January 28

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Review – Does It Meet Expectations?

For sports and performance-based cars, the right tire can show its full potential.

So if you own a sports coupe, sports truck, or performance sedan, you should be looking for a set of tires that let you take advantage of its speed and comfort — regardless of the season. 

This is where the Continental ExtremeContact DWS shines. 

This performance-dedicated tire was made to withstand any season while being responsive, durable, and user-friendly (we’ll talk about that later)

But when put to the test, does it meet expectations?

Let’s find out in this in-depth Continental ExtremeContact DWS review. 

NOTE: The ExtremeContact DWS has been upgraded to the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Specs

Designed For:Sports cars, performance-based cars
Warranty:6 years / 50,000 miles
Sizes:16” 17” 18” 19” 20” 22”
Pros:Very responsive to steering
Performs on light to medium snow
Great dry and wet traction
Has indicators for treadwear
Cons:Slightly more expensive
Creates a noticeable road noise
Available In:Tire Rack (Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus)

Let’s talk about these specs in the following section. 

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Tire Type

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Review
Source: tirerack.com

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS is an all-season tire dedicated to performance-based and sports cars. It was made to provide a strong grip on dry and wet roads, even in medium snow. 

If there’s one thing that stands out, it’s that it really is an ALL-SEASON tire. While other tires claim that they have a strong grip in snow, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS is one of the few tires that do well with this claim. 

One of the unique features of this tire is the DWS QuickView indicator. This feature includes the “D” (for dry), “W” (for wet), and “S” (for snow) indicators on the wheel. 

It works by letting you know if the tread depth is already gone. For example, if you no longer see the “S” on the tire, then it means that the current tread depth is not suitable for snowy roads. 

Sure, you can still use the tires, but performance will be somewhat affected. 

Is the Continental ExtremeContact DWS Good for Rain and Snow?

When it comes to trudging on rain and a few inches of snow, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS comes up at the top. 

The tire tread design focuses largely on improving traction on slippery roads. 

The design features Continental’s SPORT PLUS+ Technology, which includes asymmetrical tread lines, +saline additives, and traction grooves. 

There are also independent inboard shoulder blocks that avoid hydroplaning. 

We can confirm that these tire features have indeed made Continental ExtremeContact DWS an ideal choice for slippery roads.  

Is the Continental ExtremeContact DWS Good for Dry Weather?

Just like its performance on wet roads, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS shows its strength on dry roads, too. 

Even if you steer hard, the tires stick to the pavement. Of course, this assumes that you drive within its speed limits. 

It also helps that the Continental ExtremeContact DWS is very responsive and provides a less bumpy ride. So even if you use it on gravel roads, it feels comfortable and smooth. 

Is the Continental ExtremeContact DWS Quiet?

If there is one thing that this tire has to improve on, it’s the noise. 

A common complaint of several users is the noise the tire makes, whether in dry or wet conditions. 

There is a low hum to the tire which can be noticeable if you’re sensitive to sound. But if you’re not, the noise is barely heard – not enough to disturb or distract you. 

If you push the tire to its limits, speed- and tread depth-wise, the noise will become louder. To avoid this, make sure to stay within the limits recommended by Continental.

Which Vehicles Fit the Continental ExtremeContact DWS?

As we mentioned, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS was specifically made for performance-based cars. However, you can also use it for passenger cars – just make sure that the tire size is accurate. 

Here is a short list of cars that are best suited for this tire: 

  • Acura TSX, TL   
  • BMW 328i, X5, XI, 528i, Z4, M3, 750i   
  • Chevrolet Camaro, HHR, Cobalt, Impala SS, Corvette   
  • Dodge Challenger   
  • Ford Mustang, Fusion, Fiesta   
  • Honda Civic, Accord, Civic   
  • Hyundai Sonata, Genesis   
  • Infiniti G37, G35X   
  • Lexus ES350, IS 350C, GS300   
  • Mercedes C Class, E320, S63 AMG, CLK500   
  • Nissan 370Z, 350Z   
  • Pontiac G8, GTO   
  • Porsche 911, Cayenne   
  • Scion TC   
  • Subaru Legacy, Impreza WRX   
  • Toyota Camry, Prius, Avalon, Corolla S   
  • Volkswagen Jetta, GTi, CC, Tiguan SEL   
  • Volvo S80, V50, S60, V70  

Of course, this is not an extensive list. Don’t be discouraged if your vehicle is not there. 

Instead, you can check if it fits your vehicle by looking into the tire sizes. 


The Continental ExtremeContact DWS has several sizes starting from 16” to 22”. 

Let’s look at the details of each size.

