I have the Continental Extreme Contact DWS's and although I really like them, they make me feel a bit disconnected from the road (a complaint that people have with the GS already, and I think the tires make this even more noticeable). I have always in the past been a fan of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS Pole Position tires and will consider both the Continentals and the Bridgestone's when it is time to replace them again. I have not driven on the the RE970's yet, but I have spoken to Tire Rack and Bridgestone about them and the differences between those and the RE960's. I am excited to try them as I hear they perform even better in wet conditions and give the driver even more connection to the road which was already a strong point of the RE960's.
Continental Extreme Contact DWS's
- Ultra-high performance
- GREAT snow performance
- D-W-S tread depth indicator
- Inexpensive ($142.00 per tire)
- Feel a bit mushy when cornering. Nothing drastic, but it feels like the sidewalls are soft when I corner hard. Makes driver feel disconnected.
- Can get backordered.
- Not as good of dry or wet handling
- Not as durable in terms of road hazard resistance.
Bridgestone Potenza RE970 AS Pole Position
- GREAT dry handling.
- GREAT wet handling (one of the large changes from the RE960 AS)
- GREAT cornering
- Responds well to driver inputs... makes driver feel connected to the road.
- Durable in terms of road hazard resistance
- Perform like a quiet & comfortable summer tire that can handle wet and snow.
- I really like the aesthetics of the tread pattern, I know this is opinion and probably not the most important thing to consider, I thought it was worth mentioning.
- Although they are acceptable in the snow, the DWS's perform better.
- Expensive $189.00 vs $142.00 for the DWS's.
- Can be a bit loud on rough surfaces and over bumps.