traction Grooves; specially designed to capture snow and further increase traction.
Unsurprisingly with a speed rating of W and Y, these tires perform well at high speeds; actually engineered to offer improved traction while cornering thanks to the treads being shaved off to a 45° angle. It’s not uncommon to see high-end cars having a set of Continental ExtremeContact DWS on them for this very purpose.
The dry testing is the lowest performance category for the DWS, and this may seem ominous at first, until you realize that this tire offers the amount of dry grip that you need, not the amount that you may want if you’re a recreational offroader – though it really shines when things become a little wet.
It’s not often that you see a tire that actually performs much better when rain or snow is involved, but the DWS is one of these occurrences, most of it’s body specially engineered to deal with these hazards.
The DWS is also engineered for North American performance, meaning that Continental took the time to do research on American and Canadian driving habits and modeled the tire off of that data. This is good because what’s better than to have something that’s already been made specifically with you and your needs in mind?
The Continental ExtremeContact DWS is a spirited, ultra-high performance tire, but it’s not for everybody. The sidewalls are a bit thinner than most people would like them to be, and they tend to bubble over time in semi-intense situations such as constant exposure to deep potholes, but this is a wonderful tire for winter city use, when the roads are too slick for regular tires.
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