Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus vs. ExtremeContact DWS06
The original ExtremeContact DWS (Dry, Wet and Snow) rolled on the scene over a decade ago and quickly amassed a loyal following because of its legitimate four-season performance. After four years of development, Continental is once again setting a high performance all-season tire benchmark with the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus. It will be offered in 100 sizes, which Continental suggests will cover 96% of the target segment, including new Tesla and C8 Corvette fitments.
What’s the difference between the DWS06 and the DWS06 Plus?
Continental’s commitment to continuous progress means that four-season driving enthusiasts will be better armed than ever before with the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus. The ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus manages to achieve gains in the key performance areas where it was already strong and exactly where many all-season tires fall short.
- Superior dry & wet condition handling, including a 9% improvement in wet road braking performance. Simply put, the new ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus is a superior pure performance tire and faster than its predecessor in dry or wet conditions.
- Remarkable 11% gains in snow traction.
- Measurably more control on icy roads.
- Incremental improvements in both treadlife and noise comfort, which typically suffer as objective high performance is upped.
What is the warranty on Continental tires?
Both the new ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus and original ExtremeContact DWS06 are covered under Continental’s renowned Total Confidence Plan warranty, which includes Flat Tire Roadside Assistance, treadlife coverage (up to 50,000 miles for both tires), road hazard coverage, and more.
The ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus’s class-leading 50,000-mile treadwear warranty and 560 are unchanged from the original, but Continental’s wear analysis shows some improvement in tire life vs. the ExtremeContact DWS06.
Are Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus tires run flat?
The original ExtremeContact DWS06 and ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus are not run flat tires. Run flat tires are most often developed and fitted by vehicle manufacturers as original equipment tires. The DWS06 and DWS06 Plus are aftermarket replacement tires.
ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus tread
Don’t be fooled by the lookalike tread – the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus is almost indistinguishable from the ExtremeContact DWS06. But as is always the case with tires, there’s far more going on than meets the eye.
The DWS06 Plus features compound updates and the newest generation SPORTPLUS+™ Technology, adding new features like Hybrid Cap ply, plus retains the key tread features that made the original DWS06 a resounding all season success.
So much of tire performance is determined beyond the tread, which is demonstrated by the fact that Continental was able to deliver substantial performance gains while keeping the tread design consistent.
Tuned Performance indicators: the tread will tell you when it’s time to replace
Continental will continue to use simple and extremely useful performance and alignment indicators.
When the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus begins to wear, the “S” (signifying snow traction) will be the first to disappear. Because of the importance of tread depth for winter driving, that will mean the tire is no longer optimized for snowy conditions. Next up will be the “W” (signifying wet traction), and finally the “D” (signifying dry traction).
The indicators permit the driver to recognize immediately where the tire is in the wear cycle, then adjust traction expectations and driving style accordingly.
To make sure you achieve the most miles before the loss of any DWS markers, Continental’s Alignment Verification System quickly alerts the driver of potential wheel mis-alignments causing uneven wear, compromised performance, and eventual premature tire expiration.
What does DWS mean on Continental Tires?
“DWS” stands for “Dry-Wet-Snow” and are indicators imprinted on the tread of select Continental all season tires like the ExtremeContact DWS06 and DWS06 Plus. As the tire wears, the DWS indicators disappear.
Historically, Continental DWS-branded tires have been a cut above your typical all season tires in that they deliver legitimate year-round (including reasonable wintertime) performance.
Is the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus good in the snow?
The ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus distinguishes itself from the original DWS06 in snow and ice conditions. According to internal Continental testing, the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus holds a wintertime performance edge over multiple competitors in wintertime performance. The ExtremeContact DWS line has a longstanding reputation as all-season tires that don’t skip out on the important wintertime performance factor, making it a go-to option for those who put a high priority on wintertime performance.
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Continental Debuts New ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus
In the competitive high-performance all-season tire segment, balance is a must: consumers want a tire with solid dry and wet braking that also handles well in light snow. And, they also want it to look good. For Continental Tire the Americas, its ExtremeContact DWS06 garnered praise for all these features. So, they took that tire and made it better.
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During a virtual launch event Wednesday, Continental debuted the tire’s successor – the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus, an ultra-high performance all-season tire that company officials say outshines its predecessor and competitors.
“Everything our consumers loved [about the DWS06], we made every category better,” said Bjoern Glaeser, UHP product engineer who headed up the project.
In tests, the DWS06 Plus showed almost a 10% improvement in wet braking and 11% improvement in snow traction from its predecessor, Glaeser reported. More than 4,000 tires were tested in dry, wet and snowy conditions over the last four years to achieve the desired performance characteristics, Glaeser said.
From an aesthetic and technological aspect, the DWS06 Plus borrows much from its predecessor with the addition of “2021 technology,” Glaeser said.
