I'm good at keeping secrets (says me), but this one I am going to share with you. Continental Tire North America LLC is replacing the ExtremeContact DWS.

Whaaaaat? One of the most popular ultra-high performance all-season tires on the market, known for its snow traction? Yep. But you don't have to worry. The ExtremeContact DWS06 will be only incrementally different. And, according to Joe Maher, product manager for passenger and winter tires, the snow traction equals that of the DWS.

Continental gave a sneak peek of the tire at the 2015 launch of its latest winter tires in Big Sky, Mont., Jan. 13-15. No pictures were allowed.

The new DWS06 UHP all-season tire will have improved handling, "especially crispness of response," said Maher. Wet traction also has been approved.

If you liked the appearance of the tire, again, don't worry. It will greatly resemble its predecessor. 

The tire will be available in 87 W- and Y-rated sizes targeting the same type of fitments as the DWS: sports cars, sporty cars and crossover vehicles.

I was in attendance when the existing ExtremeContact DWS and DW were launched in March of 2009. They both featured innovative "Tuned Performance Indicators" -- visible letters built into the second rib of the tread. (Continental refers to the technology as its Alignment Verification System.)

The marketing technology is cool because as the letters wear, they alert drivers to the tire's optimal performance levels. The "D" indicates the tire is at optimum tread depth for dry conditions, the "W" for wet conditions and the "S" for snow conditions.

Yes, the DWS06 also features that technology. See, didn't I tell you not to worry?

Also in Montana, Continental openly introduced two new tires, the Continental WinterContactSI (CSI for short?) and the General Grabber Arctic LT. To read all about them -- and see pictures of them -- check out these links:

"Winter wonder: the General Grabber Arctic LT."

"Ready for next winter: the WinterContactSI."

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Bob Ulrich
Bob Ulrich

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Editor Bob Ulrich has earned a reputation as an industry expert thanks to his insightful, in-depth articles and blogs on the tire industry. Before joining Modern Tire Dealer in 1985, Bob earned a B.A. in English literature from Ohio Northern University. Also, he graduated from the University of Akron School of Law with a J.D.

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Editor Bob Ulrich has earned a reputation as an industry expert thanks to his insightful, in-depth articles and blogs on the tire industry. Before joining Modern Tire Dealer in 1985, Bob earned a B.A. in English literature from Ohio Northern University. Also, he graduated from the University of Akron School of Law with a J.D.

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