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245/35 ZR 21
245/35R21

The ExtremeContact DW (DW for Dry & Wet) is Continental Tire’s Max Performance Summer tire developed for the drivers of sports cars, sports coupes and performance sedans. The ExtremeContact DW is designed to deliver good ride quality and serious performance on both dry and wet roads. Like all summer tires, the ExtremeContact DW is not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.

ExtremeContact DW tires feature an asymmetric design with chamfered tread blocks and a continuous, outboard notched intermediate rib to enhance responsiveness and cornering stability. Continuous center ribs reduce noise and provide constant rubber-to-road contact to control the longitudinal forces experienced when braking. A high void-to-tread ratio with open outboard lateral grooves, wide circumferential tread grooves and notched shoulder blocks on the inboard intermediate rib and shoulder help disperse water to enhance hydroplaning resistance and wet weather traction.

The ExtremeContact DW features Tuned Performance Indicators – visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder to alert drivers of the tire’s performance levels. A visible “DW” indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions and after the “W” has worn away, the remaining “D” indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only.

The tire’s internal structure includes twin steel belts that are reinforced with spirally wound jointless nylon cap plies to provide long-term integrity under high speed conditions while reducing weight and helping to provide more uniform ride quality.

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245/35 ZR 21
245/35R21

6 COMMENTS

  1. I just had these tires installed on my ’98 SL500. I’ve put them through their paces for several days but I would still consider them as being in the “break-in” period. That said; WOW, what a difference compared to my previous Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. Granted, the former tires had about 30K miles on them and traction was getting iffy, but the new tires exhibit quite different characteristics. Road noise has been reduced to a whisper even at higher speeds and traction is back! Cornering while accelerating is no longer an exercise in having a light foot on the pedal. Wet traction is outstanding, a must here in S. Florida. Straight line performance is exemplary as well. It would say the Continentals are better suited for grand touring while the Pirellis leaned more towards track-like application. My only slight niggle is feel for the road. I feel a bit less connected with these tires, though time may alter that. This softness does add to driving comfort up to 65-70% of maximum use. Turn-in has a bit of a lag: If I turn the wheel slightly, the car will slowly shift in that direction but not in an overly responsive manner. If I turn the steering more quickly, there is a “catch” point where they dig in and the turn becomes more aggressive. I expect this will just be something I need to adjust to, and it isn’t an issue under normal driving conditions. The tires themselves look bigger than the Pirellis, but perhaps that is just my perception. The sidewalls could perhaps be a bit more subtle/refined but they aren’t unattractive. They arrived with a “used” look that I don’t normally see in a new tire, but some glossy sidewall treatment fixed that right up. Time will tell how well they hold up to my mostly moderate and occasionally aggressive driving around town, and the occasional longer trip. Thus far I’m impressed and am very happy I was able to pick up a set while they were on sale. Kort

  2. The first 10000 miles the tires were quiet and responsive, after using them again in this summer, the tires became very loud, the wobble noise is unbearable, had higher expectations for these tires, will not buy again.

  3. Not sure why anyone would complain about this tire. I am used to running Bridgestone Potenza RE050A . They stopped making them and I wanted a tire to match the fronts in terms of grip, etc. Tire Rack suggested this tire. It performed flawlessly. Former Formula driver and karter. I’d buy them again but no longer available in my size.

  4. After 10000 miles these tires have become so noisy I will be replacing them. They started out nice and quite when new. Now they are very noisy. The outer tread blocks on all 4 tires are wearing unevenly. The leading edge of the outer blocks is lower then the trailing edge. I had the alignment checked and it was all within spec. I had the suspension bushings and shocks checked and they are all good. These tires also tend to flat spot if the car is parked for even a few hours at any temperature below 60 F. They have done this since day 1. It takes a few miles on the highway for them to smooth out. The previous Pilot Super Sports exhibited none of these problems.

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