“From the feedback we received, everybody really enjoyed the intrinsic and bold design of DWS06, and we wanted to continue to not look like every other tire out there,” he remarked. “For enthusiasts, the tire is now quicker, too, for those who want to try it.
Like the DWS06, its “Plus” successor is built with SportPlus+ Technology, which provides drivers with precise handling, security on wet, slippery roads and excellent tread life, Glaeser said. These characteristics take the form of macro tread blocks, chamfered edges, X-shaped sipes, and traction grooves on the tire’s tread that allow for more tire-to-road contact and enhanced grip.
But the differences between the DWS06 and the DWS06 Plus can be seen in the nuances of its tread design and compound. Glaeser said the tire has bigger, stronger tread blocks and full-depth 3-D sipes for enhanced snow grip. The thin rib on the tire’s tread has also been flipped to provide better dry handling on the outside of the tire.
The new tire also comes with Continental’s QuickView Indicators, visual signals on the tire that alert the driver and dealer of misalignment or decreased performance in certain weather conditions.
Expanding on its predecessor, the DWS06 Plus will come in a whopping 100 sizes to fit the needs of performance-focused drivers of sports and luxury cars, CUVs and SUVs, Glaeser said. When all sizes are available, the tire will cover 96% of the all-season ultra-high performance market.
It will be priced competitively, too, according to Brian Beierwaltes, senior marketing manager of brand development. Compared to its competitors, the tire is “positioned strong…when you look at its performance with its value proposition from a pricing aspect.”
Beierwaltes said various consumer promotions will raise awareness around the DWS06 Plus. Those include social media influencer content, product integrations with various automotive publications, and digital and social marketing tools for dealers. The tires will also be showcased on a social media segment called “Cruising with Continental” that features race car driver Ryan Eversly and racing analyst Rutledge Wood taking a cross-country road trip on the new tires.
To promote dealer sell-out, the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus is backed by a strong promotional and rebate lineup throughout the year, highlighted by rebates in June and November, Beierwaltes added.
Manufactured in the Americas and in various European plants, the DWS06 Plus will come in 95 sizes at launch. The tire is backed by a 50,000-mile treadwear limited warranty and Continental’s Total Confidence Plan.
The deadline for dealers to place orders for the tire is Jan. 15 with shipping starting Jan. 24.
Continental Extreme Contact DWS06 All-Season Radial Tire - 225/45ZR17 91W
Continental Extreme Contact DWS06 All-Season Radial Tire
With the wet traction grip, this all-season performance tire rules the road all year long with edge SportPlus Technology. Dry, wet, or snow, bring it on.
Tuned for drivers who want a true all-season tire without sacrificing performance, handling, and traction even in rain and light snow, the ExtremeContact DWS06 is Continental's latest edge performance all-season tire with massive wet and dry grip, injecting powerful confidence into every turn and straightaway.
Designed from the road up, the powerful ExtremeContact DWS06 uses Continental's own cutting-edge SportPlus Technology, combining all-season reliability and handling for a Sunday drive in a rainstorm or a summer trip with the top down. Own the road the way it was meant to be: on your terms, not the weather.
Continental Tire Introduces the ExtremeContact™ DWS06 Plus
- The ExtremeContactTM DWS06Plus is available February 1, 2021.
- Available in 100 sizes ranging from 16-22” and covering 96% of the market.
Fort Mill, S.C. – February 1, 2021. Continental Tire launched its latest all-season ultra-high performance tire, the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus on February 1, 2021.
The new offering is available in 100 sizes and covers 96% of the all-season ultra-high performance market.
The ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus is the successor to the popular ExtremeContact™DWS06 with improvement in all key performance areas including enhanced dry and wet handling, improved braking, and improved snow and ice performance.* It also features exceptional tread life and is backed by a 50,000 mile limited tread life warranty.
Continental Tire’s SportPlus™ Technologyprovides precise handling, security on wet, slippery roads and excellent tread life, while QuickView Indicators visually inform drivers to the level tires are performing in dry, wet and snow, and the need to check vehicles’ alignment.
The ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus is the ideal tire for performance-focused drivers of sports and luxury cars, CUVs and SUVs.
“We’re thrilled to introduce this new and improved all-season ultra-high performance tire to the market,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for Continental Tire. “We made improvements to the already successful ExtremeContact DWS06 by taking what our customers loved about the tire and making it even better with the ExtremeContact DWS06Plus.”
The ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus is upheld by Continental Tire’s Total Confidence Plan which provides an extra measure of confidence with a comprehensive package of available warranties and services including: Limited Warranty, Flat Tire Roadside Assistance, Customer Satisfaction Trial, Mileage Warranty (if applicable) and Road Hazard Coverage.
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*Based on internal testing of the ExtremeContact™ DWS06 Plus versus ExtremeContact™ DWS06 in size 225/45 ZR18. On road results may vary.
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