16” Continental ExtremeContact DWS Sizes

  • 195/50ZR16 84W BSW
  • 205/45ZR16 83W BSW
  • 205/50ZR16 87W BSW
  • 205/55ZR16 91W BSW
  • 215/55ZR16 93W BSW
  • 225/50ZR16 92W BSW
  • 225/55ZR16 95W BSW

17” Continental ExtremeContact DWS Sizes

  • 205/45ZR17 88W XL BSW
  • 205/50ZR17 93W XL BSW
  • 215/45ZR17 91W XL BSW
  • 215/50ZR17 95W XL BSW
  • 215/55ZR17 94W BSW
  • 225/45ZR17 91W BSW
  • 225/50ZR17 94W BSW
  • 225/55ZR17 97W BSW
  • 235/45ZR17 94W BSW
  • 235/50ZR17 96W BSW
  • 235/55ZR17 99W BSW
  • 245/40ZR17 91W BSW
  • 245/45ZR17 95Y BSW
  • 245/50ZR17 99W BSW
  • 255/40ZR17 94W BSW
  • 255/45ZR17 98W BSW
  • 275/40ZR17 98W BSW

18” Continental ExtremeContact DWS Sizes

  • 215/35ZR18 84Y XL BSW
  • 215/40ZR18 89Y BSW
  • 215/45ZR18 93Y XL BSW
  • 225/40ZR18 92Y XL BSW
  • 225/45ZR18 91Y BSW
  • 225/50ZR18 95W BSW
  • 235/40ZR18 95Y BSW
  • 235/45ZR18 98Y XL BSW
  • 235/50ZR18 97W BSW
  • 235/55ZR18 100W BSW
  • 245/40ZR18 97Y BSW
  • 245/45ZR18 100Y BSW
  • 255/35ZR18 90Y BSW
  • 255/35ZR18 94Y BSW
  • 255/40ZR18 99Y BSW
  • 255/45ZR18 103Y XL BSW
  • 255/55ZR18 109W XL BSW
  • 265/35ZR18 97Y XL BSW
  • 265/40ZR18 101Y BSW
  • 275/35ZR18 95Y BSW
  • 275/40ZR18 99Y BSW
  • 285/30ZR18 93Y BSW
  • 285/35ZR18 101Y XL BSW
  • 295/35ZR18 99Y BSW

19” Continental ExtremeContact DWS Sizes

  • 215/35ZR19 85Y BSW
  • 225/35ZR19 88Y XL BSW
  • 225/40ZR19 93Y XL BSW
  • 235/35ZR19 91Y XL BSW
  • 245/35ZR19 93Y XL BSW
  • 245/40ZR19 98Y BSW
  • 245/45ZR19 98Y BSW
  • 255/35ZR19 96Y XL BSW
  • 255/50ZR19 107W XL BSW
  • 265/30ZR19 93Y XL BSW
  • 275/30ZR19 96Y XL BSW
  • 275/35ZR19 100Y XL BSW
  • 275/40ZR19 101Y BSW
  • 275/45ZR19 108W XL BSW
  • 285/30ZR19 98Y XL BSW
  • 285/35ZR19 99Y BSW
  • 295/30ZR19 100Y XL BSW

20” Continental ExtremeContact DWS Sizes

  • 225/35ZR20 90Y BSW
  • 245/30ZR20 90Y BSW
  • 245/35ZR20 95Y BSW
  • 245/40ZR20 99Y BSW
  • 245/45ZR20 103W BSW
  • 255/35ZR20 97W BSW
  • 255/45ZR20 105W XL BSW
  • 265/35ZR20 99Y BSW
  • 275/30ZR20 97Y BSW
  • 275/35ZR20 102Y BSW
  • 275/40ZR20 106W BSW
  • 275/45ZR20 110W BSW
  • 285/30ZR20 99W BSW
  • 295/40ZR20 110W BSW
  • 315/35ZR20 110W BSW

22” Continental ExtremeContact DWS Sizes

  • 245/30ZR22 92Y BSW
  • 265/30ZR22 97Y BSW
  • 285/30ZR22 101Y BSW
  • 295/25ZR22 97Y BSW


The Continental ExtremeContact DWS is slightly more expensive than most all-season tires. Price ranges from $120 to more than $280.

Despite the price, users have seen this to be a worthy investment to fully bring out their cars’ performance. To add to that, the comfort these tires give can easily justify a few bucks more. 


The Continental ExtremeContact DWS’s warranty runs up to 6 years or 50,000 miles for the treadwear. 

For workmanship and material defects, the warranty is also up to 6 years. But, you can get a FREE replacement on the first 2/32” wear. 

Take note that at Tire Rack any tire repair voids the warranty. 

Should You Get the Continental ExtremeContact DWS?

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS has proven that it’s more than just a new set of features. With all the improvements to its design, it has delivered an all-season, durable, and performance tire. 

Sure, the price is slightly more expensive, but for the performance you get, it’s worth it. 

Keep in mind that it also performs well on light to medium snow, so there’s no need for you to buy a new set of tires for winter. 

Overall, there is a lot of praise for this tire.

So does it meet expectations?

It’s a resounding yes! 

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